ECO News News from Feedmaker Despite substantial movement from China on Antarctic Conservation, Southern Ocean progress remains stalled Despite substantial movement from China on Antarctic Conservation, Southern Ocean progress remains stalled while protection efforts expand around world HOBART, 30 October 2015 – The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to agree... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:44:22 +1300 Action urged to improve water quality, health and aquatic life How to improve water quality and the social, cultural, and economic gains to New Zealand from doing so was the focus of the ECO conference. The Conference in Christchurch Friday 28-Sunday 30 August on Dialogues on Freshwater - Navigating impasses... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:10:36 +1200 Media advisory: Water issues get flushed out this weekend Over 100 people from around New Zealand will be meeting in Christchurch this weekend to discuss ways of protecting freshwater.  The conference Dialogues on Freshwater - Navigating impasses & new approaches has been organised by Environment and Conservation Organisations of... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:14:00 +1200 It’s time the Government saw the writing on the wall for coal Coal Action Network Aotearoa today called for the Government to “get real” about the future of coal. Solid Energy going into administration is good for the workers currently employed by Solid Energy in the short term, but the future of... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:24:57 +1200 Legal challenge to TPPA secrecy lodged Papers were filed in the High Court in Wellington today seeking an urgent judicial review of Trade Minister Tim Groser’s blanket refusal to release any documents sought in a comprehensive Official Information Act request made by University of Auckland law... Wed, 05 Aug 2015 23:45:25 +1200 NZ nears the end of coal-fired power: all eyes on Fonterra Coal Action Network Aotearoa today welcomed Genesis Energy’s announcement that it will close its Huntly coal-fired power station – but noted that this would now bring close scrutiny onto the next biggest coal user: Fonterra. “The Genesis announcement will give... Wed, 05 Aug 2015 23:28:51 +1200 Will GE Trees bring economic suicide? The Ministry of Primary industries is in its final consultation meetings in the South Island and is now calling for submissions* on the National Environmental Standards on Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) [1]. The NES-PF has added a late clause that makes... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:02:18 +1200 National Environmental Standards - a National train wreck Normal 0 false false false EN-NZ X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 ... Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:54:24 +1200 Who’s the real threat to security: Govt climate policy – or four climbers? Coal Action Network Aotearoa today congratulated the Greenpeace climbers on the roof of Parliament drawing attention to the lack of Government action on climate change. “Who is the bigger threat to security here:  John Key’s apparent intention of letting global... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:44:53 +1200 Media Advisory: New Polar Code Rules Will Not Protect Antarctic Waters The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition today expressed concern over the lack of any new significant provisions in Part II of the Polar Code that would adequately protect the Antarctic environment from pollution.  The London-based UN International Maritime Organization (IMO)... Mon, 11 May 2015 15:16:12 +1200 Resource Management Law Changes threatened Kauri Land owner attempts to destroy 500 year kauri and other native trees is an example of changes to the resource law between 2009 and 2013 which undermine urban tree protection, and it will get worse, the Environment and Conservation Organisations... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:57:51 +1300 EPA seabed mining decision a “victory for good science” The decision by New Zealand’s EPA to refuse consent for a bid to mine phosphate from the Chatham Rise’s deep sea bed is logical, wise, and a victory for good science, and a vindication of all the concerns raised by... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:26:57 +1300 New Zealand’s Climate Movement is growing “New Zealand’s Climate Movement is growing bigger and more organised”, said OFO member Rosemary Penwarden on the eve of the “Taranaki’s Beauty and the Beast” weekend conference that has attracted climate activists and interested people from around the country. Last... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:02:58 +1300 Warts and all expose of Taranaki’s oil and gas Taranaki’s relationship with oil and gas will be examined at an Environmental and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand (ECO) gathering this weekend. Held at Muru Raupatu Marae in Bell Block, more than 60 people have registered to be part... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:59:38 +1300 Resource Management changes will not cure rising house prices Resource Management changes will not cure rising house prices but will undermine environmental protection and community input Major changes to Resource Management Act (RMA) proposed by the Minister for the Environment will weaken environmental safeguards and will not solve housing... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:21:33 +1300 Antarctic Toothfish Pirate fishing: The rule book is slim. Spain needs to take action  The national environmental alliance ECO NZ has congratulated the New Zealand Navy and government for monitoring unauthorized and unreported fishing in Southern Ocean. Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO),  Antarctic and policy specialist, Cath Wallace, today welcomed the Navy... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:43:52 +1300 New Zealand’s disappearing kelp forests A newly published scientific paper reveals widespread collapse and destruction of kelp forest around New Zealand’s coast. Noted ecologist, diver and film maker, Wade Doak, of Northland, New Zealand, says the paper, in the international Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions, charts the... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:44:47 +1300 New Zealand Government Grants Massive Subsidy To Deep Sea Mining Firm Before Legal Ruling Is In “Astonishing and irresponsible” is how experts and environmentalists have greeted the news that the Government of New Zealand has granted a subsidy of up to $20 million to a company proposing to operate a deep sea mine, while a legal... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:52:50 +1300 Polar Code too weak to properly protect polar environments from increased shipping activit Responding to today’s adoption by the International Maritime Organisation of the long-awaited Polar Code, aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions, a coalition of environmental groups criticised the measures for not going far enough to adequately protect the fragile Arctic... