Whichever party leads the next government, we now have key environment and conservation commitments on the record. At
the RMLA / EDS political seminar last evening in Auckland, party spokespersons were quizzed on their policy settings.
“The idea was to drill down beneath the headlines into some detail in front of an expert audience present in person and
online,” said seminar moderator Gary Taylor.
“Our motivation in holding the event was to explore the issues that had it not been for Covid-19 would have been the
main concerns in the election.
“So we took a deep dive into climate change, oceans, biodiversity, freshwater and resource management reform.
“In the limited time available there was an encouraging degree of consensus on the way forward but also some big
differences, especially between the smaller parties on the left and the right.
“Spokespersons in the panel discussion were David Parker (L), Eugenie Sage (G), Scott Simpson (N), Simon Court (ACT),
John Tamihere (Māori Party) and David Wilson (NZ1).
“The discussion is available here
(you’ll need to put in your name and email to view) and should prove a useful reference point to keep the new
government on track,” 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.