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
Forest & Bird (F&B) recently withdrew from the Land & Water Forum (LWF) after 9 years hard slog working with all sectors, including the polluters, to try to improve the ecological health of our rivers. The need is clear – our freshwater fish are in steep decline and many of our rivers are unsafe to… Continue reading What’s up with our water?
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
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
I grew up in Havelock North, a place we called “the village”, a special little town nestled into the Te Mata peak foothills with an abundance of trees, green space, and a small river. It’s still a great place to grow up. Earlier this year more than 5000 people in Havelock North developed gastroenteritis, a… Continue reading Water
I recently enjoyed the Environmental Defence Society conference in Auckland. One of the most disturbing talks was by Dr Susan Walker (Research Program Leader, Landcare Research), on the rapid deterioration in the Mackenzie Country. It had been some years since I last travelled through the area but I have just returned from seeing it for… Continue reading Dramatic Change in the Mackenzie Country
The 2015 Climate conference in Paris generated pledges to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. Can we do enough at the local level to achieve that goal? The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These cities comprise 500 million people and account… Continue reading Climate Change and Mitigation – Low Carbon Auckland