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More work needed on environmental reporting – PCE

John Kerr posted in on June 30th, 2016.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright,  has released her commentary on a wide-ranging ‘State of the Environment’ report published last year, saying that the Ministry for the Environment needs to give more direction to policy makers. The Environment Aotearoa 2015 report, released by the Ministry and Statistics News Zealand last year, covered […]

PCE calls for action on sea level rise – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on November 20th, 2015.

New Zealand needs to do more to prepare for the consequences of rising sea levels, warns the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment in a new report. In the report, titled, Preparing New Zealand for rising seas: Certainty and Uncertainty, Commissioner Dr Jan Wright outlines the risks posed by rising sea levels, including flooding and erosion. […]

Sea level rise report in the news

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2014.

A new report outlining the science behind the future’s inevitable sea level rise – and how it will impact on New Zealanders – has been widely covered in national media. The report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science, clearly lays out the evidence base for predicted increases in sea […]

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Sea level rise to impact on New Zealanders – report

Laura Goodall posted in on November 27th, 2014.

Flooding and erosion from rising sea levels are likely to significantly impact on New Zealanders in our lifetimes, warns the latest report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released the report titled Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science this afternoon, which lays out the science behind sea level rise and […]

Fracking report finds regulations inadequate

John Kerr posted in on June 5th, 2014.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is calling on the government to put in place better regulations managing the environmental risks of oil and gas drilling – before it is too late. In a new report launched this week the Commissioner, Dr Jan Wright, said New Zealand needed to be ready to cope with the […]

Oil and gas exploration changes pushed – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 4th, 2014.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, today released the second part of her investigation into fracking and unconventional oil and gas exploration.  The report and a Q&A document from the Commissioner can be downloaded here.You can listen to audio of Dr Wright speaking at the report’s launch in Wellington, below: The SMC […]

Commisioner calls for clarity on clean water proposals

John Kerr posted in on February 5th, 2014.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is calling on government to pick up its game on water standards. Current proposals for freshwater management are not adequate for protecting water quality to even existing levels in New Zealand, according to the Commissioner. Dr Wright outlined her concerns in a submission on Government’s proposed National Objectives Framework […]

Water quality report in the news

John Kerr posted in on November 21st, 2013.

A report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has highlighted the negative impact farming practices are having on New Zealand’s waterways, attracting national news coverage. You can read more about the Commissioners report, Water quality in New Zealand:Land use and nutrient pollution along with independent expert commentary here. The report has been widely covered […]

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Shifts in farming put pressure on water quality – report

John Kerr posted in on November 21st, 2013.

Changes in the way New Zealanders use land are negatively affecting the water quality of our lakes and rivers and we need to do something about it, according to the latest report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. The Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released the report titled Water quality in New Zealand: Land use […]

Govt must ‘sort out’ conservation land in limbo – PCE

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2013.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright,  is calling on the government to “sort out” land classed as ‘stewardship land’ —  a poorly protected category of conservation land in New Zealand. Dr Wright has expressed her concerns in a new report, Investigating the future of conservation: The case of stewardship land, which was released […]

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