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:27:08 +1300 EPA must refuse phosphate mining application The New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency should refuse an application to mine phosphate from the deep seabed in the Chatham Rise, because of the damage it will cause to the marine environment, and because the EPA hasn’t got enough information... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:16:10 +1300 Global Efforts to Protect Southern Ocean Blocked by China and Russia: International Commission Unable to Reach Consensus Global Efforts to Protect Southern Ocean Blocked by China and Russia: International Commission Unable to Reach Consensus HOBART, 31 October 2014 – The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to agree to protect... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:31:21 +1300 Mayor admits “this is really mining” At a public meeting The Hauraki District Council hosted on Tuesday evening in response to uproar about the mining operations due to start in Karangahake Mayor John Tredgida admitted that what New Talisman’s plans to start is in fact mining.... Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:50:19 +1300 Protected corals could be wiped out by deep sea phosphate mining, hearing told Wellington-30 September 2014—Mining phosphate from the seabed of the Chatham Rise would remove a protected coral species crucial to the local ecosystem, an Environmental Protection Agency hearing into a seabed mining proposal was told this morning.   Benthic expert Professor... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:02:33 +1300 Chatham Rise hearing: NGOs join forces to oppose The EPA began hearings today in Wellington on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s (CRP) application to mine 5000 square kms of the seabed on the Chatham Rise, in the waters off the New Zealand’s east coast. Environment groups the Deep Sea Conservation... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:50:16 +1200 Shock as company gets go-ahead in the Karangahake Gorge Extensive mining activity is due to start in the beautiful bush clad hills behind the iconic Karangahake Rail Trail. New Talisman Gold Mines received an “Authority to Enter and Operate” from the Department of Conservation in August this year and... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:40:50 +1200 DOC has given the go ahead to mine the Karangahake Gorge This is DOC land, set aside for conservation, in an area developing a sustainable economy which depends on people coming to enjoy the natural environment. Coromandel Watchdog, alongside locals and iwi, remain adamant we will do all we can to... Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:42:49 +1200 Climate Vote had large online audience A large online audience joined a sellout crowd to watch the first-ever ‘Great Climate Voter Debate’ which was streamed live last night at . The debate at Auckland’s Q Theatre gave representatives of six political parties the chance to... Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:48:33 +1200 Labour Party Mining Policy Welcomed Schedule 4 Protection from Mining Extended to all Southern Coromandel Conservation Land.  All conservation land, beaches and harbours on the Southern Coromandel Peninsula between Thames (Kopu-Hikuai Road) and Te Aroha will be included in Schedule 4 and protected from mining... Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:00:25 +1200 Climate Voter Election Debate Tickets to tomorrow night’s first-ever Climate Voter election debate have sold out but an online audience will also get to see the event live. Over 55,000 New Zealanders have signed on at as Climate Voters since the initiative was... Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:18:16 +1200 Achieving Genuine progress for the Environment? ECO Conference - Wellington 22-23 August 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 New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species 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 Greenpeace Wins Charity Case in Supreme Court 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 New Report Calls for Protection of the Weddell Sea Region 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 Taranaki’s first Oil/Gas marine consent – a death knell for marine mammals 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 Government Puts Coromandel at Risk 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 Mining decision a tragedy for Denniston plateau 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 Organic course cuts are a move in the wrong direction 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 Solid Energy layoffs more evidence coal won’t provide secure jobs 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 Drill report small victory but not good enough 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 Policy Stability, greater economic efficiency and better environmental outcomes expected from Green’s climate policy package 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 Court decision keeps NZ GE-free 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 Mining brings no prosperity to communities: report 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 Annual Antarctic Treaty meeting Paves Way for Consensus on Marine Protection in Southern Ocean [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 XXXVIII Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings conclude with renewed focus on climate change and marine protection 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 14 wonderful facts about penguins that will amaze you 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 ECO AGM and Conference 2014 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 Youth ambassador to deliver over 77,000 shark fin pledges to minister 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 Which Way New Zealand?   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 Anadarko Oil spill equipment grossly inadequate 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 Russia, Ukraine again block global efforts for Southern Ocean Marine Protection – Antarctic Ocean Alliance 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 How to Vote on THE VOTE ------------ Mining Industry vs. Environmentalists 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 Proposed variation to the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary 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 Activity Classifications Under The EEZ Act 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 Canterbury, Otago and Southland Conservation Management Strategies 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 Conservation Week 2013 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:26:25 +1200 2013 Review of Sustainability measures and management controls for fishstocks: Part 2 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 National’s Removal of Environmental Protections will Inflame Reputational Damage to New Zealand 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 