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

Dramatic Change in the Mackenzie Country

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

Climate Change and Mitigation – Low Carbon Auckland

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