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New Zealand will begin phasing down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from 2020 as part of an international effort expected to avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming.

A two stage process to improve the resource management system was announced today by Environment Minister David Parker.

The Government today is announcing its next steps to improve the state of our waterways, promising a noticeable improvement in water quality within five years.

Speech notes for Essential Freshwater launch.

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The Environment Court has today granted the resource consent for the 36th America's Cup bases in Auckland and the associated infrastructure and activities.

The Government is establishing a new group to broaden the conversation with Māori on freshwater.

An address to the Environmental Defence Society annual conference

 Auckland, 1 August 2018

New guidelines released today by Environment Minister David Parker are intended to assist councils in their monitoring, compliance and enforcement duties under the Resource Management Act. 

The Government will act immediately on some recommendations of the Land and Water Forum including prioritising action in the most “at-risk” catchments. 

An address to the Forest & Bird Annual Conference, Wellington, 23 June 2018

Plans that are easier to use and prepare under the Resource Management Act (RMA) have taken a step closer with the release of the first set of draft National Planning Standards.

A plan to help farmers and growers reduce their impact on fresh water, through good farming practices, has been launched today. 

The Coalition Government and the primary sector will work together to boost the science behind the valuable Overseer farm management tool, say Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Environment Minister David Parker.

A new unit will be established to oversee compliance with the Resource Management Act (RMA) and to improve consistency across councils, says Environment Minister David Parker.

The Government has taken the first step in a series of changes to resource management processes, aimed at fixing failures in law passed by the previous government, and has signalled a wider review of the RMA in 2019.

Environment Minister David Parker will meet his Australian counterparts in Melbourne tomorrow to discuss policy issues in their portfolio areas.

A report on the state of the country’s land has highlighted the impact of urban sprawl, the loss of important wetlands and emerging problems associated with soil compaction.

Address to the Resource Management Law Association Seminar, 28 March 2018

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World Water Day is a time to celebrate the efforts of the many thousands of New Zealanders who are taking action to improve water quality and restore our streams, lakes and rivers, says Environment Minister David Parker.

Collaboration between central and local government agencies, local landowners and NZ Aluminium Smelters has resulted in an agreement that will see stockpiles of aluminium dross, which is a by-product from aluminium production, removed from sites a