Raewyn Peart, the Environmental Defence Society’s Policy Director, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of
Merit in the New Year’s Honours list.
“This award recognises the significant contribution Raewyn Peart has made to the development of environmental policy in
New Zealand,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor.
“She has published extensively on topics as wideranging as marine planning, the need for an EPA, the evolution of the
EEZ Act, coastal development, landscape management, aquaculture, fisheries management and resource reform.
“Her books include Castles in the Sand: What’s happening to the New Zealand coast? Dolphins of Aotearoa: Living with dolphins in New
Zealand, The Story of the Hauraki Gulf, and Voices from the Sea: Managing New Zealand’s Fisheries.
“In all her prolific output of books and reports she has maintained very high standards of fairness, balance and
“All of her writing has been focused on contemporary issues with the intent of influencing the evolution of Government
policy in a positive and practical way.
“Raewyn’s thought leadership on resource management challenges is exemplary. She will continue her work during 2019,
which promises to be a very big year for the environment,” Mr Taylor concluded.
Environmental Defence Society
EDS is a not-for-profit environmental organisation committed to improving environmental outcomes within New Zealand.
The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is a professionally run, independent environmental group that was established in
1971. It brings together the disciplines of science, planning, landscape and the law.
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It operates as a think-tank, providing thought leadership on key environmental issues as well as representing the
environment before councils and the courts.
EDS is located at the collaborative and business aware end of the environmental movement, seeking constructive
engagement with all sectors, to achieve good environmental and economic outcomes for all New Zealanders. It has
It also plays an education role, helping business, councils, community groups and iwi to better understand best
practice resource management. EDS runs national and regional conferences and seminars on topical issues.
EDS is a registered charity and donations to it are tax-deductible.