ECO News http://www.eco.org.nz News from Eco.org.nz Feedmaker Achieving Genuine progress for the Environment? ECO Conference - Wellington 22-23 August http://www.eco.org.nz/news/290/15/Achieving-Genuine-progress-for-the-Environment-ECO-Conference---Wellington-22-23-August.html Media Advisory – 21 August 2014 Achieving Genuine progress for the Environment? ECO Conference - Wellington  22-23 August   Achieving genuine progress for the Environment is the question at the heart of the ECO conference Friday – Saturday 22-23 August... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:03:11 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/290/15/Achieving-Genuine-progress-for-the-Environment-ECO-Conference---Wellington-22-23-August.html New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species http://www.eco.org.nz/news/289/15/New-shark-finning-laws-fall-short-for-threatened-species.html New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species, says Shark Alliance Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:57:24 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/289/15/New-shark-finning-laws-fall-short-for-threatened-species.html Greenpeace Wins Charity Case in Supreme Court http://www.eco.org.nz/news/288/15/Greenpeace-Wins-Charity-Case-in-Supreme-Court.html Campaigning organisations can register as charities, the Supreme Court ruled this afternoon. The ruling comes after a long-running court battle waged by Greenpeace. Today, the Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeal, saying that that charities can engage in political... Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:14:49 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/288/15/Greenpeace-Wins-Charity-Case-in-Supreme-Court.html New Report Calls for Protection of the Weddell Sea Region http://www.eco.org.nz/news/287/15/New-Report-Calls-for-Protection-of-the-Weddell-Sea-Region.html As part of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance’s (AOA) proposal to designate marine protected areas (MPA) and marine reserves across 19 regions around Antarctica, the AOA today launched its new report titled  Antarctic Ocean Legacy: Towards Protection of the Weddell Sea... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:50:35 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/287/15/New-Report-Calls-for-Protection-of-the-Weddell-Sea-Region.html Taranaki’s first Oil/Gas marine consent – a death knell for marine mammals http://www.eco.org.nz/news/286/15/Taranaki-s-first-Oil-Gas-marine-consent-a-death-knell-for-marine-mammals.html Austrian oil giant OMV’s application to drill up to seven new wells from its Maari platform is the first oil/gas marine consent being processed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) under the EEZ and Continental Shelf Act. “If approved, the... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:53:06 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/286/15/Taranaki-s-first-Oil-Gas-marine-consent-a-death-knell-for-marine-mammals.html Government Puts Coromandel at Risk http://www.eco.org.nz/news/285/15/Government-Puts-Coromandel-at-Risk.html Coromandel residents are outraged after discovering Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is an investor in Antipodes Gold, which in partnership with Newmont Waihi Gold, is due to resume exploration drilling in the Parakiwai Valley behind Whangamata. On ACC’s website it claims... Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:22:24 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/285/15/Government-Puts-Coromandel-at-Risk.html Mining decision a tragedy for Denniston plateau http://www.eco.org.nz/news/284/15/Mining-decision-a-tragedy-for-Denniston-plateau.html The news that Bathurst plans to start mining at Denniston on 1 July is a tragedy for the stunning ecology of the plateau, Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA) said today. “Not only is this a tragedy for the beautiful plateau,... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:46:59 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/284/15/Mining-decision-a-tragedy-for-Denniston-plateau.html Organic course cuts are a move in the wrong direction http://www.eco.org.nz/news/283/15/Organic-course-cuts-are-a-move-in-the-wrong-direction.html The cutting of organic courses at Lincoln University is short-sighted and a move in the wrong direction, according to the Soil & Health Association. As part of a number of course and staff cuts at Lincoln University, three organic courses... Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:30:55 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/283/15/Organic-course-cuts-are-a-move-in-the-wrong-direction.html Solid Energy layoffs more evidence coal won’t provide secure jobs http://www.eco.org.nz/news/282/15/Solid-Energy-layoffs-more-evidence-coal-won-t-provide-secure-jobs.html Further layoffs expected today at Solid Energy’s Stockton mine are a warning that coal cannot be relied on for community prosperity and jobs says Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA). CANA’s new report, Jobs After Coal – a Just Transition for... Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:02:48 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/282/15/Solid-Energy-layoffs-more-evidence-coal-won-t-provide-secure-jobs.html Drill report small victory but not good enough http://www.eco.org.nz/news/281/15/Drill-report-small-victory-but-not-good-enough.html Climate Justice Taranaki (CJT) reaffirms its call for an end to fracking and issuance of any new oil and gas permits. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report supports CJT’s view that the regulatory and management regime here requires major... Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:12:01 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/281/15/Drill-report-small-victory-but-not-good-enough.html Policy Stability, greater economic efficiency and better environmental outcomes expected from Green’s climate policy package http://www.eco.org.nz/news/280/15/Policy-Stability-greater-economic-efficiency-and-better-environmental-outcomes-expected-from-Green-s-climate-policy-package.html The Green’s climate policy is an important proposal to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the most important issue for the future which all political parties should be treating seriously, the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) said today. University policy... Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:59:02 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/280/15/Policy-Stability-greater-economic-efficiency-and-better-environmental-outcomes-expected-from-Green-s-climate-policy-package.html Court decision keeps NZ GE-free http://www.eco.org.nz/news/279/15/Court-decision-keeps-NZ-GE-free.html A recent High Court decision is a victory for New Zealand consumers, farmers and foresters, says the Soil & Health Association. The High Court ruled against a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that two new plant breeding techniques... Fri, 23 May 2014 23:34:03 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/279/15/Court-decision-keeps-NZ-GE-free.html Mining brings no prosperity to communities: report http://www.eco.org.nz/news/278/15/Mining-brings-no-prosperity-to-communities-report.html Coal mining and poor communities go hand in hand in New Zealand, according to new research by the Coal Action Network Aotearoa.  New Zealand’s coal mining communities generally have fewer full time jobs and lower per capita income than their... Thu, 22 May 2014 15:49:35 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/278/15/Mining-brings-no-prosperity-to-communities-report.html Annual Antarctic Treaty meeting Paves Way for Consensus on Marine Protection in Southern Ocean http://www.eco.org.nz/news/275/15/Annual-Antarctic-Treaty-meeting-Paves-Way-for-Consensus-on-Marine-Protection-in-Southern-Ocean.html [BRASILIA, Brazil]  As the 2014 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM), closes today in Brasilia, there is renewed optimism amongst organizations working for marine protection in the Antarctic, after key countries committed to work together in the lead up to this... Thu, 08 May 2014 21:53:54 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/275/15/Annual-Antarctic-Treaty-meeting-Paves-Way-for-Consensus-on-Marine-Protection-in-Southern-Ocean.html XXXVIII Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings conclude with renewed focus on climate change and marine protection http://www.eco.org.nz/news/274/15/XXXVIII-Antarctic-Treaty-Consultative-Meetings-conclude-with-renewed-focus-on-climate-change-and-marine-protection.html B ras ili a : The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)1 joined member states of the Antarctic Treaty, along with observer and expert organizations, in Brasilia this week to discuss measures for the protection of the Antarctic environment. ASOC... Wed, 07 May 2014 15:05:01 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/274/15/XXXVIII-Antarctic-Treaty-Consultative-Meetings-conclude-with-renewed-focus-on-climate-change-and-marine-protection.html 14 wonderful facts about penguins that will amaze you http://www.eco.org.nz/news/276/15/14-wonderful-facts-about-penguins-that-will-amaze-you.html Spot them waddling on the ice, and you may judge the penguin as a somewhat awkward creature. But in fact, these mighty birds have a myriad of extraordinary adaptations to the harsh Antarctic winters in which they thrive. They also... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:37:06 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/276/15/14-wonderful-facts-about-penguins-that-will-amaze-you.html ECO AGM and Conference 2014 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/277/15/ECO-AGM-and-Conference-2014.html Notice of Annual General Meeting   The ECO Annual General Meeting for 2014 will take place as follows.            Date:              Saturday, 23 August 2014            Location:      Wellington (venue TBC)   The ECO executive is working on programme for... Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:56:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/277/15/ECO-AGM-and-Conference-2014.html Youth ambassador to deliver over 77,000 shark fin pledges to minister http://www.eco.org.nz/news/273/15/Youth-ambassador-to-deliver-over-77-000-shark-fin-pledges-to-minister.html A New Zealand Shark Alliance (NZSA) youth ambassador will this afternoon hand a giant shark fin pledge, representing 77,813 pledges that support a ban on shark finning, to Conservation Minister Nick Smith. The pledges were signed by adults and children... Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:33:40 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/273/15/Youth-ambassador-to-deliver-over-77-000-shark-fin-pledges-to-minister.html Which Way New Zealand? http://www.eco.org.nz/news/272/15/Which-Way-New-Zealand.html   National Environmental Summit in Thames: ECO Conference A national environmental summit to chart environmentally better ways forward is planned for Thames, Friday to Sunday 29 and 30 November and 1 December.  The Environment and Conservation Organisations meets in the... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:15:28 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/272/15/Which-Way-New-Zealand.html Anadarko Oil spill equipment grossly inadequate http://www.eco.org.nz/news/271/15/Anadarko-Oil-spill-equipment-grossly-inadequate.html Relax on oil spills: Anadarko’s drill ship has pads, pillows, “socks”, one shovel, gloves and 15 bags with ties, according to their Environmental Impact Report. Andarko lists its oil spill equipment on the drill ship Noble Bob Douglas .  Included... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:49:09 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/271/15/Anadarko-Oil-spill-equipment-grossly-inadequate.html Russia, Ukraine again block global efforts for Southern Ocean Marine Protection – Antarctic Ocean Alliance http://www.eco.org.nz/news/270/15/Russia-Ukraine-again-block-global-efforts-for-Southern-Ocean-Marine-Protection-Antarctic-Ocean-Alliance.html HOBART, 1 November 2013 The partners of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) today said that the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) missed an historic opportunity due to blocking by Russia and the Ukraine again to... Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:26:07 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/270/15/Russia-Ukraine-again-block-global-efforts-for-Southern-Ocean-Marine-Protection-Antarctic-Ocean-Alliance.html How to Vote on THE VOTE ------------ Mining Industry vs. Environmentalists http://www.eco.org.nz/news/269/15/How-to-Vote-on-THE-VOTE--------------Mining-Industry-vs-Environmentalists.html MEDIA RELEASE from TWK Media THE MINING INDUSTRY GOES HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH ENVIRONMENTALISTS ON TV3’S NATIONAL DEBATE PROGRAMME ‘THE VOTE’ New Zealand faces a stark choice on its path to prosperity. Do we protect our 100% Pure brand and ride the... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:37:31 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/269/15/How-to-Vote-on-THE-VOTE--------------Mining-Industry-vs-Environmentalists.html Proposed variation to the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary http://www.eco.org.nz/news/268/15/Proposed-variation-to-the-West-Coast-North-Island-Marine-Mammal-Sanctuary.html A summary of ECO's submission on this proposal: ECO strongly supports the proposal to proposed varation in the North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary including to prohibit commercial and recreational set net fishing between two and seven nautical miles offshore between Pariokariwa... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:01:07 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/268/15/Proposed-variation-to-the-West-Coast-North-Island-Marine-Mammal-Sanctuary.html Activity Classifications Under The EEZ Act http://www.eco.org.nz/news/267/15/Activity-Classifications-Under-The-EEZ-Act.html In September ECO made a submission on: Activity Classifications Under The EEZ Act: A Discussion Document On The Regulation On Exploratory Drilling, Discharge Of Harmful Substances And dumping Of Waste In The Exclusive Economic Zone And Continental Shelf More information... Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:20:33 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/267/15/Activity-Classifications-Under-The-EEZ-Act.html Canterbury, Otago and Southland Conservation Management Strategies http://www.eco.org.nz/news/266/15/Canterbury-Otago-and-Southland-Conservation-Management-Strategies.html ECO has made submissions on the draft Canterbury, Otago and Southland Conservation Management Strategies. More information on these management strategies can be found on the Department of Conservation website as below: Canterbury Otago Southland ECO's submissions can be found in... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:06:58 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/266/15/Canterbury-Otago-and-Southland-Conservation-Management-Strategies.html Conservation Week 2013 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/265/15/Conservation-Week-2013.html Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:26:25 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/265/15/Conservation-Week-2013.html 2013 Review of Sustainability measures and management controls for fishstocks: Part 2 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/263/15/2013-Review-of-Sustainability-measures-and-management-controls-for-fishstocks-Part-2.html 2013 Review of Sustainability measures and management controls for fishstocks: Part 2 ECO made a submission on this consultation by the Ministry of Primary Industries - more information on the consultation can be found here   (see 1. Bluenose, and... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:41:20 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/263/15/2013-Review-of-Sustainability-measures-and-management-controls-for-fishstocks-Part-2.html National’s Removal of Environmental Protections will Inflame Reputational Damage to New Zealand http://www.eco.org.nz/news/262/15/National-s-Removal-of-Environmental-Protections-will-Inflame-Reputational-Damage-to-New-Zealand.html The National Party’s decision to announce the removal of critical environmental protection Principles from the Resource Management Act will further inflame international doubts about the credibility of New Zealand’s 100% pure promotion, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ,... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:48:35 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/262/15/National-s-Removal-of-Environmental-Protections-will-Inflame-Reputational-Damage-to-New-Zealand.html New Zealand Constitutional Review http://www.eco.org.nz/news/264/15/New-Zealand-Constitutional-Review.html Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:47:59 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/264/15/New-Zealand-Constitutional-Review.html Russian delegation blocks global efforts for Antarctic marine protection http://www.eco.org.nz/news/261/15/Russian-delegation-blocks-global-efforts-for-Antarctic-marine-protection.html “Extraordinary missed opportunity” -- AOA   BREMERHAVEN, 16 July 2013 – The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) today called the Russian delegation’s blocking of proposals for the two largest ocean sanctuaries in the world in pristine Antarctic waters, “the loss of... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:46:10 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/261/15/Russian-delegation-blocks-global-efforts-for-Antarctic-marine-protection.html Watchdog Protests Gold Drilling in Conservation Land http://www.eco.org.nz/news/260/15/Watchdog-Protests-Gold-Drilling-in-Conservation-Land.html Media Release Friday July 2013 Watchdog Protests Gold Drilling in Conservation Land Watchdog activists are today occupying a mining exploration site on conservation land in the Parakiwai Valley near Whangamata on the Coromandel Peninsula. “We are here to peacefully protest... Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:10:33 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/260/15/Watchdog-Protests-Gold-Drilling-in-Conservation-Land.html The Islands and Isolated Communities Congress http://www.eco.org.nz/news/259/15/The-Islands-and-Isolated-Communities-Congress.html 9-11 September 2013, Honolulu, Hawai'i More info here: http://www.ct-si.org/events/APCE2013/iicc.html Islands and Isolated Communities are the planet’s vanguard societies facing imported energy dependencies, constrained resources, and vulnerability to climate change. Join global leaders developing solutions and projects; from island nations worldwide,... Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:40:02 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/259/15/The-Islands-and-Isolated-Communities-Congress.html 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas http://www.eco.org.nz/news/258/15/9th-Pacific-Islands-Conference-on-Nature-Conservation-and-Protected-Areas.html This conference will be held in Suva, Fiji from 2-6 December 2013 "This major conference is an ideal opportunity to showcase the successes, best practices and lessons learnt from all member countries and territories in our efforts to preserve our... Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:29:09 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/258/15/9th-Pacific-Islands-Conference-on-Nature-Conservation-and-Protected-Areas.html Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/257/15/Government-Communications-Security-Bureau-and-Related-Legislation-Amendment-Bill.html Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:35:58 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/257/15/Government-Communications-Security-Bureau-and-Related-Legislation-Amendment-Bill.html Universal Periodic Review of New Zealand http://www.eco.org.nz/news/256/15/Universal-Periodic-Review-of-New-Zealand.html Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:02:35 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/256/15/Universal-Periodic-Review-of-New-Zealand.html World Oceans Day - 8 June http://www.eco.org.nz/news/255/15/World-Oceans-Day---8-June.html Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:26:48 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/255/15/World-Oceans-Day---8-June.html World Environment Day - 5 June http://www.eco.org.nz/news/254/15/World-Environment-Day---5-June.html Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:02:06 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/254/15/World-Environment-Day---5-June.html Earth Day 22 April 2013 – ECO – Celebrate those who protect the Earth http://www.eco.org.nz/news/253/15/Earth-Day-22-April-2013-ECO-Celebrate-those-who-protect-the-Earth.html Today, Earth Day, is a day for celebrating all the people who take action to protect the environment, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ, ECO. “People who take the bus or walk instead of driving, people who skype... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:26:17 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/253/15/Earth-Day-22-April-2013-ECO-Celebrate-those-who-protect-the-Earth.html Government Bid to Criminalise Sea Protests Slammed - Move Against International Law, says Legal Advice http://www.eco.org.nz/news/251/15/Government-Bid-to-Criminalise-Sea-Protests-Slammed---Move-Against-International-Law-says-Legal-Advice.html A range of well-known New Zealand groups and individuals have today slammed the government’s controversial move to criminalise aspects of peaceful protests at sea. In a joint statement, Greenpeace, Rt Hon Geoffrey Palmer QC, Peter Williams QC, WWF, Forest and... Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:36:37 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/251/15/Government-Bid-to-Criminalise-Sea-Protests-Slammed---Move-Against-International-Law-says-Legal-Advice.html Resource Management Reform Bill: discussion paper http://www.eco.org.nz/news/250/15/Resource-Management-Reform-Bill-discussion-paper.html Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:02:35 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/250/15/Resource-Management-Reform-Bill-discussion-paper.html New campaign to protect Whangamata Bar http://www.eco.org.nz/news/249/15/New-campaign-to-protect-Whangamata-Bar.html The Whangamata Bar Association Inc. with the support of Surfbreak Protection Society (SPS) have launched a campaign to protect Whangamata Bar, a unique seascape feature for the amenity value of surfing. The campaign addresses concerns regarding the dredging practices associated... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:29:17 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/249/15/New-campaign-to-protect-Whangamata-Bar.html Giant Eel Comes to Parliament - New Zealand Threatened Species Delivers Petition http://www.eco.org.nz/news/252/15/Giant-Eel-Comes-to-Parliament---New-Zealand-Threatened-Species-Delivers-Petition.html On Tuesday 19 at 12.30 pm ,  a 150 metre (and growing) longfin eel made of recycled cloth constructed by over 3000 people within and beyond New Zealand will be carried to Parliament to deliver the 5000 signature   Lifeline... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:39:01 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/252/15/Giant-Eel-Comes-to-Parliament---New-Zealand-Threatened-Species-Delivers-Petition.html Organic farmers cope better in drought http://www.eco.org.nz/news/248/15/Organic-farmers-cope-better-in-drought.html "The recent suggestion from Federated Farmers vice president William Rolleston to allow genetically engineered ryegrass into NZ to alleviate the drought is outrageous and factually inaccurate," says Debbie Swanwick, spokesperson for Soil & Health - Organic NZ. "Rather than going... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:39:05 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/248/15/Organic-farmers-cope-better-in-drought.html NZ Shark Alliance asks if Govt’s view on shark finning changing http://www.eco.org.nz/news/247/15/NZ-Shark-Alliance-asks-if-Govt-s-view-on-shark-finning-changing.html          New Zealand’s support for new international laws to protect sharks has been applauded by the New Zealand Shark Alliance (NZSA), and is being seen as a sign that the Government may ban shark finning in local waters. It is... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:59:11 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/247/15/NZ-Shark-Alliance-asks-if-Govt-s-view-on-shark-finning-changing.html Resource Management Reform Bill 2012 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/244/15/Resource-Management-Reform-Bill-2012.html Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:52:25 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/244/15/Resource-Management-Reform-Bill-2012.html Resource Management Act Changes Undermine Environmental Protection and Introduce Uncertainty http://www.eco.org.nz/news/243/15/Resource-Management-Act-Changes-Undermine-Environmental-Protection-and-Introduce-Uncertainty.html Government proposed changes to the Resource Management Act will undermine environmental protection and introduce uncertainty, the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO) says. “The changes to the RMA would strike at the heart of the environmental protection objective of... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:45:34 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/243/15/Resource-Management-Act-Changes-Undermine-Environmental-Protection-and-Introduce-Uncertainty.html Solid Energy: Poor government ETS policies and unwise fossil fuel investments require rethink http://www.eco.org.nz/news/242/15/Solid-Energy-Poor-government-ETS-policies-and-unwise-fossil-fuel-investments-require-rethink.html Solid Energy has done the right thing to abandon plans to dig and process lignite, but suggestions that the coal market will return to normal is unlikely and a re-think is needed, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 21:24:09 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/242/15/Solid-Energy-Poor-government-ETS-policies-and-unwise-fossil-fuel-investments-require-rethink.html Westland Tai Poutini NPMP partial review http://www.eco.org.nz/news/245/15/Westland-Tai-Poutini-NPMP-partial-review.html Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:01:56 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/245/15/Westland-Tai-Poutini-NPMP-partial-review.html SPRFMO Outcomes: Jack Mackerel catch risks for wider. Ecosystem issues parked. http://www.eco.org.nz/news/241/15/SPRFMO-Outcomes-Jack-Mackerel-catch-risks-for-wider-Ecosystem-issues-parked.html "Jack Mackerel Fish stocks and their associated ecosystems are still at risk according to environmentalist, at the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management meeting which finishes in Auckland today', says Mauricio Galvez, Regional Fishery Officer at WWF Chile. “Bottom fishing impacts and aspects... Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:49:21 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/241/15/SPRFMO-Outcomes-Jack-Mackerel-catch-risks-for-wider-Ecosystem-issues-parked.html South Pacific Fisheries negotiations impasse - Talks in Auckland continue into the night http://www.eco.org.nz/news/240/15/South-Pacific-Fisheries-negotiations-impasse---Talks-in-Auckland-continue-into-the-night.html Thursday 31 January 2013 (10.23pm) – Auckland , New Zealand – Media Release New South Pacific Fisheries Management Organisation falters on fish cuts and fish allocation disputes. “In Auckland New Zealand, today delegates attending the South Pacific Fisheries Management Organisation’s,... Fri, 01 Feb 2013 09:13:59 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/240/15/South-Pacific-Fisheries-negotiations-impasse---Talks-in-Auckland-continue-into-the-night.html Mothball lignite plant, Coal Action tells Solid Energy http://www.eco.org.nz/news/239/15/Mothball-lignite-plant-Coal-Action-tells-Solid-Energy.html Mataura, Southland – 18 January 2013- Coal Action Network members today presented Solid Energy with a “low carbon future” basket of sustainably-grown vegetables to represent the future of Southland’s fertile farming, and some mothballs for its lignite projects. On the... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:39:42 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/239/15/Mothball-lignite-plant-Coal-Action-tells-Solid-Energy.html PM urged to make protecting the Ross Sea a personal mission http://www.eco.org.nz/news/238/15/PM-urged-to-make-protecting-the-Ross-Sea-a-personal-mission.html WELLINGTON, 17th Jan 2013 – The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) has called on New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to make a personal commitment to securing a marine reserve in the Ross Sea this year, and to increase the level... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:35:56 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/238/15/PM-urged-to-make-protecting-the-Ross-Sea-a-personal-mission.html Watchdog on the road to save the Coromandel! http://www.eco.org.nz/news/237/15/Watchdog-on-the-road-to-save-the-Coromandel.html Media Release 30-12-2012 Today Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki launched its summer roadtrip to celebrate the unique nature of this special holiday destination and raise awareness of the threats posed to the area from mining. The Watchdog crew will be at... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:59:32 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/237/15/Watchdog-on-the-road-to-save-the-Coromandel.html Draft Minerals Programmes http://www.eco.org.nz/news/246/15/Draft-Minerals-Programmes.html Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:12:42 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/246/15/Draft-Minerals-Programmes.html Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/236/15/Resource-Management-Restricted-Duration-of-Certain-Discharge-and-Coastal-Permits-Amendment-Bill.html Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:36:26 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/236/15/Resource-Management-Restricted-Duration-of-Certain-Discharge-and-Coastal-Permits-Amendment-Bill.html Australia leaps far ahead of New Zealand in Marine Protected Areas http://www.eco.org.nz/news/234/15/Australia-leaps-far-ahead-of-New-Zealand-in-Marine-Protected-Areas.html Australia now has marine protected areas network covering 36% of the Australian marine environment several order of magnitudes ahead of New Zealand, the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO) said today. “Last week the Australian Government announced the addition... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:37:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/234/15/Australia-leaps-far-ahead-of-New-Zealand-in-Marine-Protected-Areas.html Power Shift NZ-Pacific - youth climate summit 7-9 December http://www.eco.org.nz/news/231/15/Power-Shift-NZ-Pacific---youth-climate-summit-7-9-December.html 7-9 December - Auckland This isn’t a normal, boring, or expensive, conference. This is something different . It’s a 3-day youth event with entertainment, skills development workshops for our future leaders, fascinating and inspiring speakers, a massive media action on... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:23:57 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/231/15/Power-Shift-NZ-Pacific---youth-climate-summit-7-9-December.html Investors beware: Van Diemens Land dairy expansion would destroy endangered devils and quolls http://www.eco.org.nz/news/230/15/Investors-beware-Van-Diemens-Land-dairy-expansion-would-destroy-endangered-devils-and-quolls.html REISSUE OF MEDIA RELEASE (12 November 2012) Investors beware: Van Diemens Land dairy expansion would destroy endangered devils and quolls The Tasmanian Conservation Trust has today issued a warning to potential investors in the Van Diemen’s Land company dairy expansion... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:16:42 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/230/15/Investors-beware-Van-Diemens-Land-dairy-expansion-would-destroy-endangered-devils-and-quolls.html Summer Gathering Arthurs Pass January 2013 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/229/15/Summer-Gathering-Arthurs-Pass-January-2013.html Summer Gathering, Arthur's Pass, North Canterbury: Friday 25 - Sunday 27 January 2013 Join us for a summer weekend of ideas, discussion and networking in a wonderful location. TOPICS: Organising for change Creating social change Environmental networking Using the law... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:04:37 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/229/15/Summer-Gathering-Arthurs-Pass-January-2013.html Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust conference - October 2013 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/228/15/Yellow-eyed-Penguin-Trust-conference---October-2013.html Conservation Inc. - What's ahead for community-based conservation in NZ? The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust will be hosting this conference on 17-18 October 2013. Conservation in NZ is on the threshold of fundamental change. This conference is to bring NGOs up... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:59:20 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/228/15/Yellow-eyed-Penguin-Trust-conference---October-2013.html Protected Areas jeopardised by Crown Minerals Bill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/225/15/Protected-Areas-jeopardised-by-Crown-Minerals-Bill.html Media Release 16 November 2012 The Crown Minerals Bill will strip the Minister of Conservation of a whole lot of powers and hand them over to the economic ministers the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ said today. “The Bill... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:15:20 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/225/15/Protected-Areas-jeopardised-by-Crown-Minerals-Bill.html Review of the Maui's Dolphin Threat Management Plan http://www.eco.org.nz/news/233/15/Review-of-the-Maui-s-Dolphin-Threat-Management-Plan.html Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:19:46 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/233/15/Review-of-the-Maui-s-Dolphin-Threat-Management-Plan.html All parties – bar one – join forces to support shark finning ban http://www.eco.org.nz/news/226/15/All-parties-bar-one-join-forces-to-support-shark-finning-ban.html New Zealand Shark Alliance media release for immediate use All the political parties – except National - put aside their differences today to support a pledge to end shark finning in New Zealand. Cross-party support for the New Zealand Shark... Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:30:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/226/15/All-parties-bar-one-join-forces-to-support-shark-finning-ban.html Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/223/15/Crown-Minerals-Permitting-and-Crown-Land-Bill.html Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:17:18 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/223/15/Crown-Minerals-Permitting-and-Crown-Land-Bill.html World Watches as CCAMLR Stalls on Ross Sea Marine Protection http://www.eco.org.nz/news/224/15/World-Watches-as-CCAMLR-Stalls-on-Ross-Sea-Marine-Protection.html 2 November 2012, Hobart The meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) wrapped up in Hobart, with no agreement on Ross Sea Protection. ECO Spokesperson, Cath Wallace said the meeting failed to adopt the... Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:03:05 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/224/15/World-Watches-as-CCAMLR-Stalls-on-Ross-Sea-Marine-Protection.html Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Amendment Bill 2012 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/232/15/Environment-Canterbury-Temporary-Commissioners-and-Improved-Water-Management-Amendment-Bill-2012.html ECO made a submission on this Bill in October and raised concerns about the implications of this Bill for participative democracy, resource management and sustainable development   Details of the Bill can be found on the Select Committee website here... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:48:37 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/232/15/Environment-Canterbury-Temporary-Commissioners-and-Improved-Water-Management-Amendment-Bill-2012.html Antarctic Ocean Alliance calls on CCAMLR Delegates to seize opportunity for unprecedented marine protection http://www.eco.org.nz/news/227/15/Antarctic-Ocean-Alliance-calls-on-CCAMLR-Delegates-to-seize-opportunity-for-unprecedented-marine-protection.html HOBART, 23 October 2012 – The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) called on Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to seize the opportunity to establish unprecedented marine protection in the Southern Ocean as its... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:11:48 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/227/15/Antarctic-Ocean-Alliance-calls-on-CCAMLR-Delegates-to-seize-opportunity-for-unprecedented-marine-protection.html Marine Legislation Bill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/235/15/Marine-Legislation-Bill.html Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:39:12 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/235/15/Marine-Legislation-Bill.html NZ govt fails Maui’s dolphins on global stage http://www.eco.org.nz/news/222/15/NZ-govt-fails-Maui-s-dolphins-on-global-stage.html The government has come under fire for opposing action to save the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin at the world’s largest conservation summit – with leading conservation groups calling New Zealand’s actions on the international stage ‘shameful’. A motion to stop... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 23:46:14 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/222/15/NZ-govt-fails-Maui-s-dolphins-on-global-stage.html NZ risks political ‘train-wreck’ in rejecting joint US Ross Sea marine reserve proposal http://www.eco.org.nz/news/221/15/NZ-risks-political-train-wreck-in-rejecting-joint-US-Ross-Sea-marine-reserve-proposal.html Plans for a marine reserve in the Ross Sea are in trouble after Cabinet rejected a draft agreement with the United States Government on a joint proposal to create the world’s biggest marine reserve in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. In less... Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:00:17 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/221/15/NZ-risks-political-train-wreck-in-rejecting-joint-US-Ross-Sea-marine-reserve-proposal.html Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/220/15/Climate-Change-Response-Emissions-Trading-and-Other-Matters-Amendment-Bill.html Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:39:28 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/220/15/Climate-Change-Response-Emissions-Trading-and-Other-Matters-Amendment-Bill.html High level NZ and US meetings leave fate of Antarctica’s Ross Sea hanging in the balance http://www.eco.org.nz/news/219/15/High-level-NZ-and-US-meetings-leave-fate-of-Antarctica-s-Ross-Sea-hanging-in-the-balance.html Meetings in the United States between high level New Zealand and US government officials last week to hammer out a unified proposal for protecting Antarctica’s Ross Sea mean that the fate of the region, one of the most intact marine... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:17:23 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/219/15/High-level-NZ-and-US-meetings-leave-fate-of-Antarctica-s-Ross-Sea-hanging-in-the-balance.html Notice to establish marine reserves on the West Coast http://www.eco.org.nz/news/217/15/Notice-to-establish-marine-reserves-on-the-West-Coast.html Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:39:02 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/217/15/Notice-to-establish-marine-reserves-on-the-West-Coast.html Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/218/15/Local-Government-Act-2002-Amendment-Bill.html Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:30:51 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/218/15/Local-Government-Act-2002-Amendment-Bill.html DSCC Hails Landmark Proposal to Phase Out Deep-Sea Bottom Trawling in Northeast Atlantic http://www.eco.org.nz/news/216/15/DSCC-Hails-Landmark-Proposal-to-Phase-Out-Deep-Sea-Bottom-Trawling-in-Northeast-Atlantic.html The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) today welcomed the proposal by the European Commission to phase out destructive deep-sea bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting by EU fishing fleets in the Northeast Atlantic. Mathew Gianni of the DSCC stated “The proposal... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:10:33 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/216/15/DSCC-Hails-Landmark-Proposal-to-Phase-Out-Deep-Sea-Bottom-Trawling-in-Northeast-Atlantic.html Alliance calls new research in “Science” an urgent wake up call http://www.eco.org.nz/news/215/15/Alliance-calls-new-research-in-Science-an-urgent-wake-up-call.html On need for large-scale marine protection The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) has called new research in “Science” today (1) an urgent wake up call for the body that regulates the Antarctic marine environment. The new research says that Antarctica faces... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:20:28 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/215/15/Alliance-calls-new-research-in-Science-an-urgent-wake-up-call.html New Zealand in prime position to protect Antarctic waters http://www.eco.org.nz/news/214/15/New-Zealand-in-prime-position-to-protect-Antarctic-waters.html Environmental groups responding to a report today (1) that the Antarctic is under serious threat from fishing and mineral exploration say the New Zealand Government is in prime position to champion new protection measures for the region. In October this... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:00:07 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/214/15/New-Zealand-in-prime-position-to-protect-Antarctic-waters.html Widespread concern over proposed Resource Management Act changes http://www.eco.org.nz/news/213/15/Widespread-concern-over-proposed-Resource-Management-Act-changes.html There was widespread concern at the proposed changes to the Resource Management Act at the Environment and Conservation Organisations’ (ECO) Annual Conference which concluded today in Wellington. ECO Spokesperson Barry Weeber said the changes proposed to the Act’s principles by... Mon, 09 Jul 2012 22:01:38 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/213/15/Widespread-concern-over-proposed-Resource-Management-Act-changes.html ECOs 40th Annual Conference 6-8 July 2012 in Wellington http://www.eco.org.nz/news/212/15/ECOs-40th-Annual-Conference-6-8-July-2012-in-Wellington.html Environmental Responsibility: Leadership, Inclusion and Good Governance ECO annual conference will be held in Wellington Friday 6 July – Sunday 8 July with Friday and Saturday at 8 Jessie St, Wellington, at the Salvation Army Citadel, this coming weekend.  The... Tue, 03 Jul 2012 21:21:36 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/212/15/ECOs-40th-Annual-Conference-6-8-July-2012-in-Wellington.html Emissions Trading System needs strengthening to be effective http://www.eco.org.nz/news/211/15/Emissions-Trading-System-needs-strengthening-to-be-effective.html The Government’s further weakening of New Zealand Emissions Trading System are a major disappointment and will further undermine the effectiveness of the control of climate and ocean damaging pollution, the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) says. Emissions will continue to... Tue, 03 Jul 2012 11:04:40 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/211/15/Emissions-Trading-System-needs-strengthening-to-be-effective.html World Heritage should be protected by Schedule 4 of Crown Minerals Act http://www.eco.org.nz/news/210/15/World-Heritage-should-be-protected-by-Schedule-4-of-Crown-Minerals-Act.html The Government should take action to protect World Heritage and other specially protected areas from mineral activity the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) said today. ECO co-chair Cath Wallace said the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday that mining would not... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:15:06 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/210/15/World-Heritage-should-be-protected-by-Schedule-4-of-Crown-Minerals-Act.html Rio+20: Facing the limits of democracy - Rio+20 has not secured the planet http://www.eco.org.nz/news/209/15/Rio-20-Facing-the-limits-of-democracy---Rio-20-has-not-secured-the-planet.html Facing the limits of democracy and states: Rio+20 has not secured the planet. Rio+20 a festival is for sustainability Rio+20 is not a commitment to the ecology of the planet.  Keeping ‘common and differentiated responsibilities ‘ in the Rio+20 text,... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:40:01 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/209/15/Rio-20-Facing-the-limits-of-democracy---Rio-20-has-not-secured-the-planet.html Global Alliance launches new report calling for protection for over 40% of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean http://www.eco.org.nz/news/208/15/Global-Alliance-launches-new-report-calling-for-protection-for-over-40-of-Antarctica-s-Southern-Ocean.html LONDON, 21 May 2012 The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) will today unveil a new vision for the creation of the world’s largest network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and no-take marine reserves to protect 19 key Antarctic marine habitats with... Tue, 22 May 2012 09:58:26 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/208/15/Global-Alliance-launches-new-report-calling-for-protection-for-over-40-of-Antarctica-s-Southern-Ocean.html Emissions Trading Scheme Proposed Changes http://www.eco.org.nz/news/206/15/Emissions-Trading-Scheme-Proposed-Changes.html ECO made a submission on this consultation done by the Ministry for the Environment. More information on the consultation can be found on the Ministry for the Environment's Climate Change website here . ECO's submission can be found in the... Fri, 11 May 2012 16:33:35 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/206/15/Emissions-Trading-Scheme-Proposed-Changes.html New Plymouth District Council company implicated in forest logging: Tasmanian Devils at risk http://www.eco.org.nz/news/203/15/New-Plymouth-District-Council-company-implicated-in-forest-logging-Tasmanian-Devils-at-risk.html Media release – 7 May 2012 New Plymouth District Council company implicated in forest logging: Tasmanian Devils at risk Plans to destroy Tasmanian native forest and threatened species’ habitat  by the New Plymouth District Council’s were condemned by the Environment... Mon, 07 May 2012 16:31:18 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/203/15/New-Plymouth-District-Council-company-implicated-in-forest-logging-Tasmanian-Devils-at-risk.html Forum calls on Pacific people to value all species http://www.eco.org.nz/news/202/15/Forum-calls-on-Pacific-people-to-value-all-species.html From the IUCN Oceania Regional Office: Suva, Fiji 2 May 2012 (IUCN) – “Pacific Islanders must make every effort to understand and value the various species of plants and animals and natural environments that make up our island homes”. This... Fri, 04 May 2012 17:10:22 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/202/15/Forum-calls-on-Pacific-people-to-value-all-species.html New Zealand King Salmon Farms Proposal http://www.eco.org.nz/news/205/15/New-Zealand-King-Salmon-Farms-Proposal.html ECO made a submission on the proposal by New Zealand King Salmon under the Resource Management Act. More details of the proposal can be found on the Environment Protection Agency's website here ECO's submission can be found as a pdf... Wed, 02 May 2012 16:16:40 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/205/15/New-Zealand-King-Salmon-Farms-Proposal.html Proposed Interim Extension of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary http://www.eco.org.nz/news/207/15/Proposed-Interim-Extension-of-the-West-Coast-North-Island-Marine-Mammal-Sanctuary.html Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:13:51 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/207/15/Proposed-Interim-Extension-of-the-West-Coast-North-Island-Marine-Mammal-Sanctuary.html Crown Minerals Act Review 1991 Regime http://www.eco.org.nz/news/201/15/Crown-Minerals-Act-Review-1991-Regime.html Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:51:31 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/201/15/Crown-Minerals-Act-Review-1991-Regime.html Game Animal Council Bill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/200/15/Game-Animal-Council-Bill.html Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:44:09 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/200/15/Game-Animal-Council-Bill.html Bathurst Resources office opening – not our brighter future http://www.eco.org.nz/news/199/15/Bathurst-Resources-office-opening-not-our-brighter-future.html Media release from Forest & Bird, Greenpeace New Zealand, Coal Action Network Aotearoa, 350 Aotearoa, Generation Zero, ECO (Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand), WWF-New Zealand, OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health, Pacific Institute of Resource Management, Coromandel... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:04:15 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/199/15/Bathurst-Resources-office-opening-not-our-brighter-future.html Background on the Polar Code and Protection of the Ross Sea http://www.eco.org.nz/news/198/15/Background-on-the-Polar-Code-and-Protection-of-the-Ross-Sea.html Polar Code   ASOC and its member groups have been actively engaged in the deliberations by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to develop a mandatory, legally binding Polar Code for shipping in polar regions. ASOC strongly supports negotiation of the... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:37:23 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/198/15/Background-on-the-Polar-Code-and-Protection-of-the-Ross-Sea.html ASOC Briefing on Two Recent Accidents in the Ross Sea http://www.eco.org.nz/news/197/15/ASOC-Briefing-on-Two-Recent-Accidents-in-the-Ross-Sea.html ASOC Briefing on Two Recent Accidents in the Ross Sea, Antarctica Fishing Vessels Sparta and Jeong Woo 2 Sparta: On December 16, 2011 the 23-year-old Russian flagged fishing vessel Sparta , with 32 crew (15 Russian, 1 Ukrainian, 16 Indonesian),... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:20:58 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/197/15/ASOC-Briefing-on-Two-Recent-Accidents-in-the-Ross-Sea.html Fishing in Antarctica’s Ross Sea Unacceptable Say Major Environmental Groups http://www.eco.org.nz/news/196/15/Fishing-in-Antarctica-s-Ross-Sea-Unacceptable-Say-Major-Environmental-Groups.html January 18, 2012 – Washington, DC . In the wake of two major accidents involving fishing vessels in the Ross Sea, Antarctica in the past three weeks, ASOC1 criticized governments for allowing the unsafe vessels into the fragile and dangerous... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:10:29 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/196/15/Fishing-in-Antarctica-s-Ross-Sea-Unacceptable-Say-Major-Environmental-Groups.html Mt William North Mining Project http://www.eco.org.nz/news/204/15/Mt-William-North-Mining-Project.html ECO made a submission on this mining proposal. The submission period closed on Monday 19 March 2012. The hearing is due to commence in Westport at 10am on Monday 21 May, 2012, at the Buller Bridge Club Rooms. ECO's submission... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:50:10 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/204/15/Mt-William-North-Mining-Project.html Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/195/15/Exclusive-Economic-Zone-and-Continental-Shelf-Environmental-Effects-Bill.html ECO made a submission last year on this Bill, and this was revised recently. Copies of the Bill can be found on the legislation website More background can be found here A copy of the submission can be found in... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 10:01:09 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/195/15/Exclusive-Economic-Zone-and-Continental-Shelf-Environmental-Effects-Bill.html Quota Management System no guarantee of sustainability : Consumers should use industry-independent guides http://www.eco.org.nz/news/194/15/Quota-Management-System-no-guarantee-of-sustainability-Consumers-should-use-industry-independent-guides.html Media Release – Tuesday 7 February 2012 – Wellington   Quota Management System no guarantee of sustainability : Consumers should use industry-independent guides The New Zealand quota management system is no guarantee of sustainability and consumers should look for industry... Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/194/15/Quota-Management-System-no-guarantee-of-sustainability-Consumers-should-use-industry-independent-guides.html Ross Sea threatened by another fishing vessel disaster http://www.eco.org.nz/news/193/15/Ross-Sea-threatened-by-another-fishing-vessel-disaster.html Ross Sea threatened by another fishing vessel disaster The Korean fishing vessel on fire (the Jung Woo 2) is the second fishing vessel in trouble this season in the special Ross Sea area of Antarctica say the Environment and Conservation... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:29:07 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/193/15/Ross-Sea-threatened-by-another-fishing-vessel-disaster.html Environmental groups press government to keep promise on mining http://www.eco.org.nz/news/192/15/Environmental-groups-press-government-to-keep-promise-on-mining.html A group of environmental organisations that last year successfully defended national parks from mining is asking the government to keep its promise to give New Zealanders a say about a new plan to mine conservation land on the Denniston Plateau.... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:56:15 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/192/15/Environmental-groups-press-government-to-keep-promise-on-mining.html UN Renews call for Urgent Action to Protect Largest Biosphere on the Planet http://www.eco.org.nz/news/191/15/UN-Renews-call-for-Urgent-Action-to-Protect-Largest-Biosphere-on-the-Planet.html New York, 6 December 2011: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has today adopted a resolution on Oceans and Sustainable Fisheries which calls on high seas fishing nations to take stronger actions to protect deep sea life. Welcomed by the... Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:29:51 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/191/15/UN-Renews-call-for-Urgent-Action-to-Protect-Largest-Biosphere-on-the-Planet.html Coromandel Residents Oppose Mining Survey http://www.eco.org.nz/news/189/15/Coromandel-Residents-Oppose-Mining-Survey.html Local residents and anti-mining group Coromandel Watchdog today blocked Newmont mining activities in forestry and conservation land in the Kauaeranga Valley near Thames and then escorted them from the valley. “We have discovered that Newmont is carrying out geophyscial surveys... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:03:26 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/189/15/Coromandel-Residents-Oppose-Mining-Survey.html Community input needed on coastal management http://www.eco.org.nz/news/188/15/Community-input-needed-on-coastal-management.html Community input needed on coastal management No time has been more important to re-think coastal management says the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO). The trends show that increasing pressure on the coastal environment is happening and is unlikely to change,... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:28:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/188/15/Community-input-needed-on-coastal-management.html Review of Incorporated Society Act 1908 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/190/15/Review-of-Incorporated-Society-Act-1908.html Mon, 14 Nov 2011 10:14:41 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/190/15/Review-of-Incorporated-Society-Act-1908.html National Party Environment and Climate Policy Too Weak http://www.eco.org.nz/news/187/15/National-Party-Environment-and-Climate-Policy-Too-Weak.html “National’s Climate and environmental policies released today are too weak, too slow, and inadequate the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) said today. Disappointingly the environment policies are subservient to economic growth policies that run rough-shod over communities and the environment,... Wed, 09 Nov 2011 23:40:06 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/187/15/National-Party-Environment-and-Climate-Policy-Too-Weak.html Antarctic Alliance congratulates CCAMLR on agreeing to Antarctic Ocean framework http://www.eco.org.nz/news/186/15/Antarctic-Alliance-congratulates-CCAMLR-on-agreeing-to-Antarctic-Ocean-framework.html Antarctic Alliance calls on CCAMLR to prioritise Marine Protection for looming 2012 deadline as delegates commit to framework Antarctic Alliance congratulates CCAMLR on agreeing to Antarctic ocean Marine Protection Framework Calls on international body to prioritise specifics of deliver before... Sun, 06 Nov 2011 14:17:17 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/186/15/Antarctic-Alliance-congratulates-CCAMLR-on-agreeing-to-Antarctic-Ocean-framework.html Organic Winegrowing Reducing Marlborough’s Pesticide Use http://www.eco.org.nz/news/185/15/Organic-Winegrowing-Reducing-Marlborough-s-Pesticide-Use.html 20 October 2011 Soil & Health Association NZ: Organic Winegrowing Reducing Marlborough’s Pesticide Use Organic wine growing in Marlborough is reducing significantly the amount of dangerous pesticides used in the region. With 1400 hectares either BioGro certified organic or in... