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New Environmental Rules for the Plantation Forestry Sector

SMALL FOREST OWNERS AFFECTED BY NEW ENVIRONMENTAL RULES Introduction Whether you are a small forest owner or a landowner interested in planting trees under the Government’s 1 billion trees initiative, you need to be aware of the new environmental rules that govern plantation forestry and...

Minister David Parker on Environment Policy Priorities

An Overview  Environment Minister David Parker delivered a speech last month outlining environment portfolio policy priorities for the next 12 months, in relation to improving freshwater quality, climate change and urban development. He also confirmed that a comprehensive review of the...

New Partner for Adderley Head

Adderley Head is delighted to announce that Juliette Derry will be joining us as a Partner from 1 November. Juliette is an internationally experienced environmental law specialist.  A University of Canterbury graduate, she left Christchurch for London in 1998 and moved to Sydney in 1999...

NES for Plantation Forestry

6 tips to help achieve compliance It is important to know what needs to be done in order to successfully implement the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry within your organisation. It is not possible to specify a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to implementing the...

The NES for Plantation Forestry

Overview and Implications The long awaited National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (the NES) were notified in the New Zealand Gazette on 3 August 2017. The NES has been heralded as a new nationwide set of environmental rules for managing New Zealand’s 1.7 million hectares...

RMA Reform - Was it worth the wait?

A review of the Resource Legislation Amendment Act  After a drawn-out process, the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (RLAA) finally received royal assent on 18 April 2017. The purpose of the RLAA is to provide practical improvements to the New Zealand resource management scheme...

Solving the Housing Crisis - It's as easy as UDA

A Review of the Urban Development Authorities Proposal  Every week there is a headline highlighting the fact that New Zealand is in a housing crisis.  Prices are too high, there aren’t enough houses and salaries do not match the money required for a deposit to purchase a first...

RMA reform passes final hurdle

After a lengthy process spanning several years, the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill has passed its final hurdle and will become law as soon as the Bill receives Royal Asset. The Bill introduces a number of changes to the Resource Management Act in the following key areas: Alternative...

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill

A Review of the Select Committee Report A further step in the drawn out Resource Legislation Amendment Bill process was recently completed. The Local Government and Environment Select Committee announced its recommended changes to the Bill. To re-cap, the Bill had been open for public submission...

Non-notified consents

Risks and strategies for applicants Obtaining a resource consent is often criticised as a lengthy and expensive exercise. An important step in the process that can have a major impact on time and cost is the Council’s decision on whether or not the application should be notified. A...