New Zealand Constitutional Review Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:47:59 +1200 Russian delegation blocks global efforts for Antarctic marine protection “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 Watchdog Protests Gold Drilling in Conservation Land 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 The Islands and Isolated Communities Congress 9-11 September 2013, Honolulu, Hawai'i More info here: 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 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas 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 Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:35:58 +1200 Universal Periodic Review of New Zealand Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:02:35 +1200 World Oceans Day - 8 June Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:26:48 +1200 World Environment Day - 5 June Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:02:06 +1200 Earth Day 22 April 2013 – ECO – Celebrate those who protect the Earth 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 Government Bid to Criminalise Sea Protests Slammed - Move Against International Law, says Legal Advice 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 Resource Management Reform Bill: discussion paper Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:02:35 +1300 New campaign to protect Whangamata Bar 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 Giant Eel Comes to Parliament - New Zealand Threatened Species Delivers Petition 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 Organic farmers cope better in drought "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 NZ Shark Alliance asks if Govt’s view on shark finning changing          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 Resource Management Reform Bill 2012 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:52:25 +1300 Resource Management Act Changes Undermine Environmental Protection and Introduce Uncertainty 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 Solid Energy: Poor government ETS policies and unwise fossil fuel investments require rethink 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 Westland Tai Poutini NPMP partial review Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:01:56 +1300 SPRFMO Outcomes: Jack Mackerel catch risks for wider. Ecosystem issues parked. "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 South Pacific Fisheries negotiations impasse - Talks in Auckland continue into the night 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 Mothball lignite plant, Coal Action tells Solid Energy 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 PM urged to make protecting the Ross Sea a personal mission 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 Watchdog on the road to save the Coromandel! 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 Draft Minerals Programmes Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:12:42 +1300 Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:36:26 +1300 Australia leaps far ahead of New Zealand in Marine Protected Areas 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 Power Shift NZ-Pacific - youth climate summit 7-9 December 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 Investors beware: Van Diemens Land dairy expansion would destroy endangered devils and quolls 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 Summer Gathering Arthurs Pass January 2013 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 Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust conference - October 2013 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 Protected Areas jeopardised by Crown Minerals Bill 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 Review of the Maui's Dolphin Threat Management Plan Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:19:46 +1300 All parties – bar one – join forces to support shark finning ban 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 Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:17:18 +1300 World Watches as CCAMLR Stalls on Ross Sea Marine Protection 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 Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Amendment Bill 2012 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 Antarctic Ocean Alliance calls on CCAMLR Delegates to seize opportunity for unprecedented marine protection 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 Marine Legislation Bill Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:39:12 +1300 NZ govt fails Maui’s dolphins on global stage 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 NZ risks political ‘train-wreck’ in rejecting joint US Ross Sea marine reserve proposal 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 Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:39:28 +1200 High level NZ and US meetings leave fate of Antarctica’s Ross Sea hanging in the balance 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 Notice to establish marine reserves on the West Coast Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:39:02 +1200 Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:30:51 +1200 DSCC Hails Landmark Proposal to Phase Out Deep-Sea Bottom Trawling in Northeast Atlantic 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 Alliance calls new research in “Science” an urgent wake up call 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 New Zealand in prime position to protect Antarctic waters 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 Widespread concern over proposed Resource Management Act changes 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 ECOs 40th Annual Conference 6-8 July 2012 in Wellington 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 Emissions Trading System needs strengthening to be effective 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 World Heritage should be protected by Schedule 4 of Crown Minerals Act 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 Rio+20: Facing the limits of democracy - Rio+20 has not secured the planet 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 Global Alliance launches new report calling for protection for over 40% of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean 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 Emissions Trading Scheme Proposed Changes 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 New Plymouth District Council company implicated in forest logging: Tasmanian Devils at risk 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 Forum calls on Pacific people to value all species 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 New Zealand King Salmon Farms Proposal 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 Proposed Interim Extension of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:13:51 +1200 Crown Minerals Act Review 1991 Regime Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:51:31 +1200 Game Animal Council Bill Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:44:09 +1200 Bathurst Resources office opening – not our brighter future 