Monday, 11 February 2013
Development contributions review in response to housing cost concerns
The Government is looking at changes to the way Councils charge for new sections and other developments by today releasing a discussion paper as part of its work on housing affordability and local government reform.
Monday, 4 February 2013
Minister opens Old Ghost Road cycle trail
Conservation Minister Nick Smith today opened a 26 kilometre section of the Old Ghost Road cycle trail in Buller.
Friday, 17 February 2012
Environmental champions sough
Environment Minister Nick Smith today called for nominations for the 2012 Green Ribbon Awards which recognise the achievements of New Zealanders who are dedicated to protecting and improving our environment.
Friday, 27 January 2012
Crown Observer to assist ChCh City Council
Local Government Minister Nick Smith and the Christchurch City Council have met today and agreed to the appointment of a Crown Observer to assist the Council.
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Environmental Recovery plan for Rena launched
Environment Minister Nick Smith today launched the environmental recovery plan, to address the long term effects of the Rena disaster on the wider Bay of Plenty region.
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Funding for red zone household hazardous waste disposal
The Government will provide $509,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund to help residents in Canterbury’s red zone to dispose of their hazardous household waste safely, Environment Minister Hon Dr Nick Smith announced today.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Industrial gas units banned from New Zealand's ETS
Climate Change Minister Nick Smith today announced the Government is banning some international emissions units from New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
Monday, 12 December 2011
Durban climate change outcome welcomed
Climate Change Ministers Nick Smith and Tim Groser have warmly welcomed the outcome of the UN Climate Change negotiations which concluded successfully in Durban today.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Govt to support further testing at Moanataiari
The Government will provide $237,500 towards further soil testing in the Thames suburb of Moanataiari, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Further Moanataiari soil testing a priority
The Government has a contestable fund that the Waikato Regional Council and Thames-Coromandel District Council can apply to for further testing of contaminants at the Moanataiari subdivision in Thames, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.
Penguin release milestone in Rena recovery
The release of 60 penguins at Mt Maunganui beach today is a significant milestone in the Bay of Plenty's recovery from the Rena oil spill and environmental disaster, Environment Minister Nick Smith said today.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Govt gives guidance on water & renewable generation
Environment Minister Nick Smith today issued guidance for councils implementing the Government’s two new national policy statements for fresh water management and renewable electricity generation.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
NZ King Salmon proposal referred to Board of Inquiry
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Govt urges Kiwis to use fireworks safely
Environment and ACC Minister Nick Smith is encouraging Kiwis to take extra care while enjoying fireworks this Guy Fawkes.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
$16.2 million Tui Mine clean up gets underway
Environment Minister Nick Smith today launched the clean up of New Zealand’s most contaminated site at Tui Mine with the Green Party and announced a new national environmental standard for better managing contaminated sites.
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Crown and iwi to advance Whanganui River negotiations
The Crown and Whanganui iwi have signed a Record of Understanding which will act as the foundation for negotiating a settlement of historical grievances associated with the Whanganui River, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson and Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
ACC surplus enables large levy reductions
ACC levy reductions of more than half a billion dollars a year for workers and businesses have been approved with ACC declaring a healthy surplus for the last year of $3.5 billion.
Friday, 7 October 2011
Changes proposed to RMA following earthquake report
A report into approvals of subdivisions in Christchurch and Kaiapoi badly affected by Canterbury's earthquakes has resulted in the Government proposing changes to the Resource Management Act to better manage the risk of natural hazards.
Govt gives $1 million to environmental projects
Environment Minister Nick Smith today announced more than $1 million in funding for six projects across the country and the accreditation of a new product stewardship scheme.
Thursday, 6 October 2011
The Great TV Take Back – greater than expected
Minister for the Environment Nick Smith today announced that The Great TV Take Back campaign netted 28,000 unwanted TVs for recycling – far exceeding the Government’s expectations.
Friday, 30 September 2011
Restrictions proposed on NZ ETS units
The Government today released a discussion document proposing to exclude specific types of international Kyoto units generated from the destruction of industrial gases from the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.
Accord reinforces commitment to Waipa River
Environment Minister Nick Smith and representatives of Ngati Maniapoto today signed an Environment Accord at Parliament that supports the commitment both parties have made to enter a new era of co-management of the Waipa River catchment.
Big efficiency gains in consent processing
A 2011 report released today on the performance of councils in administering the Resource Management Act shows consents are being processed more efficiently since the Government reformed the Act, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Govt queries WHO figures on NZ air pollution
Latest World Health Organisation figures on air quality released today are out of step with the Government's data, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.
Auditor-General's water report backs Govt action
An independent review of four regional councils’ freshwater management supports steps being taken by the Government to improve water quality in New Zealand, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.
NZ environmental cooperation with Chile grows
Growing partnerships between New Zealand and Chile on environmental issues will provide long-term benefits, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nick Smith says.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Changes to Rakaia WCO referred to Commissioners
An application by TrustPower to vary the Rakaia River Water Conservation Order has been referred to the Environment Canterbury Commissioners by Environment Minister Nick Smith.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Free TV recycling launched
New Zealanders have the opportunity over the next fortnight to responsibly dispose of their old TV for free at The Warehouse as part of the Government’s Love New Zealand recycling programme, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.
Friday, 16 September 2011
Transmission Gully proposal referred to Board of Inquiry
Environment Minister Nick Smith today referred an application for the Transmission Gully roading proposal to an independent Board of Inquiry under the Government's new national consenting process with the Environmental Protection Authority.
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Slowing of ETS recommended by Review Panel
The Government today released the Emissions Trading Scheme Review Panel’s report – Doing New Zealand’s Fair Share – that recommends the implementation of the scheme be slowed down.