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Buried report’s hard truths for regional councils – David Williams, Newsroom

Why did a report on the performance of the country’s environmental watchdogs drop on Budget day? Perhaps because of the criticism it contained.

The performance of regional councils have been prominent in Newsroom’senvironmental reporting. Canterbury’s regional council decided to confirm irrigation consents for a major Mackenzie Basin dairy farm, against its own ecological advice.

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Tenure review receives $100 million funding, despite it being killed off – Paul Gorman, Stuff.co.nz

University of Canterbury tenure review specialist Dr Ann Brower is questioning why there is still so much money in the Government's coffers for the process.

University of Canterbury tenure review specialist Dr Ann Brower is questioning why there is still so much money in the Government’s coffers for the process. Linz deputy chief executive, crown property, Jerome Sheppard said in a statement a “legislative process” to stop tenure review was under way.  “The tenure review process will not actually stop until legislation is passed in Parliament. We have no timeframe for when this will happen. Until legislation is passed … the commissioner [of Crown lands] and Linz will continue to carry out the review process.”

New Zealand is turning green and tourists won’t like it, artist warns – Debbie Jamieson – Stuff.co.nz

Artist Grahame Sydney at his Central Otago studio.

New Zealand is turning a dangerous shade of green, artist Grahame Sydney says.   The man who has painted the arid landscapes of Central Otago into international fame is appalled at the increasing presence of large-scale irrigation plants and noxious wilding pines in some of the country’s best loved environments.   New Zealand is becoming the same colour from top to bottom and that colour is green.

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