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Scientific research the key to balancing productivity and environmental values — Tom Richardson

Tessa Evans posted in on April 24th, 2017.

We can have a profitable agricultural sector and protect the environment, writes AgResearch chief executive Tom Richardson, we just need to use science.  An excerpt (read in full): As the head of a science organisation which is focused on solving that conundrum I see our role in this being clear, and critically important. Science needs to lead the […]

In The News — Water fools?

Tessa Evans posted in on April 19th, 2017.

After a week of floods and heavy rainfall, fresh water is still in the headlines. Radio New Zealand is diving into the muddy waters in a series called ‘Water Fools?’, teasing apart how farming affects our waterways and how the views of the public, farmers and the government often differ. The unmonitored ‘spray and pray’ […]

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Budget 2016: Improving water quality – Expert reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on May 26th, 2016.

The national budget announced today introduces a new Freshwater Improvement Fund valued at $100 million.  Over the next 10 years the fund will support initiatives to clean up New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and aquifers. The SMC collected the following commentary. Dr. Marc Schallenberg, Department of Zoology, University of Otago and President of the New Zealand […]

Dominion Post: Government efforts on water “shallow”

Peter Griffin posted in on July 11th, 2014.

In its Wednesday editorial, the Dominion Post tackles the issue of freshwater quality in New Zealand, and last week’s release of the Government’s compulsory minimum standards for freshwater ways. “The Government still isn’t serious about cleaning them up,” the editorial concludes.   An excerpt: (read in full here) Unfortunately, the bottom lines are too timid. […]

Freshwater national standards set – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 3rd, 2014.

New standards for freshwater announced today for the first time set quantitative limits for water quality. Incorporating the national “bottom lines” for water quality put forward for consultation last year, the new standards will take effect from 1 August 2014, with a deadline for implementation by regional councils moved forward to 2025. A high-level summary including infographics on freshwater quantity […]

Colin James on evidence-based policy

John Kerr posted in on May 30th, 2011.

Writing his final column for the  Dominion Post, Colin James examines some recent and upcoming situations that highlight a potential shift in government away from “kick-and-punch personality politics” and towards policy with a more scientific basis. An excerpt (read in full here): Science or old politics: a test for John Key On Wednesday, two reports […]

Dairying and Clean Streams report highlights increasing pollution

Peter Griffin posted in on March 18th, 2010.

Agriculture Minister David Carter today sharply criticised dairy farmers who are failing to meet agreed targets for controlling pollution. His statement comes on the back of a report on progress under the Dairying and Clean Streams Accord issued today by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF). “The data from this year’s snapshot tells a […]

Dom Post: Industries join waterway pollution debate

Peter Griffin posted in on February 2nd, 2010.

Michael Forbes of the Dominion Post writes that some of NZ’s largest industries will be getting involved in a debate over the amount of pollution that should end up in central North Island waterways. The “One Plan” hearings will end in a comprehensive scheme for the Manawatu-Whanganui region and the management of its natural resources, […]

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