Have your say on RMA reforms

Whether you’re an environmental campaigner or a land developer, everyone has a complaint about the Resource Management Act (RMA).  Since it was introduced in 1991 it has become far too complex, and our environment has significantly degraded despite its lofty aims.

Now, the government is undertaking a major review of the RMA.  The review panel has issued an “issues and options” paper and is inviting public comment by 3 February 2020.Read More »

Waihi Gold Mining is “Inherently Unsustainable” – Minister

 At Last, a Government Minister Tells the Truth About Gold Mining

Oceana Gold (New Zealand) Ltd has been refused consent under the Overseas Investment Act to buy land to expand its Waihi gold mines. Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage says expansion of gold mining at Waihi is inherently unsustainable, poses potentially large environmental and economic risks should tailings reservoirs fail, will increase climate-damaging emissions, and will provide only moderate employment benefits.Read More »

Judy Lawrence – Climate Change Adaptation. We Are Not Ready

Judy Lawrence is one of the foremost experts and advisers to the Government on climate change adaptation.  She has written a wonderful opinion piece for Spinoff. I’m going to quote from her article at some length because she takes up many of the themes I have been writing about – just more succinctly and expertly.  You can read the full version hereRead More »

Thames Retirement Village is on a Coastal Hazard Site

Thames-Coromandel District Council Registers a Coastal Inundation Hazard Notation on the Richmond Villas Title

Radio New Zealand has reported how in December 2018, TCDC quietly registered a hazard notation on the title of the Richmond Villas retirement village complex.  This notation confirms that the site is subject to a natural hazard of coastal inundation (flooding), “because the land is considered to be subject to Inundation, being potential; flooding, overland flow, storm surge, tidal effects, and ponding”Read More »