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 Background on the Polar Code and Protection of the Ross Sea 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 ASOC Briefing on Two Recent Accidents in the Ross Sea 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 Fishing in Antarctica’s Ross Sea Unacceptable Say Major Environmental Groups 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 Mt William North Mining Project 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 Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill 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 Quota Management System no guarantee of sustainability : Consumers should use industry-independent guides 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 Ross Sea threatened by another fishing vessel disaster 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 Environmental groups press government to keep promise on mining 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 UN Renews call for Urgent Action to Protect Largest Biosphere on the Planet 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 Coromandel Residents Oppose Mining Survey 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 Community input needed on coastal management 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 Review of Incorporated Society Act 1908 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 10:14:41 +1300 National Party Environment and Climate Policy Too Weak “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 Antarctic Alliance congratulates CCAMLR on agreeing to Antarctic Ocean framework 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 Organic Winegrowing Reducing Marlborough’s Pesticide Use 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 Greenpeace Statement on Rena Oil Spill 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 Special Appeal: Championing the Public Voice for the Environment 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 Conservation Management Strategy - gazetted wilderness areas 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 FIVE YEARS ON – NEW REPORTS SHOW FISHING NATIONS STILL FLOUTING UN PROTECTION 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 Review of Deepwater Sustainability Measures and other Management Controls for the 2010-11 Fishing Year Thu, 11 Aug 2011 09:53:37 +1200 Can't see the fish for the tuna? 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 Review of Amateur Set Net Ban for a Defined Area of the ECSI to Manage Fishing-Related Threats to Hector’s Dolphins Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:04:47 +1200 Review of Inshore Fishstock Sustainability Measures and other Management Controls for the 2011-12 Fishing Year Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:18:17 +1200 Review of Sustainability Measures and Management Controls for Highly Migratory Species Thu, 04 Aug 2011 09:41:35 +1200 Submission on NPS on Biodiversity Wed, 03 Aug 2011 11:05:21 +1200 Hui commits to stop expansion of fossil fuels extraction 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 Save Our Species (SOS) 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 Flora and Fauna Wai 262 Report Welcomed 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 Emperor Penguins threatened by climate change 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 Environment - Community Resilience - Conference - Auckland 1-3 July 2011 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 Job losses at the Department of Conservation will undermine conservation 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 ECO calls on government to heed IUCN call for a ban on minerals activities in World Heritage Areas 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 Seismic Testing Pulps Squid and Octopus – New Evidence 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 Government should stop deep sea oil drilling 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 ECO Conference July 2011 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 ECO Annual Appeal 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 Little progress at Antarctic marine meeting 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 GE food and environment regulators need changing 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 International Climate Change Day of Action 10/10/10 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 Land and Water Forum Report a brave start, which is yet to be proved “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 Fundraising concert to help community environmental action 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 Government decision on Schedule Four Welcomed But Conservation Areas still at risk especially with Minister of Economic Development a decision maker 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 Government's economic Strategy harming the Environment 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 Concert for the Environment - Wellington, Saturday 31 July 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 ECO Conference 2-4 July, Living Springs, Christchurch - Early bird registration closing 18 June 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 Leading conservation groups unite on World Oceans Day 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 EPA decision welcomed but hard task ahead 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 EIANZ Conference 2010, Te Papa, Wellington 26th – 29th October 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 ECO Special Appeal: Help us stop mining on conservation land 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 Release of Coastal Policy highlights the need for change 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 New Zealand must fill ocean law gaps – Brownlee wrong that oceans protection adequate 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 Environment and Democracy get the Chop in Canterbury 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 Minister makes wrong bluefin tuna and crayfish decisions? 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 Will New Zealand vote to protect endangered marine species? 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 Government proposes a Ministry of Economic Development take over conservation land 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 Greenpeace slams endangered catch quotas 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 Mining conservation land no economic solution 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 ECO Annual Conference - Christchurch, 2-4 July 2010 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 ECO Street Appeal - Thursday 25 March - Volunteers needed 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 Signing South Pacific Fisheries Agreement Welcomed 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 What we want for Christmas - Strawberry growers to go organic 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 Organic sector firmly opposed to genetically engineered animals 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 Reserves and other Lands Disposal Bill - Opua Esplanade Reserve 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 South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management negotiations conclude; countries called on to protect the South Pacific fisheries and marine environment 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 Rules to manage the ghosts of South Pacific fish? 