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:52:32 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/185/15/Organic-Winegrowing-Reducing-Marlborough-s-Pesticide-Use.html Greenpeace Statement on Rena Oil Spill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/184/15/Greenpeace-Statement-on-Rena-Oil-Spill.html Friday, 7 October 2011 Greenpeace statement on Rena oil spill Auckland 7th October, 2011. Greenpeace today expressed extreme concern about the ongoing oil spill from the stricken vessel Rena. Steve Abel, Greenpeace Campaigner, said: “This is an unfortunate illustration of... Fri, 07 Oct 2011 16:49:39 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/184/15/Greenpeace-Statement-on-Rena-Oil-Spill.html Special Appeal: Championing the Public Voice for the Environment http://www.eco.org.nz/news/183/15/Special-Appeal-Championing-the-Public-Voice-for-the-Environment.html ECO Special Appeal 2011 ECO’s championing of the public voice for the environment is vital today as the need for it becomes ever more pressing.  Recently there have been legislative changes limiting the public voice, particularly in the Resource Management... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:40:28 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/183/15/Special-Appeal-Championing-the-Public-Voice-for-the-Environment.html Conservation Management Strategy - gazetted wilderness areas http://www.eco.org.nz/news/182/15/Conservation-Management-Strategy---gazetted-wilderness-areas.html ECO has made a submission on this Department of Conservation consultation. The Department of Conservation contacted several groups asking for input into this review. More information on the consultation can be found in the pdf file attached titled 'Gazetted Wilderness... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:45:43 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/182/15/Conservation-Management-Strategy---gazetted-wilderness-areas.html FIVE YEARS ON – NEW REPORTS SHOW FISHING NATIONS STILL FLOUTING UN PROTECTION http://www.eco.org.nz/news/181/15/FIVE-YEARS-ON-NEW-REPORTS-SHOW-FISHING-NATIONS-STILL-FLOUTING-UN-PROTECTION.html Many countries are failing to implement vital United Nations (UN) resolutions designed to protect vulnerable deep-sea species and ecosystems, according to two reports released today ahead of a debate on deep-sea fisheries by the UN in New York (15 –... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:10:45 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/181/15/FIVE-YEARS-ON-NEW-REPORTS-SHOW-FISHING-NATIONS-STILL-FLOUTING-UN-PROTECTION.html Review of Deepwater Sustainability Measures and other Management Controls for the 2010-11 Fishing Year http://www.eco.org.nz/news/180/15/Review-of-Deepwater-Sustainability-Measures-and-other-Management-Controls-for-the-2010-11-Fishing-Year.html Thu, 11 Aug 2011 09:53:37 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/180/15/Review-of-Deepwater-Sustainability-Measures-and-other-Management-Controls-for-the-2010-11-Fishing-Year.html Can't see the fish for the tuna? http://www.eco.org.nz/news/179/15/Can-t-see-the-fish-for-the-tuna.html Auckland, 10 August, 2011 – Greenpeace has run a full page advertisement, (1) in this week’s issue of a women’s magazine calling on Sealord to change its canned tuna to more sustainable sources. Based on the seafood species posters once... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:12:01 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/179/15/Can-t-see-the-fish-for-the-tuna.html Review of Amateur Set Net Ban for a Defined Area of the ECSI to Manage Fishing-Related Threats to Hector’s Dolphins http://www.eco.org.nz/news/178/15/Review-of-Amateur-Set-Net-Ban-for-a-Defined-Area-of-the-ECSI-to-Manage-Fishing-Related-Threats-to-Hector-s-Dolphins.html Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:04:47 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/178/15/Review-of-Amateur-Set-Net-Ban-for-a-Defined-Area-of-the-ECSI-to-Manage-Fishing-Related-Threats-to-Hector-s-Dolphins.html Review of Inshore Fishstock Sustainability Measures and other Management Controls for the 2011-12 Fishing Year http://www.eco.org.nz/news/177/15/Review-of-Inshore-Fishstock-Sustainability-Measures-and-other-Management-Controls-for-the-2011-12-Fishing-Year.html Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:18:17 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/177/15/Review-of-Inshore-Fishstock-Sustainability-Measures-and-other-Management-Controls-for-the-2011-12-Fishing-Year.html Review of Sustainability Measures and Management Controls for Highly Migratory Species http://www.eco.org.nz/news/176/15/Review-of-Sustainability-Measures-and-Management-Controls-for-Highly-Migratory-Species.html Thu, 04 Aug 2011 09:41:35 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/176/15/Review-of-Sustainability-Measures-and-Management-Controls-for-Highly-Migratory-Species.html Submission on NPS on Biodiversity http://www.eco.org.nz/news/175/15/Submission-on-NPS-on-Biodiversity.html Wed, 03 Aug 2011 11:05:21 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/175/15/Submission-on-NPS-on-Biodiversity.html Hui commits to stop expansion of fossil fuels extraction http://www.eco.org.nz/news/174/15/Hui-commits-to-stop-expansion-of-fossil-fuels-extraction.html Hui commits to stop expansion of fossil fuels extraction Auckland, July 31st 2011: Iwi, community and environmental organisations united at a hui in Auckland this weekend, with the goal of stopping the Government’s efforts to dramatically ramp up the exploitation... Mon, 01 Aug 2011 11:04:44 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/174/15/Hui-commits-to-stop-expansion-of-fossil-fuels-extraction.html Save Our Species (SOS) http://www.eco.org.nz/news/173/15/Save-Our-Species-SOS.html Dear IUCN Members, SOS - Save our Species: New call for proposals open! The first call for proposals for Save Our Species (SOS) is now open! IUCN Members are welcome to apply for an SOS grant for one of the... Mon, 04 Jul 2011 22:18:50 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/173/15/Save-Our-Species-SOS.html Flora and Fauna Wai 262 Report Welcomed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/172/15/Flora-and-Fauna-Wai-262-Report-Welcomed.html The Waitangi Tribunal Flora and Fauna Wai 262 report[1] is thoughtful, constructive and deserving of careful consideration, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ Inc, ECO ECO is likely to find some of the recommendations in the Wai262 Report... Mon, 04 Jul 2011 22:15:36 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/172/15/Flora-and-Fauna-Wai-262-Report-Welcomed.html Emperor Penguins threatened by climate change http://www.eco.org.nz/news/171/15/Emperor-Penguins-threatened-by-climate-change.html While the prognosis improves for Happy Feet, all emperor penguins are at grave risk of extinction from climate change by the end of the century, the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) said today. ECO co-chair Barry Weeber said emperor penguins... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:26:06 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/171/15/Emperor-Penguins-threatened-by-climate-change.html Environment - Community Resilience - Conference - Auckland 1-3 July 2011 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/169/15/Environment---Community-Resilience---Conference---Auckland-1-3-July-2011.html Environment - Community Resilience – Conference -  Auckland  1-3 July 2011 How do a strong and resilient environment and resilient community provide mutual support? That’s the question at the heart of the ECO conference Friday – Sunday 1-3 July where... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 16:29:51 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/169/15/Environment---Community-Resilience---Conference---Auckland-1-3-July-2011.html Job losses at the Department of Conservation will undermine conservation http://www.eco.org.nz/news/168/15/Job-losses-at-the-Department-of-Conservation-will-undermine-conservation.html The loss of over 100 jobs at the Department of Conservation is a body blow and will severely impact their capacity, the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) said today. ECO co-chair Cath Wallace said the Department of Conservation has admitted... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:16:38 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/168/15/Job-losses-at-the-Department-of-Conservation-will-undermine-conservation.html ECO calls on government to heed IUCN call for a ban on minerals activities in World Heritage Areas http://www.eco.org.nz/news/167/15/ECO-calls-on-government-to-heed-IUCN-call-for-a-ban-on-minerals-activities-in-World-Heritage-Areas.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) welcomed the call by International Union for Conservation of Nature ( IUCN) to all Governments to stop mining in World Heritage Areas.  IUCN is an organisation of 200 government and 800 non-governmental organisations. ECO... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:51:25 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/167/15/ECO-calls-on-government-to-heed-IUCN-call-for-a-ban-on-minerals-activities-in-World-Heritage-Areas.html Seismic Testing Pulps Squid and Octopus – New Evidence http://www.eco.org.nz/news/165/15/Seismic-Testing-Pulps-Squid-and-Octopus-New-Evidence.html Spanish research into mass deaths of squid, cuttlefish and octopus has shown that the low frequency sound from seismic testing destroys the organs of these keystone species, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ, ECO. The research by Michel... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:31:25 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/165/15/Seismic-Testing-Pulps-Squid-and-Octopus-New-Evidence.html Government should stop deep sea oil drilling http://www.eco.org.nz/news/164/15/Government-should-stop-deep-sea-oil-drilling.html The Government should stop deep sea oil drilling, the Environment and Conservation Organisations said today. Environmental and Conservation Organisations co-chair Barry Weeber, said ECO supported the Te Whanau a Apanui call to stop Petrobras drilling in the deepwater Raukumara Basin... Wed, 06 Apr 2011 21:11:03 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/164/15/Government-should-stop-deep-sea-oil-drilling.html ECO Conference July 2011 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/163/15/ECO-Conference-July-2011.html ECO Annual Conference: Resilient Environment, Resilient Communities Auckland - 1-3 July Friday, the first day of the Conference, is to be in the excellent Jubilee Hall, Parnell Community Building, close to downtown Auckland. From there we will bus to Carey... Wed, 09 Mar 2011 12:16:45 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/163/15/ECO-Conference-July-2011.html ECO Annual Appeal http://www.eco.org.nz/news/2/15/ECO-Annual-Appeal.html What a great turnaround on the mining issue, thanks to our combined efforts. Right now we can celebrate initial success on that issue but we are asking for your help to achieve more. Our very successful annual conference, which we... Tue, 07 Dec 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/2/15/ECO-Annual-Appeal.html Little progress at Antarctic marine meeting http://www.eco.org.nz/news/3/15/Little-progress-at-Antarctic-marine-meeting.html ASOC MEDIA ADVISORY: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Little progress at Antarctic marine meeting November 5, 2010 – Hobart, Australia: The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), a global coalition of conservation NGOs, is extremely disappointed by the failure of the Commission... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/3/15/Little-progress-at-Antarctic-marine-meeting.html GE food and environment regulators need changing http://www.eco.org.nz/news/31/15/GE-food-and-environment-regulators-need-changing.html New Zealand’s food and environmental safety regulators need either some major staff changes, political policy push or a culture change, if public safety is to be considered properly, according to the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand. The latest... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/31/15/GE-food-and-environment-regulators-need-changing.html International Climate Change Day of Action 10/10/10 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/4/15/International-Climate-Change-Day-of-Action-10-10-10.html Get involved in events near you focusing on climate change action. There are changes we can all make in order to prevent catastrophic climate change, which could cause severe weather patterns and rising sea levels. 350's mission is 'to inspire... Fri, 08 Oct 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/4/15/International-Climate-Change-Day-of-Action-10-10-10.html Land and Water Forum Report a brave start, which is yet to be proved http://www.eco.org.nz/news/5/15/Land-and-Water-Forum-Report-a-brave-start-which-is-yet-to-be-proved.html “ECO (Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ) welcomes the unequivocal call in the Land and Water Forum Report for a National Policy Statement for Freshwater and National Environmental Standards, but says these must be strict, and is cautious as to... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/5/15/Land-and-Water-Forum-Report-a-brave-start-which-is-yet-to-be-proved.html Fundraising concert to help community environmental action http://www.eco.org.nz/news/6/15/Fundraising-concert-to-help-community-environmental-action.html ECO is to host ‘ Echoes – A Concert for the Environment ’ at 7.00pm, Saturday 31 July 2010 at the Adam Concert Room, Victoria University Kelburn Campus, Wellington. Enjoy live music from Wellington-based contemporary music group, the SMP Ensemble,... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/6/15/Fundraising-concert-to-help-community-environmental-action.html Government decision on Schedule Four Welcomed But Conservation Areas still at risk especially with Minister of Economic Development a decision maker http://www.eco.org.nz/news/7/15/Government-decision-on-Schedule-Four-Welcomed-But-Conservation-Areas-still-at-risk-especially-with-Minister-of-Economic-Development-a-decision-maker.html The Government decision not to take areas from Schedule Four is welcome, but the Government decision to give the Minister of Energy and Resources effective control over mining access to conservation land was a major step backwards, the Environment and... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/7/15/Government-decision-on-Schedule-Four-Welcomed-But-Conservation-Areas-still-at-risk-especially-with-Minister-of-Economic-Development-a-decision-maker.html Government's economic Strategy harming the Environment http://www.eco.org.nz/news/8/15/Government-s-economic-Strategy-harming-the-Environment.html The environment is at risk from the government's outdated economic strategy and the suppression of community voice. These were the conclusions from the well-attended Environment and Conservation Organisations, ECO, annual conference held near Christchurch over the weekend. "When the environment... Sun, 04 Jul 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/8/15/Government-s-economic-Strategy-harming-the-Environment.html Concert for the Environment - Wellington, Saturday 31 July http://www.eco.org.nz/news/11/15/Concert-for-the-Environment---Wellington-Saturday-31-July.html The SMP Ensemble, a Wellington-based contemporary music group, together with the support of ECO will be presenting a concert of music dedicated to the environment. There will be music by composers from around the world as well as new works... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/11/15/Concert-for-the-Environment---Wellington-Saturday-31-July.html ECO Conference 2-4 July, Living Springs, Christchurch - Early bird registration closing 18 June http://www.eco.org.nz/news/10/15/ECO-Conference-2-4-July-Living-Springs-Christchurch---Early-bird-registration-closing-18-June.html Friday 2 - Sunday 4 July 2010, Living Springs Conference Centre in Governors Bay, Christchurch. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Early Bird registrations closing 18 June The ECO Conference will bring together a wide range of environmental groups and individuals to... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/10/15/ECO-Conference-2-4-July-Living-Springs-Christchurch---Early-bird-registration-closing-18-June.html Leading conservation groups unite on World Oceans Day http://www.eco.org.nz/news/12/15/Leading-conservation-groups-unite-on-World-Oceans-Day.html On World Oceans Day tomorrow (June 8) New Zealand’s leading independent conservation groups are meeting to work on the current unprecedented threats to our marine environment and natural resources. The groups include Forest & Bird, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund and... Mon, 07 Jun 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/12/15/Leading-conservation-groups-unite-on-World-Oceans-Day.html EPA decision welcomed but hard task ahead http://www.eco.org.nz/news/13/15/EPA-decision-welcomed-but-hard-task-ahead.html The Government decision to establish an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fully fledged is welcomed but more detail is needed to determine whether it will be effective or have the funds to be effective. ECO was responding to announcement today from... Thu, 03 Jun 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/13/15/EPA-decision-welcomed-but-hard-task-ahead.html EIANZ Conference 2010, Te Papa, Wellington 26th – 29th October http://www.eco.org.nz/news/14/15/EIANZ-Conference-2010-Te-Papa-Wellington-26th-29th-October.html Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Conference 2010 "From Discovery to Delivery: Science, Policy, Leadership and Action" is taking place at Te Papa, Wellington from the 26th – 29th October. Confirmed Keynote Speakers are: Professor Marilyn Waring, Professor... Mon, 31 May 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/14/15/EIANZ-Conference-2010-Te-Papa-Wellington-26th-29th-October.html ECO Special Appeal: Help us stop mining on conservation land http://www.eco.org.nz/news/15/15/ECO-Special-Appeal-Help-us-stop-mining-on-conservation-land.html It seems we have a choice: dig deep into our pockets and resources, or the mining industry will be digging in New Zealand’s most precious conservation areas, both marine and on land. We again need your help, and it is... Thu, 13 May 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/15/15/ECO-Special-Appeal-Help-us-stop-mining-on-conservation-land.html Release of Coastal Policy highlights the need for change http://www.eco.org.nz/news/16/15/Release-of-Coastal-Policy-highlights-the-need-for-change.html The release of the revised New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement was welcomed by the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) today. ECO was responding to the release of the report of the statutory Board of Inquiry on the New Zealand Coastal... Thu, 06 May 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/16/15/Release-of-Coastal-Policy-highlights-the-need-for-change.html New Zealand must fill ocean law gaps – Brownlee wrong that oceans protection adequate http://www.eco.org.nz/news/17/15/New-Zealand-must-fill-ocean-law-gaps-Brownlee-wrong-that-oceans-protection-adequate.html The Government needs urgently to fill gaps in maritime law so it has environmental measures in place to control oil exploration and mining on the continental shelf the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) said today. ECO was responding to the... Wed, 05 May 2010 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/17/15/New-Zealand-must-fill-ocean-law-gaps-Brownlee-wrong-that-oceans-protection-adequate.html Environment and Democracy get the Chop in Canterbury http://www.eco.org.nz/news/18/15/Environment-and-Democracy-get-the-Chop-in-Canterbury.html The Government’s axing of the Canterbury Regional Council (ECan) is a major threat to the environment and democracy in Canterbury. ECO Spokesperson, Barry Weeber, said the Government should have looked to strengthen rather than to scrap the regional council. “ECO... