Government Ministers & National put forward their cases: EDS 2018 Conference
Green Light or Light Green?
The Government’s environmental reforms
1-2 August 2018, Grand Millennium Auckland
We have an unprecedented number of key Ministers speaking about their portfolio contributions to the Government’s
overall environmental reform agenda. So this conference presents an unparalleled opportunity to delve deeply into the
reform commitments and explore further initiatives as New Zealand’s entire resource management system gets a major
WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST
9am: Session 1: Environmental Reform Agenda
The Government’s environmental reform agenda Hon David Parker, Minister for the Environment is expected to outline RMA intentions, progress with the Kermadec Sanctuary, implications of freshwater reforms and
climate change on land use and how his economic development and trade responsibilities align with his environmental
1.40pm: Session 4: Fisheries Reform
The government’s fisheries reform agenda Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Fisheries is expected to cover progress on putting cameras on boats, on the proposed fisheries inquiry, on his intentions
regarding aquaculture and the King Salmon proposals and on ecosystem-based management.
4.15pm: Session 5: Urban Reform
The government’s urban reform agenda Hon Phil Twyford, Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Transport will traverse his urban development authority proposals, the future of Auckland’s rural-urban boundary, the latest
evolution of his transport investment plans and electrification of NZ’s vehicle fleet.
5.55pm: Session 6: National Political Update
National’s environmental reform policies Scott Simpson, National Party Spokesperson for the Environment and Planning has been given responsibility to lead a fundamental review of National’s environment policy and will explain how he
intends to go about that, what the opportunities for public engagement will be and some early ideas about future
THURSDAY 2 AUGUST
2.00pm: Session 11: Conservation Reform
The government’s conservation reform agenda, Hon Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservation has been asked to explain what the increased budget provision will mean for biodiversity conservation, how to better
protect our freshwater fish, the future of tenure review and ideas for better protecting New Zealand’s outstanding
landscapes including the Mackenzie Country.
Join us on 1-2 August 2018 for New Zealand’s leading, thought-provoking environmental conference.
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.
MORE ABOUT EDS
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.