Environmental / Resource Management

Consent Declined! The Issue of Retrospective Building Consents

Created: Thursday, 09 June 2011 01:45

In Environment Waikato v Sutherland the District Court has overturned a determination by the Chief Executive of the Department of Building and Housing (Chief Executive) and confirmed that retrospective building consents are not available under the Building Act 2004 (BA'04) (nor the former Building Act 1991 (BA'91)).

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Freedom Interrupted

Created: Saturday, 21 May 2011 01:48

The Government hopes that the Freedom Camping Bill (Bill) introduced to Parliament on 18 May 2011 will make inroads in dealing with the growing problem of freedom campers.

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NPS For Freshwater Management 2011

Created: Thursday, 19 May 2011 01:51

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 (NPS) was announced recently and will take effect from 1 July 2011. Primarily the NPS makes Regional Councils (RCs) responsible for setting enforceable quality and quantity limits for freshwater water bodies within their regions. The NPS also addresses the allocation, transfer of water take rights and the reduction of over allocation of water bodies.

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Environmental Protection Authority Established

Created: Wednesday, 18 May 2011 01:55

In November 2010 we reported on the establishment of an enlarged Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA Bill has now become law and the Authority is intended to assume some of its environmental regulatory functions from 1 July 2011. This issue provides an update and summary of the EPA's functions.

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Not all Smoke and Mirrors – Amendments to the NES for Air Quality

Created: Wednesday, 04 May 2011 01:57

Changes to Air Quality Standard Address Industry Concerns

The National Environmental Standard for Air Quality was introduced on 8 October 2004 becoming the first set of National Environmental Standards to take effect. However following concerns expressed at the 2009 Jobs Summit that the Standards could impact on New Zealand's industry and employment, the government sought a review.

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NPS for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011

Created: Wednesday, 20 April 2011 02:00

The National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011 (NPS) was announced recently and will take effect from 13 May 2011. The NPS directs consent authorities to recognise renewable electricity generation activities as a matter of national significance, and is intended to assist the Government to meet its target for renewable electricity generation. Given its scope, the NPS will lead to the amendment of a number of planning documents around the country.

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