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 ECO Annual Appeal 2009 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 Conservation and recreation groups unite to protect wild rivers 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 Food Safety Minister needs to question GE food safety and labelling 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 Port Marlborough’s independent fumigation monitoring a sham 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 Marlborough needs to clean up its air 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 Emissions Trading System changes major reversal 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 Climate legislation needs strengthening not weakening 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 End Privileged Status for Miners on conservation land 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 Fonterra’s role in rainforest destruction exposed 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 UN head of climate slams NZ emission reduction target 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 Pesticide residues in most food samples shows need for organics 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 Surfbreak Protection concerned by Surfing New Zealand's proposal to drop environmental protection 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 Government Greenhouse target relies on misleading presentation of costs: New Zealanders will still be better off 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 Fishing and environmental groups join forces to fight for fisheries future 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 Activists shut down Queensland coal terminal 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 Federated Farmers bees man ambushing beekeepers GE protection 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 Life Sciences confused about GE risk 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 Be part of the Buzz and raise money for ECO 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 News Module Installed Tue, 23 Jun 2009 19:44:02 +1200 NZ Pesticide Use – Cancer link shows need for government support of organics 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 And we all signed on…campaign reaches 50,000 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 Conservation Budget: Cuts threaten species and destroy carbon sinks 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 NZ Should Note Tasmania’s Clean Green GE Free Approach 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 Picton Fumigators May Have Failed Both Safety and Indian Requirements 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 Picton Getting Tonnes of Toxic Gas Again 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 Antarctic Treaty Governments Fail on Climate Change, Make Progress on Marine Protected Areas and Tourism Regulation 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 Organic Coffee Giveaway on Earth Day 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 ECO Annual Conference - Auckland, 10-12 July 2009 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 RMA Amendments and Submission Guide “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 ECO Street Appeal - Thursday 26 March - Volunteers needed 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 Don’t trade the environment for short term jobs 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 Parliament must to listen to community concerns over RMA changes 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 Celebrate Climate Action at Waitangi Park on Saturday 6th December 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 Join Contact Send this page >> ECO Obama: A new chapter on climate change 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 National-Act Agreement - a step backwards in environment policy 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 Friends of the Earth NZ warning on National Party environment policies 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 Labour and National fail environmental test 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 Would John stop this udder madness? 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 Greenpeace halts forest conversion to dairy - calls for moratorium 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 Clean Streams sham shows need for dairy shift 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 Government fails to deliver on oceans management bill 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 More details needed in National’s Environment Policy 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 Help raise money for ECO by taking part in short online surveys 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 More needed on Oceans Policy 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 Biofuels Bill report back much improved 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 Expulsion of Shell from Ogoni, Nigeria Hailed 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 Dolphin decision broadly welcomed - but risks remain 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 Budget leaves conservation in the cold 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 Climate legislation needs strengthening 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 Households and taxpayers to subsidise big polluters more and longer 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 Oceans management seminar - Wellington, 15 May 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 High Seas Bottom Trawl Controls Welcomed 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 Conservation Job Losses for Trade Deals, Marine Unit Pulped 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 Orange roughy court decision show changes are needed 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 Government drops the ball on marine protection 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 Join Contact Send this page >> ECO Environment report highlights species at risk and action needed from farming, fishing and transport to protect environment 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 The Whangamata Marina - “Call it in Minister” 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 Major progress on Antarctic fisheries conservation welcomed 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 Coromandel Watchdog Wins Prohibition on Mining on Coromandel Peninsula 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 Green groups and foresters call for effective and fair climate policies 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 ECO Welcomes Energy Strategy Commitment