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/18/15/Environment-and-Democracy-get-the-Chop-in-Canterbury.html Minister makes wrong bluefin tuna and crayfish decisions? http://www.eco.org.nz/news/19/15/Minister-makes-wrong-bluefin-tuna-and-crayfish-decisions.html The Acting-Minister of Fisheries decision to increase the catch limit for the critically endangered southern bluefin tuna and not to cut the catches of the overfished Gisborne or East Cape rock lobster has appalled the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO).... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/19/15/Minister-makes-wrong-bluefin-tuna-and-crayfish-decisions.html Will New Zealand vote to protect endangered marine species? http://www.eco.org.nz/news/20/15/Will-New-Zealand-vote-to-protect-endangered-marine-species.html The Government’s decision to oppose a measure to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna at the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting has appalled the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO). ECO Spokesperson, Barry Weeber said this vote raises important... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/20/15/Will-New-Zealand-vote-to-protect-endangered-marine-species.html Government proposes a Ministry of Economic Development take over conservation land http://www.eco.org.nz/news/21/15/Government-proposes-a-Ministry-of-Economic-Development-take-over-conservation-land.html The Government should stop looking at opening up more conservation land to mining and removing regulations designed to protect the environment, the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) said today. ECO co-chair Cath Wallace, says the proposals put forward by the... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/21/15/Government-proposes-a-Ministry-of-Economic-Development-take-over-conservation-land.html Greenpeace slams endangered catch quotas http://www.eco.org.nz/news/22/15/Greenpeace-slams-endangered-catch-quotas.html Greenpeace slams Government proposal to increase catch of critically endangered species Greenpeace is calling for the closure of the southern bluefin tuna fishery and the immediate withdrawal of a “scandalous plan” to increase New Zealand’s quota for the critically endangered... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/22/15/Greenpeace-slams-endangered-catch-quotas.html Mining conservation land no economic solution http://www.eco.org.nz/news/23/15/Mining-conservation-land-no-economic-solution.html The Government should stop looking at opening up more conservation land to mining and removing regulations designed to protect the environment, the Environment and Conservation Organisations said today. ECO was responding to the Prime Minister’s speech to Parliament on opening... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/23/15/Mining-conservation-land-no-economic-solution.html ECO Annual Conference - Christchurch, 2-4 July 2010 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/24/15/ECO-Annual-Conference---Christchurch-2-4-July-2010.html ECO's Annual Conference for 2010 will be held on Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July, at Living Springs Conference Centre in Lyttelton, Christchurch. The 2010 AGM of ECO will take place during the conference. Further details, programme and registration coming... Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/24/15/ECO-Annual-Conference---Christchurch-2-4-July-2010.html ECO Street Appeal - Thursday 25 March - Volunteers needed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/25/15/ECO-Street-Appeal---Thursday-25-March---Volunteers-needed.html ECO's annual street appeal is coming up in Wellington on Thursday 25 March 2010, from 8am to 6pm. We encourage all Wellington members and friends to consider volunteering to help us collect on the day. We need as many people... Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/25/15/ECO-Street-Appeal---Thursday-25-March---Volunteers-needed.html Signing South Pacific Fisheries Agreement Welcomed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/26/15/Signing-South-Pacific-Fisheries-Agreement-Welcomed.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) today welcomed New Zealand signing the South Pacific regional fisheries management agreement. ECO Co-chairperson, Cath Wallace, said the agreement was essential for the management of pelagic and bottom fisheries in the South Pacific, including... Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/26/15/Signing-South-Pacific-Fisheries-Agreement-Welcomed.html What we want for Christmas - Strawberry growers to go organic http://www.eco.org.nz/news/27/15/What-we-want-for-Christmas---Strawberry-growers-to-go-organic.html Analysis of New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) pesticide residue results out yesterday show strawberries laced with multiple residues and dodgy chicken take-aways in Auckland. (1) Samples of strawberries bought in late July and August in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/27/15/What-we-want-for-Christmas---Strawberry-growers-to-go-organic.html Organic sector firmly opposed to genetically engineered animals http://www.eco.org.nz/news/28/15/Organic-sector-firmly-opposed-to-genetically-engineered-animals.html Organic sector members opposed to AgResearch’s continuing efforts to experiment on genetically engineered (GE) animals have taken a look at the facility that threatens to further tarnish New Zealand’s clean green 100% Pure branding. (1) With the knowledge that the... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 08:03:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/28/15/Organic-sector-firmly-opposed-to-genetically-engineered-animals.html Reserves and other Lands Disposal Bill - Opua Esplanade Reserve http://www.eco.org.nz/news/29/15/Reserves-and-other-Lands-Disposal-Bill---Opua-Esplanade-Reserve.html Bay of Islands Coastal Watchdog INC (BOICW) is concerned about public understanding of the complex issues following television, radio, print and online media reporting in relation to the above matter. Nothing about this 14 year old, controversial saga is as... Fri, 04 Dec 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/29/15/Reserves-and-other-Lands-Disposal-Bill---Opua-Esplanade-Reserve.html South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management negotiations conclude; countries called on to protect the South Pacific fisheries and marine environment http://www.eco.org.nz/news/30/15/South-Pacific-Regional-Fisheries-Management-negotiations-conclude-countries-called-on-to-protect-the-South-Pacific-fisheries-and-marine-environment.html Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, ECO, Greenpeace Non-governmental organisations attending the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) ; negotiations in Auckland welcomed the signing of the agreement today, but called on all countries to accelerate efforts to take real steps... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/30/15/South-Pacific-Regional-Fisheries-Management-negotiations-conclude-countries-called-on-to-protect-the-South-Pacific-fisheries-and-marine-environment.html Rules to manage the ghosts of South Pacific fish? http://www.eco.org.nz/news/32/15/Rules-to-manage-the-ghosts-of-South-Pacific-fish.html Delegates from more than 25 countries in Auckland negotiating the final stages of a treaty to manage fishing in the high seas of the South Pacific, may fail their first credibility test before the week is out, says the Environment... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/32/15/Rules-to-manage-the-ghosts-of-South-Pacific-fish.html ECO Annual Appeal 2009 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/33/15/ECO-Annual-Appeal-2009.html Threats to the environment are growing, yet it can be difficult to know what to do to help. There are so many issues, from climate change to over-fishing to unsustainable farming, and so many organisations deserving of support. Donating to... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/33/15/ECO-Annual-Appeal-2009.html Conservation and recreation groups unite to protect wild rivers http://www.eco.org.nz/news/34/15/Conservation-and-recreation-groups-unite-to-protect-wild-rivers.html Eight leading conservation and outdoor recreation groups have combined to fight for New Zealand’s wild rivers. The campaign comes in the wake of plans for a large hydro dam on the West Coast’s pristine Mokihinui River, irrigation water storage dams... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/34/15/Conservation-and-recreation-groups-unite-to-protect-wild-rivers.html Food Safety Minister needs to question GE food safety and labelling http://www.eco.org.nz/news/35/15/Food-Safety-Minister-needs-to-question-GE-food-safety-and-labelling.html Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson needs to ensure a comprehensive review of the labelling of genetically engineered (GE) food ingredients and GE food safety in New Zealand, now that 40 different GE food applications have been approved for use in... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/35/15/Food-Safety-Minister-needs-to-question-GE-food-safety-and-labelling.html Port Marlborough’s independent fumigation monitoring a sham http://www.eco.org.nz/news/36/15/Port-Marlborough-s-independent-fumigation-monitoring-a-sham.html Port Marlborough’s sole owner, the Marlborough District Council, should take a leaf out of Taupo District Council’s book and ban aerial 1080 drops, but also immediately ban the release to air of tonnes of methyl bromide gas, according to the... Mon, 05 Oct 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/36/15/Port-Marlborough-s-independent-fumigation-monitoring-a-sham.html Marlborough needs to clean up its air http://www.eco.org.nz/news/37/15/Marlborough-needs-to-clean-up-its-air.html The Marlborough District Council and its subsidiary company Port Marlborough need to commit to a ban on the release to air of methyl bromide log fumigants, at least until the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has completed its reassessment of... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/37/15/Marlborough-needs-to-clean-up-its-air.html Emissions Trading System changes major reversal http://www.eco.org.nz/news/38/15/Emissions-Trading-System-changes-major-reversal.html The National and Maori Parties’ agreed changes to the New Zealand Emissions Trading System are a major disappointment and will more than halve the effectiveness of the control of climate and ocean damaging pollution, the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO)... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/38/15/Emissions-Trading-System-changes-major-reversal.html Climate legislation needs strengthening not weakening http://www.eco.org.nz/news/39/15/Climate-legislation-needs-strengthening-not-weakening.html The Emissions Trading Scheme should be strengthened with no cap on carbonprices to ensure all those that emit greenhouse gases have an equal incentive toreduce their emissions and to ensure that economic growth is efficient andresponding to accurate price signals,... Tue, 01 Sep 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/39/15/Climate-legislation-needs-strengthening-not-weakening.html End Privileged Status for Miners on conservation land http://www.eco.org.nz/news/40/15/End-Privileged-Status-for-Miners-on-conservation-land.html It is time the Government ended the special status for mineral activity on conservation land, the Environment and Conservation Organisations said today. ECO spokesperson, Barry Weeber, said miners had a privileged status over other activity on conservation land and that... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/40/15/End-Privileged-Status-for-Miners-on-conservation-land.html Fonterra’s role in rainforest destruction exposed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/41/15/Fonterra-s-role-in-rainforest-destruction-exposed.html Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, must take responsibility for the part it plays in rainforest destruction and the massive greenhouse gas emissions that result from this destruction in Indonesia and Malaysia, to feed NZ dairy cows, Greenpeace stated today.... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 09:01:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/41/15/Fonterra-s-role-in-rainforest-destruction-exposed.html UN head of climate slams NZ emission reduction target http://www.eco.org.nz/news/42/15/UN-head-of-climate-slams-NZ-emission-reduction-target.html Auckland, New Zealand — New Zealand’s highly conditional emissions reduction target of 10-20 per cent has been strongly criticised by the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) , Dr Rajendra Pachauri. In comments to the Press Newspaper... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/42/15/UN-head-of-climate-slams-NZ-emission-reduction-target.html Pesticide residues in most food samples shows need for organics http://www.eco.org.nz/news/43/15/Pesticide-residues-in-most-food-samples-shows-need-for-organics.html Pesticide residues in the New Zealand diet are being downplayed by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), according to two advocacy groups. The comments of the Soil & Health Association of NZ and of Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa New... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/43/15/Pesticide-residues-in-most-food-samples-shows-need-for-organics.html Surfbreak Protection concerned by Surfing New Zealand's proposal to drop environmental protection http://www.eco.org.nz/news/44/15/Surfbreak-Protection-concerned-by-Surfing-New-Zealand-s-proposal-to-drop-environmental-protection.html Surfbreak Protection Society, the national surfers’ organisation whose objective it is to protect the surfing environment, is saddened at Surfing New Zealand's (SNZ) recent proposal to drop environmental protection from its Constitution as one of its main objectives. SNZ has... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/44/15/Surfbreak-Protection-concerned-by-Surfing-New-Zealand-s-proposal-to-drop-environmental-protection.html Government Greenhouse target relies on misleading presentation of costs: New Zealanders will still be better off http://www.eco.org.nz/news/45/15/Government-Greenhouse-target-relies-on-misleading-presentation-of-costs-New-Zealanders-will-still-be-better-off.html The government is misleading people into thinking that they will be $30 on average worse off than they now with the greenhouse gas target when in fact they will still be much better off said the Environment and Conservation Organisations... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/45/15/Government-Greenhouse-target-relies-on-misleading-presentation-of-costs-New-Zealanders-will-still-be-better-off.html Fishing and environmental groups join forces to fight for fisheries future http://www.eco.org.nz/news/46/15/Fishing-and-environmental-groups-join-forces-to-fight-for-fisheries-future.html Auckland, New Zealand — Environmental and non-commercial fishing groups have put aside their differences and formed an unprecedented alliance to combat the decline of fish stocks and marine ecosystems in New Zealand. The groups include the NZ Recreational Fishing Council,... Fri, 07 Aug 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/46/15/Fishing-and-environmental-groups-join-forces-to-fight-for-fisheries-future.html Activists shut down Queensland coal terminal http://www.eco.org.nz/news/47/15/Activists-shut-down-Queensland-coal-terminal.html Auckland, New Zealand — Activists from across the Pacific, including New Zealand, have shut down the Hay Point Coal Terminal in Queensland, Australia, to pressure leaders John Key and Kevin Rudd to do the right thing on climate change. The... Wed, 05 Aug 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/47/15/Activists-shut-down-Queensland-coal-terminal.html Federated Farmers bees man ambushing beekeepers GE protection http://www.eco.org.nz/news/48/15/Federated-Farmers-bees-man-ambushing-beekeepers-GE-protection.html Federated Farmers GE statements show they are confused about what clean and green means, and appear to be influenced by the vested interests of one of their provincial presidents, according to the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand. Federated... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/48/15/Federated-Farmers-bees-man-ambushing-beekeepers-GE-protection.html Life Sciences confused about GE risk http://www.eco.org.nz/news/49/15/Life-Sciences-confused-about-GE-risk.html The biotech lobby group, Life Sciences appears confused about the birds and the bees, according to the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand. Quoted in today’s Christchurch Press newspaper, Life Sciences chairman William Rolleston had said, “The recent breaches... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/49/15/Life-Sciences-confused-about-GE-risk.html Be part of the Buzz and raise money for ECO http://www.eco.org.nz/news/50/15/Be-part-of-the-Buzz-and-raise-money-for-ECO.html Buzz Channel Ltd. recently donated $140 to ECO with your help. In brief, if you and your family members are prepared to sign up with our fundraising partner, Buzz Channel Ltd (Buzz) to do the occasional survey by email, each... Fri, 03 Jul 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/50/15/Be-part-of-the-Buzz-and-raise-money-for-ECO.html News Module Installed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/1/15/News-Module-Installed.html Tue, 23 Jun 2009 19:44:02 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/1/15/News-Module-Installed.html NZ Pesticide Use – Cancer link shows need for government support of organics http://www.eco.org.nz/news/51/15/NZ-Pesticide-Use-Cancer-link-shows-need-for-government-support-of-organics.html Two recent studies linking agricultural chemical use to increased bone marrow malignancies show the need for greater government investment into organic agriculture according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ. Both studies released this month implicate pesticides used in... