Plenary Session

Town Hall, Christchurch

"Corporatisation and Sustainable Management"

    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) intends this seminar to explore the current and emerging balance between local and central environmental responsibilities.

  • 11 July 1999 - NZ National Party 63RD Annual conference

The State of New Zealand's Environment, which we launched in 1997, warned that our environmental information needed considerable upgrading if the state of the nation's environment is to be accurately described and trends - for better or for worse - properly detected.

    Our job is to put in place the frameworks, through laws and regulations, that will help promote good environmental management. Through the Ministry for the Environment the Government gives advice, develops guidelines and writes case studies that will encourage good practice.

  • 4 June 1999 - Address at the Launch of Auckland City Council's Environment Policy - Auckland City Council
  • There are some genuinely global issues that need to be addressed at the global level - climate change and oceans issues are the prime ones. Global institutions and international dialogue need to be maintained if they are to be addressed.

  • 12 May 1999 - Launch of the Environment Waikato's State of the Environment Report

    "For most developed countries, on-going industrial pollution and the need to clean up a legacy of toxic and hazardous waste are at the top of the agenda."

  • 17 December 1998 - Property Rights/Resource Management Act

    -This fortieth anniversary of the New Zealand Water and Wastes Association gives me cause to reflect on water management in New Zealand. As in so many areas of environmental endeavor, we've made great advances but there's so much more we can do.


  • - 2 March 1998 The Resource Management Act: Pressures and Problems
  • Some criticisms of the RMA lack reality and sophistication others require attention - McShane's brief. The Act enjoys overwhelming support for its focus on environmental protection, but that is not where it ends

  • - 8 December 1997 Statement on Behalf of New Zealand at Kyoto
  • Simon Upton's address to the COP3 at Kyoto: -5% target, emissions trading, forest sinks and an evolution of commitments

  • 28 November 1997 Improving Practise Under the RMA
  • An Ernst and Young survey of businesses confirms a general endorsement of the RMA's intent but that problems remain with its implementation. The statute is all about resolving conflict between private property rights and 'public good', so disputes are bound to arise. But, we can improve the way in which that conflict is handled.

  • - 31 October 1997 Energy Federation: New Zealand's Climate Change Policy

    A speech to the Energy Federation. New Zealand's negotiating position is focused on mechanisms rather than a target at this stage. All greenhouse gases must be counted, there must be emissions trading, and an evolution of commitments to developing countries and forest sinks.

  • - 29 October 1997 Opening Reception for 'Engaging Practices - the Forum for Artists and Museums'

  • - 16 October 1997 Risk Assessment: Perceptions and Science
  • The recent Green Bay Telecom cell phone tower episode highlights increasing risk aversion. Some in the public and media seem to think that 'no risk' is the only acceptable standard, but that is applied very inconsistently and rarely when it conflicts with self interest

  • - 1 October 1997 Launch of the State of New Zealand's Environment
  • The little that we know about the state of our environment is here set in an ecological, historical and cultural context that is awash with facts. The SER has highlighted how little we really know. The development of costly and highly technical indicators should solve that problem in the future. The report is recommended reading

  • 19 September 1997 Climate Change: Addressing the real issues.
  • - Address to Royal Institute of International Affairs The importance of debating mechanisms over targets before the Kyoto negotiations. Importance of emissions trading. Evolution of commitments to developing countries necessary. Comments on the scientific debate

    Strengthening the controls on methyl bromide. Celebrate the achievements of all the parties. Lessons for Kyoto