All posts by Mackenzie Guardians

Stop using Covid-19 as cover for lobbying-as-usual. Donna Awatere Huata, Newsroom

The cost of the Government making concessions to agricultural lobbying groups amid the Covid-19 crisis will end up being paid for by our environment and our people, writes Māori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere Huata

…………The first report to come out of the Act, Environment Aotearoa 2019, describes farming as the single largest polluter of both water and land. It highlights that what they call their “good management practices” pose the greatest risk for the survival of native species – 76 percent of which are in danger of extinction.

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It`s time to align tourism with conservation – OP Nicky Snoyink, Otago Daily Times

Nature must take centre stage when reimagining tourism in New Zealand writes Nicky Snoyink.                                                                                                                                                           Many of New Zealand’s evocative landscapes, like the Mackenzie Basin, are highly vulnerable to development and overuse. A Mackenzie dryland heritage area is vital to protecting what remains of those vast, golden landscapes New Zealanders know and love. The Mackenzie Basin needs tourism planning that prioritises and invests in nature protection and good community infrastructure.

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EDS today released its Tourism and Landscape Protection report which is the first case study published as part of its broader Protected Landscapes Project. The report is co-authored by EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart and EDS Solicitor Cordelia Woodhouse.

“Prior to Covid-19, tourism was New Zealand’s number one export earner. Tourists mainly came to see our natural landscapes. But the rapid growth of the industry came at considerable environmental and social cost,” said Raewyn Peart.

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EDS seeking funding for High Court case on Mackenzie Country dairy conversion – EDS Media Release

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is fighting a High Court appeal by Simons Pass Station Ltd regarding the consenting pathway for further expansion of intensive dairying in the Mackenzie Country.

“The appeal brought by Simons Pass Station Ltd is seeking to overturn an Environment Court decision that granted declarations sought by Mackenzie District Council as to the correct activity status for agricultural conversion consents on the property,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor.

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