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/51/15/NZ-Pesticide-Use-Cancer-link-shows-need-for-government-support-of-organics.html And we all signed on…campaign reaches 50,000 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/52/15/And-we-all-signed-on-campaign-reaches-50-000.html Over 50,000 New Zealanders have joined the Greenpeace Sign On campaign, which aims to generate an unprecedented level of support for John Key to sign on to a 40 per cent by 2020 emission reduction target at the UN climate... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/52/15/And-we-all-signed-on-campaign-reaches-50-000.html Conservation Budget: Cuts threaten species and destroy carbon sinks http://www.eco.org.nz/news/53/15/Conservation-Budget-Cuts-threaten-species-and-destroy-carbon-sinks.html The budget is environmentally perverse and will damage species and the climate says the Environment and Conservation Organisations. “The government is focusing on the fiscal crises and forgetting about the much more profound environmental crisis,” ECO Spokesperson Barry Weeber said.... Thu, 28 May 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/53/15/Conservation-Budget-Cuts-threaten-species-and-destroy-carbon-sinks.html NZ Should Note Tasmania’s Clean Green GE Free Approach http://www.eco.org.nz/news/54/15/NZ-Should-Note-Tasmania-s-Clean-Green-GE-Free-Approach.html New Zealand should follow Tasmania’s acknowledgement of the advantages of its clean green image on Wednesday when it extended its ban on the release of genetically engineered organisms to the environment for another five years, according to the Soil &... Fri, 22 May 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/54/15/NZ-Should-Note-Tasmania-s-Clean-Green-GE-Free-Approach.html Picton Fumigators May Have Failed Both Safety and Indian Requirements http://www.eco.org.nz/news/55/15/Picton-Fumigators-May-Have-Failed-Both-Safety-and-Indian-Requirements.html The Marlborough District Council, Port Marlborough, log exporter Zindia and fumigator Genera, should all be deeply ashamed at the release of tonnes of highly toxic ozone destroying methyl bromide gas from Port Shakespeare last Friday night, according to the Soil... Mon, 04 May 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/55/15/Picton-Fumigators-May-Have-Failed-Both-Safety-and-Indian-Requirements.html Picton Getting Tonnes of Toxic Gas Again http://www.eco.org.nz/news/56/15/Picton-Getting-Tonnes-of-Toxic-Gas-Again.html Two environmental organisations are calling for Port Marlborough and its owner the Marlborough District Council to make an immediate stop to the use of pre-shipment methyl bromide log fumigation at Picton’s Shakespeare Bay. Fumigation of logs under tarpaulins is underway... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/56/15/Picton-Getting-Tonnes-of-Toxic-Gas-Again.html Antarctic Treaty Governments Fail on Climate Change, Make Progress on Marine Protected Areas and Tourism Regulation http://www.eco.org.nz/news/57/15/Antarctic-Treaty-Governments-Fail-on-Climate-Change-Make-Progress-on-Marine-Protected-Areas-and-Tourism-Regulation.html April 17, 2009 - Baltimore, Maryland. The latest climate change findings from scientists were a key topic of discussions at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Antarctic Treaty. Scientific results from the International Polar Year (IPY) about the severe impacts... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/57/15/Antarctic-Treaty-Governments-Fail-on-Climate-Change-Make-Progress-on-Marine-Protected-Areas-and-Tourism-Regulation.html Organic Coffee Giveaway on Earth Day http://www.eco.org.nz/news/58/15/Organic-Coffee-Giveaway-on-Earth-Day.html Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) will be giving away free organic coffee in central Wellington from 7.30am to 9.30am on Earth Day, Wednesday 22 April. Free long black and flat white coffees will be given away in Wellington’s Civic Square,... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/58/15/Organic-Coffee-Giveaway-on-Earth-Day.html ECO Annual Conference - Auckland, 10-12 July 2009 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/59/15/ECO-Annual-Conference---Auckland-10-12-July-2009.html ECO is pleased to announce our Annual Conference for 2009: "Greening our way out of a recession" The conference will be held in Auckland from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July, at Karanga Camp , 79 Te Henga Road, Waitakere... Thu, 09 Apr 2009 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/59/15/ECO-Annual-Conference---Auckland-10-12-July-2009.html RMA Amendments and Submission Guide http://www.eco.org.nz/news/60/15/RMA-Amendments-and-Submission-Guide.html “Simplifying and Streamlining” Resource Management Amendment Bill, is bad news for the community and environment, despite the spin in its title. The Bill should be called the Resource Management (anti community and developer assistance) Bill, since its primary effects are... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/60/15/RMA-Amendments-and-Submission-Guide.html ECO Street Appeal - Thursday 26 March - Volunteers needed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/61/15/ECO-Street-Appeal---Thursday-26-March---Volunteers-needed.html ECO's annual street appeal is coming up in Wellington on Thursday 26 March 2009, from 8am to 6pm. We encourage all Wellington members to consider volunteering to help us collect on the day. We need as many people as possible... Fri, 06 Mar 2009 13:43:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/61/15/ECO-Street-Appeal---Thursday-26-March---Volunteers-needed.html Don’t trade the environment for short term jobs http://www.eco.org.nz/news/62/15/Don-t-trade-the-environment-for-short-term-jobs.html The Government should reject proposals from the Job Summit to trade environmental quality for elusory short term gains the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) said today. ECO Spokesperson, Barry Weeber, said the proposals to put a moratorium on improvements of... Mon, 02 Mar 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/62/15/Don-t-trade-the-environment-for-short-term-jobs.html Parliament must to listen to community concerns over RMA changes http://www.eco.org.nz/news/63/15/Parliament-must-to-listen-to-community-concerns-over-RMA-changes.html Parliament must listen to everyone about radical changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA), a coalition of environmental NGOs is urging. “Parliament should slow down the process of considering the Government’s proposed changes to the RMA because they’ve been rushed... Tue, 03 Feb 2009 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/63/15/Parliament-must-to-listen-to-community-concerns-over-RMA-changes.html Celebrate Climate Action at Waitangi Park on Saturday 6th December http://www.eco.org.nz/news/64/15/Celebrate-Climate-Action-at-Waitangi-Park-on-Saturday-6th-December.html 350 parts per million (ppm) is the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for the planet. The current global concentration is 387ppm and increasing at 2ppm each year. Let's turn it around! Waitangi Park in Wellington will be... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/64/15/Celebrate-Climate-Action-at-Waitangi-Park-on-Saturday-6th-December.html Join Contact Send this page >> ECO Obama: A new chapter on climate change http://www.eco.org.nz/news/65/15/Join-Contact-Send-this-page-ECO-Obama-A-new-chapter-on-climate-change.html U.S. President-elect Barack Obama recorded a message for the Global Climate Summit, promising "a new chapter of American leadership on climate change." Watch the speech OBAMA: Let me begin by thanking the bipartisan group of U.S. governors who convened this... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/65/15/Join-Contact-Send-this-page-ECO-Obama-A-new-chapter-on-climate-change.html National-Act Agreement - a step backwards in environment policy http://www.eco.org.nz/news/66/15/National-Act-Agreement---a-step-backwards-in-environment-policy.html National-Act Agreement is likely to threaten the local and global environment and communities. says Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO). Local Government has embarked on consultative processes under both the Resource Management Act and the Local Government Act allowing communities to... Sun, 16 Nov 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/66/15/National-Act-Agreement---a-step-backwards-in-environment-policy.html Friends of the Earth NZ warning on National Party environment policies http://www.eco.org.nz/news/67/15/Friends-of-the-Earth-NZ-warning-on-National-Party-environment-policies.html One of New Zealand's longest standing environmental watchdog groups has issued a warning that the environmental policies of the National Party constitute an unprecedented threat to both enviromnental protection and the future role of watchdog groups in New Zealand. Friends... Thu, 06 Nov 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/67/15/Friends-of-the-Earth-NZ-warning-on-National-Party-environment-policies.html Labour and National fail environmental test http://www.eco.org.nz/news/68/15/Labour-and-National-fail-environmental-test.html Environmentalists from two major New Zealand environmental groups surveyed political party policies regarding New Zealand’s environment, but the two biggest parties in Parliament failed the test. “A Labour-led government may do more for the environment than a National-led one, but,... Mon, 03 Nov 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/68/15/Labour-and-National-fail-environmental-test.html Would John stop this udder madness? http://www.eco.org.nz/news/69/15/Would-John-stop-this-udder-madness.html A dwindling pine forest, some dairy cows, several stumps and a truckload of Ready Lawn now adorn the land at Mr Key’s Helensville electorate office. A large billboard reads: “Would John stop this climate crime?” Greenpeace - who installed the... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/69/15/Would-John-stop-this-udder-madness.html Greenpeace halts forest conversion to dairy - calls for moratorium http://www.eco.org.nz/news/70/15/Greenpeace-halts-forest-conversion-to-dairy---calls-for-moratorium.html It's calling for a halt to forest conversion for intensive dairy in light of the worsening global climate crisis. The land being converted is part of the Kinleith Forest and owned by Carter Holt Harvey. 25,000 hectares are being cleared... Tue, 28 Oct 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/70/15/Greenpeace-halts-forest-conversion-to-dairy---calls-for-moratorium.html Clean Streams sham shows need for dairy shift http://www.eco.org.nz/news/71/15/Clean-Streams-sham-shows-need-for-dairy-shift.html The Accord’s failure has been outlined in a Forest and Bird/ Fish and Game report out today. “The intensification of New Zealand’s dairy sector is an environmental calamity and also our biggest contributor to global climate change,” said Greenpeace Senior... Thu, 02 Oct 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/71/15/Clean-Streams-sham-shows-need-for-dairy-shift.html Government fails to deliver on oceans management bill http://www.eco.org.nz/news/72/15/Government-fails-to-deliver-on-oceans-management-bill.html The Government has failed, despite promises since 1999 to introduce legislation to control the environmental effects of activity in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Now Parliament has risen for the election, there is no chance of the promises being honoured,... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/72/15/Government-fails-to-deliver-on-oceans-management-bill.html More details needed in National’s Environment Policy http://www.eco.org.nz/news/73/15/More-details-needed-in-National-s-Environment-Policy.html The National Party needs to give more details on what it proposes to do on climate change, the emission trading regime, the Resource Management Act and the Department of Conservation, the Environment and Conservation Organisations said today. ECO spokesperson, Cath... Mon, 08 Sep 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/73/15/More-details-needed-in-National-s-Environment-Policy.html Help raise money for ECO by taking part in short online surveys http://www.eco.org.nz/news/74/15/Help-raise-money-for-ECO-by-taking-part-in-short-online-surveys.html We have recently been offered a new fundraising opportunity that will take little time on your part, but that will be a huge help to our fundraising efforts. (Over $45,000 has been paid to 5 other NZ charities over the... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/74/15/Help-raise-money-for-ECO-by-taking-part-in-short-online-surveys.html More needed on Oceans Policy http://www.eco.org.nz/news/75/15/More-needed-on-Oceans-Policy.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations has welcomed the emergence of proposed legislation after a 5 year hiatus on the Oceans Policy. ECO spokesperson, Cath Wallace, said ECO is pleased to see policy for legislation finally emerge, and the environmental principles... Wed, 02 Jul 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/75/15/More-needed-on-Oceans-Policy.html Biofuels Bill report back much improved http://www.eco.org.nz/news/76/15/Biofuels-Bill-report-back-much-improved.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations today welcomed the report back of the much improved Biofuels Bill. ECO spokesperson, Barry Weeber, said the Select Committee had responded positively to a range of submitters’ concerns, including ECO, and had added much stronger... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/76/15/Biofuels-Bill-report-back-much-improved.html Expulsion of Shell from Ogoni, Nigeria Hailed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/77/15/Expulsion-of-Shell-from-Ogoni-Nigeria-Hailed.html The expulsion of Shell Oil from Ogoni country in the Niger Delta by the Nigerian Government was hailed in Wellington today by the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ as a wake up call to the big oil companies to... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/77/15/Expulsion-of-Shell-from-Ogoni-Nigeria-Hailed.html Dolphin decision broadly welcomed - but risks remain http://www.eco.org.nz/news/78/15/Dolphin-decision-broadly-welcomed---but-risks-remain.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations today broadly welcomed the decisions of the Minister of Fisheries, Jim Anderton, and the Minister of Conservation, Steve Chadwick, to reduce the threats on Hector’s and Maui dolphins. ECO spokesperson, Barry Weeber, said the moves... Thu, 29 May 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/78/15/Dolphin-decision-broadly-welcomed---but-risks-remain.html Budget leaves conservation in the cold http://www.eco.org.nz/news/79/15/Budget-leaves-conservation-in-the-cold.html The Budget 2008 has largely left New Zealand’s environment and conservation estate and threatened species out in the cold says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO). Two reviews have sounded the alarm bells about the precarious state of... Fri, 23 May 2008 08:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/79/15/Budget-leaves-conservation-in-the-cold.html Climate legislation needs strengthening http://www.eco.org.nz/news/80/15/Climate-legislation-needs-strengthening.html The Environmental Trading Scheme has to be strengthened to ensure all those that emit greenhouse gases have an equal incentive to reduce their emissions, the Environment and Conservation Organisations told the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee today. “It is essential... Wed, 14 May 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/80/15/Climate-legislation-needs-strengthening.html Households and taxpayers to subsidise big polluters more and longer http://www.eco.org.nz/news/81/15/Households-and-taxpayers-to-subsidise-big-polluters-more-and-longer.html Households and taxpayers will have to subsidise SUV drivers, dairy farmers, and industry polluters for much longer with the changes to the emissions trading system announced today by the Prime Minister says Cath Wallace from ECO. The Prime Minister’s announcement... Tue, 06 May 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/81/15/Households-and-taxpayers-to-subsidise-big-polluters-more-and-longer.html Oceans management seminar - Wellington, 15 May http://www.eco.org.nz/news/82/15/Oceans-management-seminar---Wellington-15-May.html Whatever happened to Oceans policy? Regulation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) What has become of the Oceans Policy? It has shrunk to an EEZ regulation policy. Why do we need environmental regulation? Your chance to hear about and discuss... Mon, 05 May 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/82/15/Oceans-management-seminar---Wellington-15-May.html High Seas Bottom Trawl Controls Welcomed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/83/15/High-Seas-Bottom-Trawl-Controls-Welcomed.html ECO welcomed the Government's putting measures in place to implement the Interim Measures agreed for bottom fishing on the High Seas in the South Pacific. ECO spokesperson, Barry Weeber, said while the measures only partially implement the interim arrangements they... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/83/15/High-Seas-Bottom-Trawl-Controls-Welcomed.html Conservation Job Losses for Trade Deals, Marine Unit Pulped http://www.eco.org.nz/news/84/15/Conservation-Job-Losses-for-Trade-Deals-Marine-Unit-Pulped.html The substantial job losses pending at the Department of Conservation come just days after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gained huge amounts of extra funding, particularly in the area of Trade negotiations and foreign posts, says the Environment and Conservation... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/84/15/Conservation-Job-Losses-for-Trade-Deals-Marine-Unit-Pulped.html Orange roughy court decision show changes are needed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/85/15/Orange-roughy-court-decision-show-changes-are-needed.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations today expressed its disappointment that the High Court had overturned a decision of the Minister of Fisheries, Jim Anderton, to reduce the quota for the northern orange roughy fishery. ECO spokesperson, Barry Weeber, said ECO... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/85/15/Orange-roughy-court-decision-show-changes-are-needed.html Government drops the ball on marine protection http://www.eco.org.nz/news/86/15/Government-drops-the-ball-on-marine-protection.html The Government has again dropped the ball when it comes to real marine protection, says ECO, the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ. in response to today’s release of the Marine Protected Areas policy Classification, Protection Standard and Implementation Guidelines.\... Thu, 14 Feb 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/86/15/Government-drops-the-ball-on-marine-protection.html Join Contact Send this page >> ECO Environment report highlights species at risk and action needed from farming, fishing and transport to protect environment http://www.eco.org.nz/news/87/15/Join-Contact-Send-this-page-ECO-Environment-report-highlights-species-at-risk-and-action-needed-from-farming-fishing-and-transport-to-protect-environment.html Embargoed to Noon Thursday 31 January 2008 For further information Contact Barry Weeber 021-738-807 or Cath Wallace 021-891-994 The Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO) today called for more action to protect the New Zealand environment. ECO was responding... