Help Save Okura

The battle to protect land surrounding the Okura Estuary from urbanisation has been a thirty-year struggle by successive councils and community groups. Two exhaustive Environment Court hearings have seen the requests of developers rejected.  Just last year an almost unanimous vote by Auckland Councillors also rejected the latest developer’s urbanisation plan. The developer, however, appealed this decision, so Long Bay –… Continue reading Help Save Okura

Climate policy goals – international/national focus

New Zealand’s Environmental Commissioner, Dr Jan Wright, warns that climate change is the ‘most serious environmental issue’ we face. ‘It will impact on the health of our sea, land, and freshwater, our unique and precious biodiversity and our economy.’ A paper published by the Department of Conservation (DOC) on the ‘Potential Effects of Climate Change on… Continue reading Climate policy goals – international/national focus

Restoration Networks Take Off

One of the really positive initiatives on the North Shore in recent years has been the development of five restoration networks. These networks bring together groups carrying out similar work in reserves and on private land. Generally, the groups focus on reducing invasive weeds and predators, improving tracks and providing interpretation signage. Some are accepting… Continue reading Restoration Networks Take Off