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Housing better use of land than cattle grazing

Published By   /  March 24, 2017  /  24/7 News, Building and Construction, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Housing better use of land than cattle grazing

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Housing better use of land than cattle grazing The housing development at Point England is the sort of pragmatic response needed to overcome Auckland’s housing problems, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “The Point England housing development will provide 300 more families with […]

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OECD environment report welcomed

Published By   /  March 21, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on OECD environment report welcomed

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: OECD environment report welcomed The Government has welcomed today’s release of the OECD 2017 Environment Performance Review, saying it highlights New Zealand’s green credentials and the strong progress we have made over the past decade, as well as the challenges we need to address, Environment […]

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Minister welcomes first landlord conviction under new law

Published By   /  March 17, 2017  /  24/7 News, Building and Construction, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Minister welcomes first landlord conviction under new law

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Minister welcomes first landlord conviction under new law Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith has welcomed the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team’s first successful prosecution of a landlord for renting a substandard property, under the Government’s tenancy […]

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Rallying for clean water

Published By   /  March 17, 2017  /  24/7 News, clean rivers, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, Nick Smith, Opposition News, Politics, river, rivers, swimmable, swimmable rivers, water  /  Comments Off on Rallying for clean water

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Rallying for clean water This week people all over the country took to the streets to support clean water. There were rallies held from Whangarei to Invercargill. Everywhere people were calling for clean water rather than letting companies export our fresh water without paying for it. The […]

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Bottled water debate misses mark

Published By   /  March 14, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Bottled water debate misses mark

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Bottled water debate misses mark The amount of water exported in bottles is so small that it is irrelevant to the important discussion on better managing New Zealand’s freshwater resources, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “We use a million times more water for irrigation, […]

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RMA reform Bill passes second reading

Published By   /  March 14, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on RMA reform Bill passes second reading

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: RMA reform Bill passes second reading Legislation to improve environmental management, help increase housing supply and affordability, and support jobs and growth has passed its second reading in Parliament 61-59, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill is the largest package […]

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Govt invests in West Coast hazard management

Published By   /  March 10, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Govt invests in West Coast hazard management

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Govt invests in West Coast hazard management Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced that a tender has been awarded to Tonkin and Taylor to assess options for managing flood and earthquake hazards in Franz Josef. “The Franz Josef […]

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New Great Walk through Paparoa approved

Published By   /  March 10, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on New Great Walk through Paparoa approved

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: New Great Walk through Paparoa approved A new Great Walk through the Paparoa National Park to be built as a memorial to the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike Mine tragedy can now proceed with the approval of a new Park Management Plan, […]

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Labour being tricky on housing numbers

Published By   /  March 7, 2017  /  24/7 News, Building and Construction, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Labour being tricky on housing numbers

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Labour being tricky on housing numbers The Labour Party’s claim that “the number of dwellings consented in January was down 5 per cent on where it was in January last year” is just plain wrong, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “January dwelling […]

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Select committee reports back on RMA Bill

Published By   /  March 6, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Select committee reports back on RMA Bill

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Select committee reports back on RMA Bill Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the Local Government and Environment Committee’s report on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. “This legislation improves New Zealand’s environmental management, helps increase the supply and affordability of housing and supports jobs […]

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Parapets, facades to be secured on 38 streets

Published By   /  February 28, 2017  /  24/7 News, Building and Construction, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Parapets, facades to be secured on 38 streets

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Parapets, facades to be secured on 38 streets The 38 streets where building owners need to secure unreinforced masonry (URM) facades and parapets from Hurunui to Wellington within a year have been identified, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “The Kaikōura Earthquake has […]

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1080 regulation standardised

Published By   /  February 26, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on 1080 regulation standardised

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: 1080 regulation standardised New regulations have been approved under the Resource Management Act that provide a national approach to the use of poisons like 1080 and brodifacoum, Environment Dr Nick Smith announced today. “Pests like stoats, rats and possums kill 25 million native birds a […]

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Major new litter initiative announced

Published By   /  February 25, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Major new litter initiative announced

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Major new litter initiative announced A major new campaign to stop people littering aims to change behaviour and to educate people, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Parliamentary Private Secretary Scott Simpson announced today at National’s Bluegreen Forum in Auckland. “Litter is a risk to […]

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Conservation and environment science roadmap announced

Published By   /  February 25, 2017  /  24/7 News, Conservation, Environment, Maggie Barry, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Conservation and environment science roadmap announced

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Conservation and environment science roadmap announced The Government has released its conservation and environment science priorities for the next 20 years in a new Roadmap, Conservation and lead Minister Maggie Barry and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today at the annual Bluegreens Forum. “We […]

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Nick Smith thinks New Zealanders are stupid

Published By   /  February 24, 2017  /  24/7 News, bottled water, clean rivers, clean water, Dirty Rivers, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, Nick Smith, Opposition News, Politics, rivers, swimmable, swimmable rivers, water  /  Comments Off on Nick Smith thinks New Zealanders are stupid

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Nick Smith thinks New Zealanders are stupid Does Nick Smith think New Zealanders are stupid? His dirty rivers spin sure makes it look that way. Just calling the standards for wading and boating “swimmable” is not progress. At 540 Ecoli per 100mL, the new “swimmable’ […]

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Claims of lowered water standards wrong

Published By   /  February 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Claims of lowered water standards wrong

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Claims of lowered water standards wrong Claims by some organisations that the Government’s proposed standards for improving water quality are lower and accept a higher chance of infection are incorrect, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “The 2003 Ministry of Health guideline of not swimming […]

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90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040

Published By   /  February 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040 The Government today announced a target of 90 per cent of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers meeting swimmable water quality standards by 2040, alongside releasing new policy, regulations, information maps and funding to help achieve the new […]

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Listen to the 12,000 names for freshwater

Published By   /  February 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, Blue Greens, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, freshwater management, Green Party, Nick Smith, Opposition News, Politics, swimmable, swimmable rivers, The Issues, water  /  Comments Off on Listen to the 12,000 names for freshwater

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Listen to the 12,000 names for freshwater Yesterday, Hon David Parker and I spoke at the Freshwater Management and Infrastructure Forum at Te Papa. The audience was mainly Council staff, irrigators and fertiliser people. David and I were in agreement that there we must change […]

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Tribunal to consider protection for the Ngaruroro and Clive rivers

Published By   /  February 21, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Tribunal to consider protection for the Ngaruroro and Clive rivers

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Tribunal to consider protection for the Ngaruroro and Clive rivers A special tribunal has been appointed to consider an application for a Water Conservation Order on Hawke’s Bay’s Ngaruroro and Clive rivers, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today. “The tribunal will consider an application […]

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Boards of Inquiry for Auckland roading projects

Published By   /  February 15, 2017  /  24/7 News, Conservation, Environment, Maggie Barry, National-led Government - 2014-2017, New Zealand Government, Nick Smith, Politics, release  /  Comments Off on Boards of Inquiry for Auckland roading projects

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Release/Statement Headline: Boards of Inquiry for Auckland roading projects Boards of Inquiry have been appointed to decide on two significant Auckland roading projects in a move which will get a decision by the end of the year, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry […]

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