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/87/15/Join-Contact-Send-this-page-ECO-Environment-report-highlights-species-at-risk-and-action-needed-from-farming-fishing-and-transport-to-protect-environment.html The Whangamata Marina - “Call it in Minister” http://www.eco.org.nz/news/88/15/The-Whangamata-Marina---Call-it-in-Minister.html The Surfbreak Protection Society is calling for the Minister of Conservation to call in the consents for the Whangamata Marina. Surfbreak Protection Society president Paul Shanks says: “In light of recent comments from Whangamata Marina Society saying they were "a... Thu, 15 Nov 2007 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/88/15/The-Whangamata-Marina---Call-it-in-Minister.html Major progress on Antarctic fisheries conservation welcomed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/89/15/Major-progress-on-Antarctic-fisheries-conservation-welcomed.html Hobart and Wellington – 7 November 2007 The Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) welcomed the major step forward in protecting the Antarctic marine environment agreed last week at the Antarctic Marine Living Resources Meeting (CCAMLR) which concluded on Friday. ECO... Mon, 05 Nov 2007 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/89/15/Major-progress-on-Antarctic-fisheries-conservation-welcomed.html Coromandel Watchdog Wins Prohibition on Mining on Coromandel Peninsula http://www.eco.org.nz/news/90/15/Coromandel-Watchdog-Wins-Prohibition-on-Mining-on-Coromandel-Peninsula.html Coromandel Watchdog has won a milestone legal battle to protect conservation and coastal land in the Thames Coromandel District from mining. In a decision released today the Court of Appeal has upheld Watchdog’s appeal from earlier decisions of the Environment... Wed, 31 Oct 2007 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/90/15/Coromandel-Watchdog-Wins-Prohibition-on-Mining-on-Coromandel-Peninsula.html Green groups and foresters call for effective and fair climate policies http://www.eco.org.nz/news/91/15/Green-groups-and-foresters-call-for-effective-and-fair-climate-policies.html The Environment & Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO), Federated Mountain Clubs, Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society, Sustainable Energy Forum, WWF-New Zealand, NZ Farm Forestry Association, NZ Forest Owners Association, New Zealand Timber Design Society, Pacific Institute of Resource Management,... Tue, 30 Oct 2007 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/91/15/Green-groups-and-foresters-call-for-effective-and-fair-climate-policies.html ECO Welcomes Energy Strategy Commitment to Renewables and Energy Efficiency http://www.eco.org.nz/news/92/15/ECO-Welcomes-Energy-Strategy-Commitment-to-Renewables-and-Energy-Efficiency.html The National Energy Strategy and the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NEECS) are a major step forward in the road towards a sustainable energy measures for New Zealand, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand, ECO. “The... Thu, 11 Oct 2007 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/92/15/ECO-Welcomes-Energy-Strategy-Commitment-to-Renewables-and-Energy-Efficiency.html Orange roughy and other fish catch limits cuts welcomed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/93/15/Orange-roughy-and-other-fish-catch-limits-cuts-welcomed.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) today welcomed the decision by the Minister of Fisheries, Hon Jim Anderton, to close another orange roughy fishery and cut the catch limits for a range of seriously over-fished fish stocks. ECO co-chairperson and... Tue, 25 Sep 2007 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/93/15/Orange-roughy-and-other-fish-catch-limits-cuts-welcomed.html ECO Welcomes Greenhouse Gas Control Measures, disappointed by delays, allocation http://www.eco.org.nz/news/94/15/ECO-Welcomes-Greenhouse-Gas-Control-Measures-disappointed-by-delays-allocation.html The greenhouse gas control measures including the proposed emissions trading scheme announced by ministers today are very welcome, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand, ECO. An emissions trading scheme will set a price on greenhouse gases and... Thu, 20 Sep 2007 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/94/15/ECO-Welcomes-Greenhouse-Gas-Control-Measures-disappointed-by-delays-allocation.html Green groups and foresters join forces on climate change http://www.eco.org.nz/news/95/15/Green-groups-and-foresters-join-forces-on-climate-change.html JOINT MEDIA RELEASE The Environment & Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO), Federated Mountain Clubs, Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society, Sustainable Energy Forum, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), NZ Farm Forestry Association, NZ Forest Owners Association, Wood Processors Association... Wed, 19 Sep 2007 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/95/15/Green-groups-and-foresters-join-forces-on-climate-change.html Draft Hector's and Maui's Dolphin Threat Management Plan http://www.eco.org.nz/news/96/15/Draft-Hector-s-and-Maui-s-Dolphin-Threat-Management-Plan.html The Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Fisheries has released a threat management plan (TMP) for the Hector’s and its north island sub-species Maui’s dolphin. Hector’s dolphins are endemic to New Zealand. The species is divided into two subspecies... Mon, 10 Sep 2007 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/96/15/Draft-Hector-s-and-Maui-s-Dolphin-Threat-Management-Plan.html Parliamentary Reviews http://www.eco.org.nz/news/97/15/Parliamentary-Reviews.html Parliamentary Reviews There is a range of Bills which have environmental implications or affect environment groups currently in front of Parliament. Electoral Finance Bill Public submissions are now being invited on the Electoral Finance Bill. The purpose of this bill... Fri, 07 Sep 2007 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/97/15/Parliamentary-Reviews.html Tackling climate change, protecting the oceans and freshwater priorities for environmentalists http://www.eco.org.nz/news/98/15/Tackling-climate-change-protecting-the-oceans-and-freshwater-priorities-for-environmentalists.html Environmentalists and groups including farmers on the weekend agreed on the need for urgent action to protect rivers and water ecosystems and for action on climate change. The national environmental summit in Motueka this weekend heard from farmers and others... Mon, 02 Jul 2007 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/98/15/Tackling-climate-change-protecting-the-oceans-and-freshwater-priorities-for-environmentalists.html Spying and Infiltration: Changes Called for at Solid Energy http://www.eco.org.nz/news/99/15/Spying-and-Infiltration-Changes-Called-for-at-Solid-Energy.html The revelation that agents of Solid Energy, the coal mining State Owned Enterprise, employed people to infiltrate and to spy on an environmental organization is alarming, says ECO co-chair Cath Wallace. The story in today’s Sunday Star-Times suggests a new... Sun, 27 May 2007 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/99/15/Spying-and-Infiltration-Changes-Called-for-at-Solid-Energy.html Government – Industry Fisheries Accord is a Sham http://www.eco.org.nz/news/100/15/Government-Industry-Fisheries-Accord-is-a-Sham.html The fishing industry Accord with the Minister of Fisheries, Jim Anderton, is a fake and a sham which offers “protection” from bottom trawling where virtually no bottom trawling occurs, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand, ECO. The... Thu, 05 Apr 2007 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/100/15/Government-Industry-Fisheries-Accord-is-a-Sham.html ECO Executive Officer Job AD http://www.eco.org.nz/news/101/15/ECO-Executive-Officer-Job-AD.html ECO needs a new Executive Officer as Kate Lower is moving on after five years with us. This is a full time position (30 hours) with a broad range of duties, which support ECO’s executive committee and the 63 member... Tue, 03 Apr 2007 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/101/15/ECO-Executive-Officer-Job-AD.html Energy Strategy: coal’s a goner, renewables workable, can’t wait till 2012 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/102/15/Energy-Strategy-coal-s-a-goner-renewables-workable-can-t-wait-till-2012.html The Energy Strategy released by the government today is a major step forward and shows that coal is not a viable part of the New Zealand energy picture. “On existing prices, New Zealand’s whole expected expansion of 1400MW of electricity... Tue, 12 Dec 2006 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/102/15/Energy-Strategy-coal-s-a-goner-renewables-workable-can-t-wait-till-2012.html UN BOTTOM TRAWLING MORATORIUM AND DEEP-SEA PROTECTION FROZEN BY ICELAND http://www.eco.org.nz/news/103/15/UN-BOTTOM-TRAWLING-MORATORIUM-AND-DEEP-SEA-PROTECTION-FROZEN-BY-ICELAND.html Friday 24 November 2006, United Nations, New York: Negotiations at the UN to adopt a possible moratorium on bottom trawling in international waters have been torpedoed by a small number of influential fishing nations led by Iceland says Greenpeace. In... Fri, 24 Nov 2006 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/103/15/UN-BOTTOM-TRAWLING-MORATORIUM-AND-DEEP-SEA-PROTECTION-FROZEN-BY-ICELAND.html Northern Hemisphere Fisheries Raiders on South Pacific Refuse Restraint http://www.eco.org.nz/news/104/15/Northern-Hemisphere-Fisheries-Raiders-on-South-Pacific-Refuse-Restraint.html The European Commission, Russia and Korea blocked prolonged attempts in Hobart at reaching agreement to limit bottom trawling and pelagic (mid water) trawling in the South Pacific this week. The result is that an international attempt to reach agreed limitations... Fri, 10 Nov 2006 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/104/15/Northern-Hemisphere-Fisheries-Raiders-on-South-Pacific-Refuse-Restraint.html International Pressure on PM to pull NZ Bottom trawl fleet from High Seas http://www.eco.org.nz/news/107/15/International-Pressure-on-PM-to-pull-NZ-Bottom-trawl-fleet-from-High-Seas.html Amsterdam, Monday 30 Oct 2006: An international coalition of more than 60 environmental groups has called on New Zealand to pull its bottom trawl fishing fleet out of the international waters of the South Pacific to protect deep-sea life. In... Mon, 30 Oct 2006 08:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/107/15/International-Pressure-on-PM-to-pull-NZ-Bottom-trawl-fleet-from-High-Seas.html ACTRESS SIGOURNEY WEAVER STANDS WITH CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS AND AMBASSADORS CALLING FOR A MORATORIUM ON HIGH SEAS BOTTOM-TRAWLING http://www.eco.org.nz/news/106/15/ACTRESS-SIGOURNEY-WEAVER-STANDS-WITH-CONSERVATION-ORGANIZATIONS-AND-AMBASSADORS-CALLING-FOR-A-MORATORIUM-ON-HIGH-SEAS-BOTTOM-TRAWLING.html UNITED NATIONS (Tuesday, October 3) – Actress Sigourney Weaver today joined a coalition representing more than 60 conservation organizations from around the world at United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York to call for new action to confront lawless bottom... Wed, 04 Oct 2006 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/106/15/ACTRESS-SIGOURNEY-WEAVER-STANDS-WITH-CONSERVATION-ORGANIZATIONS-AND-AMBASSADORS-CALLING-FOR-A-MORATORIUM-ON-HIGH-SEAS-BOTTOM-TRAWLING.html Orange Roughy Cuts Welcomed but overdue http://www.eco.org.nz/news/108/15/Orange-Roughy-Cuts-Welcomed-but-overdue.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations today welcomed the decision by the Minister of Fisheries, Jim Anderton, to cut orange roughy quotas in the north and on the Chatham Rise but said they were long overdue. ECO spokesperson, Barry Weeber, said... Wed, 20 Sep 2006 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/108/15/Orange-Roughy-Cuts-Welcomed-but-overdue.html Govt proposes soft stance at UN on bottom trawling http://www.eco.org.nz/news/109/15/Govt-proposes-soft-stance-at-UN-on-bottom-trawling.html Tuesday, 12 September 2006. Press Release: Joint Media Statement *Slippery Slope for deep sea life as Govt proposes soft stance at UN on bottom trawling* While it is good to see the New Zealand Government taking up the global... Tue, 12 Sep 2006 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/109/15/Govt-proposes-soft-stance-at-UN-on-bottom-trawling.html Fishing Industry Proposals are of low conservation value http://www.eco.org.nz/news/110/15/Fishing-Industry-Proposals-are-of-low-conservation-value.html “It is time the Minister of Fisheries acknowledged that the proposals are a device by the fishing industry to deflect proper environmental controls on fishing.” A report prepared by NIWA for the Department of Conservation shows that areas the fishing... Wed, 16 Aug 2006 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/110/15/Fishing-Industry-Proposals-are-of-low-conservation-value.html Environmental summit calls for action on climate, marine issues http://www.eco.org.nz/news/111/15/Environmental-summit-calls-for-action-on-climate-marine-issues.html Kaiaua, Firth of Thames, 2 July 2006 --The continued degradation of our marine and coastal environment and the urgency of climate change were top of the agenda at a summit of 67 of New Zealand's environment and conservation groups this... Sun, 02 Jul 2006 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/111/15/Environmental-summit-calls-for-action-on-climate-marine-issues.html ECO Conference Now Open for Registration http://www.eco.org.nz/news/112/15/ECO-Conference-Now-Open-for-Registration.html ECO has announced the theme for the 2006 annual conference: Living Sustainably - Taking Charge of the Future. Practical workshops about community action and discussions of key environmental issues are all on the agenda for the three-day conference. Environment and... Mon, 22 May 2006 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/112/15/ECO-Conference-Now-Open-for-Registration.html Environmentally blind budget http://www.eco.org.nz/news/113/15/Environmentally-blind-budget.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ says that yesterday’s budget is environmentally blind. “The Budget invests heavily in social capital but does virtually nothing to address the loss of natural capital," said ECO Chairperson Cath Wallace. "The Budget gives... Fri, 19 May 2006 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/113/15/Environmentally-blind-budget.html IEAs Support for urgent Emissions prices welcomed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/114/15/IEAs-Support-for-urgent-Emissions-prices-welcomed.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ says the IEA’s call for urgent action on climate change and for measures to send a price of carbon through the economy is welcome. “It is a chance for the government to re-think,... Thu, 11 May 2006 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/114/15/IEAs-Support-for-urgent-Emissions-prices-welcomed.html Minister's Halt to Whangamata Coastal Destruction Welcomed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/115/15/Minister-s-Halt-to-Whangamata-Coastal-Destruction-Welcomed.html "The Conservation Minister Chris Carter has done the right thing in declining an application under the Resource Management Act for permits to construct a marina in Whangamata harbour", says Cath Wallace of the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ. "The... Tue, 07 Mar 2006 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/115/15/Minister-s-Halt-to-Whangamata-Coastal-Destruction-Welcomed.html Solid Energy’s hot air misses the Global Warming point http://www.eco.org.nz/news/116/15/Solid-Energy-s-hot-air-misses-the-Global-Warming-point.html Solid Energy's environmental report in which it says it has delivered on its environmental goals misses perhaps the largest environmental effect of all: climate destabilising global warming - says the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) co-chair, Cath Wallace. ECO challenged... Thu, 09 Feb 2006 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/116/15/Solid-Energy-s-hot-air-misses-the-Global-Warming-point.html Carbon Charge Abandonment the First Broken Promise – cowardly and irresponsible http://www.eco.org.nz/news/117/15/Carbon-Charge-Abandonment-the-First-Broken-Promise-cowardly-and-irresponsible.html Abandonment of the carbon charge to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions is the first major broken promise for this government and is cowardly and deeply irresponsible, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand. “This is the worst... Wed, 21 Dec 2005 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/117/15/Carbon-Charge-Abandonment-the-First-Broken-Promise-cowardly-and-irresponsible.html MFish officials block attempt to ban shark finning http://www.eco.org.nz/news/118/15/MFish-officials-block-attempt-to-ban-shark-finning.html “The Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) today condemned New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries officials for blocking a US attempt to ban shark finning in the Pacific.