to Renewables and Energy Efficiency 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 Orange roughy and other fish catch limits cuts welcomed 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 ECO Welcomes Greenhouse Gas Control Measures, disappointed by delays, allocation 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 Green groups and foresters join forces on climate change 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 Draft Hector's and Maui's Dolphin Threat Management Plan 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 Parliamentary Reviews 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 Tackling climate change, protecting the oceans and freshwater priorities for environmentalists 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 Spying and Infiltration: Changes Called for at Solid Energy 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 Government – Industry Fisheries Accord is a Sham 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 ECO Executive Officer Job AD 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 Energy Strategy: coal’s a goner, renewables workable, can’t wait till 2012 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 UN BOTTOM TRAWLING MORATORIUM AND DEEP-SEA PROTECTION FROZEN BY ICELAND 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 Northern Hemisphere Fisheries Raiders on South Pacific Refuse Restraint 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 International Pressure on PM to pull NZ Bottom trawl fleet from High Seas 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 ACTRESS SIGOURNEY WEAVER STANDS WITH CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS AND AMBASSADORS CALLING FOR A MORATORIUM ON HIGH SEAS BOTTOM-TRAWLING 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 Orange Roughy Cuts Welcomed but overdue 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 Govt proposes soft stance at UN on bottom trawling 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 Fishing Industry Proposals are of low conservation value “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 Environmental summit calls for action on climate, marine issues 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 ECO Conference Now Open for Registration 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 Environmentally blind budget 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 IEAs Support for urgent Emissions prices welcomed 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 Minister's Halt to Whangamata Coastal Destruction Welcomed "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 Solid Energy’s hot air misses the Global Warming point 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 Carbon Charge Abandonment the First Broken Promise – cowardly and irresponsible 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 MFish officials block attempt to ban shark finning “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 Rod Donald’s death a loss to Democracy and the Environment 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 Labour's fisheries policy gets mostly thumbs up from Greenpeace 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 Conservation and environment organizations launch voters’ guide 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 National all wrong again on climate tax cut 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 Strategy for Managing the Environmental Effects of Fishing Welcomed 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 Labour challenged to make environment 7th pledge 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 National: leading us backwards on energy 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 Conservationist Kevin Smith dies 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 Voting for Your Future 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 Parliament's last Act Sabotages RMA 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 National's fisheries policy will lead to further fishing job losses 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 National Party commits to retaining DOC 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 "Red Herrings" report debunks fishing industry claims. 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 Deep Sea Coalition speech To UN conference on Law of the Sea 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 Carbon charge: Greater effort needed on climate change 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 Kyoto Protocol Welcomed 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 Labour Sacrifices Environment 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 DEEP SEA GLOBAL COALITION CALLS FOR UN ACTION ON BOTTOM TRAWLING 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: calling for the Labour government to lead a UN moratorium... Wed, 06 Oct 2004 09:00:00 +1300 Council failures under-mining the Coromandel 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 ECO Annual Conference - Auckland, 10-12 July 2009 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 Resource Management Act review - ECO press release 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 Coromandel Watchdog appeal for urban support 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 Government Warned off RMA Refocus 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 ECO launches RMAlink website project. 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 Orange Roughy Stock not Sustainable - Minister and Industry wrong 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 Seabed and Foreshore in New Zealand 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 Forest Research Institute GE tree Planting Unacceptable under International Standards "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 Government should stay firm with methane levy 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 Electricity Paths: Fossil Fuels for Fossil Fools 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 Hui on marine, oceans and fisheries management issues 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 Community Right to Know Legislation Called for 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 ECO signs on to joint letter for peace 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 The RMA - Protecting Our Clean, Green Image 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 New Zealand Kyoto ratification vital to Protocol 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 Climate Change Policy Indulges Polluters; Bad Faith Policy Development 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 Government fails to connect energy and climate change 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 Terrorism Suppression Bill Undermines Vital Civil Liberties 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 Ecological Areas are not for Flooding: Conservation Organisations Warn off Energy Minister 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 Survey: Coalition Choices Crucial for Environment 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