Upcoming submissions on a wide range of environment and conservation issues including:
- Parliamentary legislation,
- Select Committee enquiries,
- Conservation Plans and Strategies,
- National Policy Statements and Environmental Standards,
- Maritime Rules,
- and others etc.
Environmental Content in Constitutional Review
The Government has asked its Constitutional Review Panel to listen and record New Zealanders’ views on constitutional issues and report back to government by the end of 2013. While the Government has listed matters to be considered, the Panel may also report on issues outside the terms of reference if there is sufficient interest in a constitutional topic. The Deadline for submissions is 5pm 1 July 2013 see http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz/How-to-make-a-Submission
ECO wishes to draw attention to this opportunity for national discussion to give protection to the environment in our constitution through the submission process. This might among other things address the matter of access to Freshwater and Sanitation considering the NZ Government position of progressive/longterm implementation of the General Assembly decision.. When the UN General Assembly in 2010 declared access to clean water and sanitation is a human right New Zealand along with US, Canada, Australia and many EU nations didn't support the vote - but abstained see www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=35456.
The Resource Management Act is about to undergo its most comprehensive change since its introduction by the 1991 National government.
The government proposes that the changes, described in an 83-page consultation paper titled Improving Our Resource Management System, will achieve -
- greater national consistency and guidance
- fewer, better resource management plans
- an effective and efficient consenting system
- better natural hazard management
- effective and meaningful Māori participation
There will be a series of meetings around the country as part of the consultation process – more details of the locations and dates of these meetings are on the MfE website here: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/rma/reform/phase-two/2013-consultation.htmlSubmissions closed on 2 April.
Below is a list of the agencies and links to upcoming consultations
There are several important Bills before Parliament with upcoming submissions
The latest business before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee can be found here.
Government agencies - current consultations