[1] “In a meeting in Pohnpei, Micronesia, New Zealand fisheries officials failed to support an... Sat, 17 Dec 2005 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/118/15/MFish-officials-block-attempt-to-ban-shark-finning.html Rod Donald’s death a loss to Democracy and the Environment http://www.eco.org.nz/news/119/15/Rod-Donald-s-death-a-loss-to-Democracy-and-the-Environment.html Green MP Rod Donald will be sorely missed by those with a commitment to a more democratic New Zealand, to the environment and social justice. ECO joins his family, friends and close associates in mourning his tragic death, says Cath... Sun, 06 Nov 2005 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/119/15/Rod-Donald-s-death-a-loss-to-Democracy-and-the-Environment.html Labour's fisheries policy gets mostly thumbs up from Greenpeace http://www.eco.org.nz/news/121/15/Labour-s-fisheries-policy-gets-mostly-thumbs-up-from-Greenpeace.html Auckland: Today Greenpeace congratulated the Minister of Fisheries for taking the issue of bottom trawling and New Zealand's role in governance of international waters seriously, following the release of Labour's Fisheries Policy. "Labour's Fisheries Policy has the potential to be... Mon, 29 Aug 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/121/15/Labour-s-fisheries-policy-gets-mostly-thumbs-up-from-Greenpeace.html Conservation and environment organizations launch voters’ guide http://www.eco.org.nz/news/122/15/Conservation-and-environment-organizations-launch-voters-guide.html Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO), Forest and Bird and Greenpeace will be launching a voters’ guide to where political parties stand on conservation and environment issues at 10.00am on Monday 29 August at Turnbull House, Wellington as... Sat, 27 Aug 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/122/15/Conservation-and-environment-organizations-launch-voters-guide.html National all wrong again on climate tax cut http://www.eco.org.nz/news/123/15/National-all-wrong-again-on-climate-tax-cut.html Greenpeace today condemned National’s plan to axe the carbon tax as part of their tax package announced yesterday. “National is cynically trying to buy votes by promising to axe the carbon tax if they’re elected. But they have completely ignored... Tue, 23 Aug 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/123/15/National-all-wrong-again-on-climate-tax-cut.html Strategy for Managing the Environmental Effects of Fishing Welcomed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/124/15/Strategy-for-Managing-the-Environmental-Effects-of-Fishing-Welcomed.html Damaging effects of fishing should come into focus at last, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand, ECO, as it welcomed the release today by the Minister of Fisheries, Hon David Benson-Pope of the long-awaited Strategy for Managing... Tue, 23 Aug 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/124/15/Strategy-for-Managing-the-Environmental-Effects-of-Fishing-Welcomed.html Labour challenged to make environment 7th pledge http://www.eco.org.nz/news/125/15/Labour-challenged-to-make-environment-7th-pledge.html Three national environmental organisations have challenged the Labour Party to make their seventh pledge an environmental one. Representatives of Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO), Forest and Bird and Greenpeace said this would be a positive sign that... Sat, 20 Aug 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/125/15/Labour-challenged-to-make-environment-7th-pledge.html National: leading us backwards on energy http://www.eco.org.nz/news/126/15/National-leading-us-backwards-on-energy.html Greenpeace today condemned National's new energy policy as backward and dangerous as it ignores renewable energy and the reality of climate change. "National has plumbed new depths in its energy policy. In spectacular fashion they have managed to ignore any... Fri, 19 Aug 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/126/15/National-leading-us-backwards-on-energy.html Conservationist Kevin Smith dies http://www.eco.org.nz/news/127/15/Conservationist-Kevin-Smith-dies.html ECO is extremely sorry to hear of our environment colleague Kevin Smith's death. He was a redoubtable, tenacious and well informed conservationist who has done a huge amount for New Zealand. We have always appreciated his knowledge of the places,... Wed, 17 Aug 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/127/15/Conservationist-Kevin-Smith-dies.html Voting for Your Future http://www.eco.org.nz/news/120/15/Voting-for-Your-Future.html Three national conservation and environmental organisations are urging voters to consider the country’s long term future at this election. Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO), the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society (Forest and Bird) and Greenpeace New... Tue, 09 Aug 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/120/15/Voting-for-Your-Future.html Parliament's last Act Sabotages RMA http://www.eco.org.nz/news/128/15/Parliament-s-last-Act-Sabotages-RMA.html Changes to the Resource Management Act passed in Parliament last night put the interests of industry and state owned enterprises above the environmental concerns of mainstream New Zealanders. "There is little in the Resource Management Act (RMA) changes passed in... Thu, 04 Aug 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/128/15/Parliament-s-last-Act-Sabotages-RMA.html National's fisheries policy will lead to further fishing job losses http://www.eco.org.nz/news/129/15/National-s-fisheries-policy-will-lead-to-further-fishing-job-losses.html The National Party's fisheries policy is likely to lead to greater destruction of the marine environment, more fisheries collapses and therefore further fishing industry job losses, according to Forest and Bird. "The policy aims at removing an ecosystem approach to... Mon, 20 Jun 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/129/15/National-s-fisheries-policy-will-lead-to-further-fishing-job-losses.html National Party commits to retaining DOC http://www.eco.org.nz/news/130/15/National-Party-commits-to-retaining-DOC.html National Party environment spokesperson Nick Smith today made an 'absolute commitment' that a National-led government would not split up the Department of Conservation at the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society Annual General Meeting in Wellington. "Forest and Bird is... Sun, 12 Jun 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/130/15/National-Party-commits-to-retaining-DOC.html "Red Herrings" report debunks fishing industry claims. http://www.eco.org.nz/news/131/15/Red-Herrings-report-debunks-fishing-industry-claims.html Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (New Zealand arm) Today the New Zealand arm of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (1) released a report and photographs that debunk the fishing industry's claims that the high seas bottom trawling industry is sustainable. The... Fri, 10 Jun 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/131/15/Red-Herrings-report-debunks-fishing-industry-claims.html Deep Sea Coalition speech To UN conference on Law of the Sea http://www.eco.org.nz/news/132/15/Deep-Sea-Coalition-speech-To-UN-conference-on-Law-of-the-Sea.html Karen Sack. Greenpeace International, Deep Sea Coalition, UNICPOLOS Panel Presentation: World Oceans Day 2005: ´Putting Humanity before Technology¡ Every year for the last three, environmental NGO representatives have stood before you and pleaded for real and immediate protection of ocean... Thu, 09 Jun 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/132/15/Deep-Sea-Coalition-speech-To-UN-conference-on-Law-of-the-Sea.html Carbon charge: Greater effort needed on climate change http://www.eco.org.nz/news/133/15/Carbon-charge-Greater-effort-needed-on-climate-change.html ECO today welcomed the Government's announcement that it will introduce a carbon charge as a step in the right direction to deal with climate change. “ECO is pleased the Government will introduce a small carbon charge in 2007,” said ECO... Thu, 05 May 2005 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/133/15/Carbon-charge-Greater-effort-needed-on-climate-change.html Kyoto Protocol Welcomed http://www.eco.org.nz/news/134/15/Kyoto-Protocol-Welcomed.html Kyoto Protocol Welcomed: NZ Urged to Turn Away from Coal, Extend Commitments The entry today into force of the Kyoto Protocol was today welcomed by ECO, the national organisation that represents over 70 organisations with a concern for the environment.... Wed, 16 Feb 2005 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/134/15/Kyoto-Protocol-Welcomed.html Labour Sacrifices Environment http://www.eco.org.nz/news/135/15/Labour-Sacrifices-Environment.html The national environment coalition, ECO, today condemned most of the government’s changes to the Resource Management Act, which were expected to be debated in Parliament today, but said there are three positive changes. “The environment, families and communities affected will... Thu, 16 Dec 2004 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/135/15/Labour-Sacrifices-Environment.html DEEP SEA GLOBAL COALITION CALLS FOR UN ACTION ON BOTTOM TRAWLING http://www.eco.org.nz/news/136/15/DEEP-SEA-GLOBAL-COALITION-CALLS-FOR-UN-ACTION-ON-BOTTOM-TRAWLING.html The New Zealand contingent of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) comprising ECO, WWF-New Zealand, Forest and Bird and Greenpeace placed an advertisement in Wellington newspapers today. see at: http://www.greenpeace.org.nz/pdf/DomPostBTad.pdf calling for the Labour government to lead a UN moratorium... Wed, 06 Oct 2004 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/136/15/DEEP-SEA-GLOBAL-COALITION-CALLS-FOR-UN-ACTION-ON-BOTTOM-TRAWLING.html Council failures under-mining the Coromandel http://www.eco.org.nz/news/137/15/Council-failures-under-mining-the-Coromandel.html New information has revealed shocking favouritism and failure to consult by the Thames Coromandel District Council (TCDC) prior to the decision to change their Proposed District Plan to allow mining on the Coromandel, says Cath Wallace of the Environment and... Sun, 03 Oct 2004 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/137/15/Council-failures-under-mining-the-Coromandel.html ECO Annual Conference - Auckland, 10-12 July 2009 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/138/15/ECO-Annual-Conference---Auckland-10-12-July-2009.html ECO is pleased to announce our Annual Conference for 2009:  "Greening our way out of a recession" The conference will be held in Auckland from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July, at  Karanga Camp , 79 Te Henga Road, Waitakere... Mon, 20 Sep 2004 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/138/15/ECO-Annual-Conference---Auckland-10-12-July-2009.html Resource Management Act review - ECO press release http://www.eco.org.nz/news/139/15/Resource-Management-Act-review---ECO-press-release.html Media Release - Wednesday 15 September 2004 - Wellington Resource Management Act Environment loses out, changes will destabilise policy, favour "think big" applicants Changes announced to the Resource Management Act are likely to cause policy flip-flops and major difficulties for... Wed, 15 Sep 2004 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/139/15/Resource-Management-Act-review---ECO-press-release.html Coromandel Watchdog appeal for urban support http://www.eco.org.nz/news/140/15/Coromandel-Watchdog-appeal-for-urban-support.html COROMANDEL ENVIRONMENTALISTS APPEAL FOR URBAN SUPPORT The Coromandel environmental group, Peninsula Watchdog, is appealing to bach owners and other absentee ratepayers in Auckland and Hamilton to enroll and cast a special vote in the forthcoming local body elections for the... Mon, 13 Sep 2004 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/140/15/Coromandel-Watchdog-appeal-for-urban-support.html Government Warned off RMA Refocus http://www.eco.org.nz/news/141/15/Government-Warned-off-RMA-Refocus.html Moves by the government to improve implementation of the Resource Management Act and to provide information to people participating in Resource Management Act processes are welcome and are all that is needed, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ,... Thu, 05 Aug 2004 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/141/15/Government-Warned-off-RMA-Refocus.html ECO launches RMAlink website project. http://www.eco.org.nz/news/142/15/ECO-launches-RMAlink-website-project.html The launch of ECO’s RMAlink website is on Thursday 5th August 2004 in the Reception Room, Turnbull House, Bowen Street, Wellington, from 11am till noon. Guest speakers will be the Hon. David Benson-Pope, Minister for the RMA, Beryl Anderson from... Fri, 02 Jul 2004 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/142/15/ECO-launches-RMAlink-website-project.html Orange Roughy Stock not Sustainable - Minister and Industry wrong http://www.eco.org.nz/news/143/15/Orange-Roughy-Stock-not-Sustainable---Minister-and-Industry-wrong.html Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ Inc, Media Release – for Thursday 10 June 2004 - Wellington Official Figures show Orange Roughy Fishing not Sustainable – Minister of Fisheries Wrong on Several Counts Environmental Economist, Claims by Fisheries Minister David... Thu, 10 Jun 2004 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/143/15/Orange-Roughy-Stock-not-Sustainable---Minister-and-Industry-wrong.html Seabed and Foreshore in New Zealand http://www.eco.org.nz/news/144/15/Seabed-and-Foreshore-in-New-Zealand.html The first decision of the ECO Executive Committee on the government’s statements regarding its proposed policy on the Foreshore and Seabed was that the timeline for the consultation on the matter was deplorably short and that ECO would not make... Sat, 20 Dec 2003 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/144/15/Seabed-and-Foreshore-in-New-Zealand.html Forest Research Institute GE tree Planting Unacceptable under International Standards http://www.eco.org.nz/news/145/15/Forest-Research-Institute-GE-tree-Planting-Unacceptable-under-International-Standards.html "Planting genetically engineered radiata pine and spruce trees is a waste of time and money because their products will not be acceptable under international plantation standards to which New Zealand companies are intending to work, says the Environment and Conservation... Thu, 24 Jul 2003 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/145/15/Forest-Research-Institute-GE-tree-Planting-Unacceptable-under-International-Standards.html Government should stay firm with methane levy http://www.eco.org.nz/news/147/15/Government-should-stay-firm-with-methane-levy.html Federated Farmers' campaign to get out of paying the methane levy is hypocritical and self-indulgent and should be ignored as the temper tantrum of a spoilt child says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO). If the farmers refuse... Tue, 15 Jul 2003 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/147/15/Government-should-stay-firm-with-methane-levy.html Electricity Paths: Fossil Fuels for Fossil Fools http://www.eco.org.nz/news/148/15/Electricity-Paths-Fossil-Fuels-for-Fossil-Fools.html The Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO) today issued a package of proposals for a sustainable electricity future and called on the Cabinet today not to be "fossil fools" by hanging their electricity strategy on coal and gas. ECO... Tue, 20 May 2003 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/148/15/Electricity-Paths-Fossil-Fuels-for-Fossil-Fools.html Hui on marine, oceans and fisheries management issues http://www.eco.org.nz/news/149/15/Hui-on-marine-oceans-and-fisheries-management-issues.html Taipa Marae 25th-27th April Hui presented by ECO, Environment & Conservation Oganisations of NZ, in association with the Kaitaia Environment Centre Objectives are to enhance the understanding of; Northland’s marine environmental management issues, particularly; pollution and fisheries issues; the Oceans... Wed, 16 Apr 2003 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/149/15/Hui-on-marine-oceans-and-fisheries-management-issues.html Community Right to Know Legislation Called for http://www.eco.org.nz/news/151/15/Community-Right-to-Know-Legislation-Called-for.html New Zealand needs law for a legal "right to know" for communities when the environment or health may be affected, says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ, ECO, says co-chairperson, Cath Wallace. "The Ministers for the Environment, Local Government,... Mon, 17 Feb 2003 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/151/15/Community-Right-to-Know-Legislation-Called-for.html ECO signs on to joint letter for peace http://www.eco.org.nz/news/152/15/ECO-signs-on-to-joint-letter-for-peace.html JOINT LETTER to the PRIME MINISTER from: Combined Trade Unions (CTU), ECO (representing 65 environment organisations), Greenpeace, Peace Foundation, The Body Shop NZ, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Aotearoa) The Hon Helen Clark Prime Minister Parliament Buildings Wellington ... Thu, 13 Feb 2003 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/152/15/ECO-signs-on-to-joint-letter-for-peace.html The RMA - Protecting Our Clean, Green Image http://www.eco.org.nz/news/153/15/The-RMA---Protecting-Our-Clean-Green-Image.html The Government is intending to pass an amendment to the Resource Management Act that will severely reduce the quality of environmental decision-making, says Forest and Bird. The Resource Management Amendment Bill will reduce public participation in important environmental decisions. If... Tue, 14 Jan 2003 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/153/15/The-RMA---Protecting-Our-Clean-Green-Image.html New Zealand Kyoto ratification vital to Protocol http://www.eco.org.nz/news/154/15/New-Zealand-Kyoto-ratification-vital-to-Protocol.html Auckland; New Zealand's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change today means the Protocol only needs Russia for it to come into force. "New Zealand's decision to ratify Kyoto has turned out to be vital for the entry into... Tue, 10 Dec 2002 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/154/15/New-Zealand-Kyoto-ratification-vital-to-Protocol.html Climate Change Policy Indulges Polluters; Bad Faith Policy Development http://www.eco.org.nz/news/155/15/Climate-Change-Policy-Indulges-Polluters-Bad-Faith-Policy-Development.html The Climate Change policy announced today by the government will not do enough to slow greenhouse gas pollution and is too, little too late, says Cath Wallace, of the environmental coalition, ECO. Representing 65 member organisations, Cath Wallace says that... Thu, 17 Oct 2002 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/155/15/Climate-Change-Policy-Indulges-Polluters-Bad-Faith-Policy-Development.html Government fails to connect energy and climate change http://www.eco.org.nz/news/156/15/Government-fails-to-connect-energy-and-climate-change.html The Government’s final package of climate change policies, released today, shows a serious lack of intent in preventing dangerous climate change. The early depletion of Maui gas highlights the need for New Zealand to develop an energy strategy that should... Thu, 17 Oct 2002 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/156/15/Government-fails-to-connect-energy-and-climate-change.html Terrorism Suppression Bill Undermines Vital Civil Liberties http://www.eco.org.nz/news/157/15/Terrorism-Suppression-Bill-Undermines-Vital-Civil-Liberties.html The Terrorism Suppression Bill remains far too wide in scope and should be withdrawn for re-drafting says the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ, ECO. "The essence of terrorism is violence or threats of violence or harm to human health... Thu, 10 Oct 2002 09:00:00 +1300 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/157/15/Terrorism-Suppression-Bill-Undermines-Vital-Civil-Liberties.html Ecological Areas are not for Flooding: Conservation Organisations Warn off Energy Minister http://www.eco.org.nz/news/158/15/Ecological-Areas-are-not-for-Flooding-Conservation-Organisations-Warn-off-Energy-Minister.html Suggestions by Energy Minister Pete Hodgson that the Conservation Act should be amended to allow conservation areas to be made available for other purposes were rejected with impatience and anger today by the chair of the Environment and Conservation Organisations... Sun, 15 Sep 2002 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/158/15/Ecological-Areas-are-not-for-Flooding-Conservation-Organisations-Warn-off-Energy-Minister.html Survey: Coalition Choices Crucial for Environment http://www.eco.org.nz/news/159/15/Survey-Coalition-Choices-Crucial-for-Environment.html Wellington , The make-up of any coalition after the election will be crucial for the environment according to a report which contains an analysis of party policies released today by environment, conservation and recreation organisations. The Vote for the Environment... Wed, 24 Jul 2002 09:00:00 +1200 http://www.eco.org.nz/news/159/15/Survey-Coalition-Choices-Crucial-for-Environment.html