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We produce a range of articles, legal publications and resources on a wide range of legal subjects and hot topics critical to our clients needs. These include briefings on key legal issues, newsletters on practice areas and industry developments via the below headings.

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The Ministry for the Environment released a discussion document on 16 July 2019, with policies building on the Interim Climate Change Committee’s ( ICCC ) recommendations for agricultural emissions (see here ). The Government’s preferred approach is that emissions are priced through the More »
Recap: Forestry planted after 1 January 1990 on land that was previously not in forest is eligible to be registered as post-1989 forest and to receive carbon credits (New Zealand Units or NZUs) for each year of growth and the carbon stored. It potentially offers a financial incentive to More »
Earlier this month, the Christchurch High Court released two decisions resolving the five remaining appeals against the decision of Canterbury Regional Council ( ECan ) on Plan Change 5 ( PC5 ) to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan ( LWRP ). Four appeals lodged by Barrhill Chertsey More »
Glyphosate-based products, including Roundup, have been the subject of intense scrutiny recently, both in the United States and the European Union. Media, pressure groups and regulatory bodies have all been engaged in a sometimes heated discussion around how the herbicide is regulated, amid calls More »
When Stadium Southland’s roof collapsed following heavy snowfall in 2010, the finger was pointed squarely at the Invercargill City Council (Council). How could such an event occur under the watchful eye of local council, given the regulatory functions they are required to perform under the More »
The Ministry for the Environment has recently introduced the Draft National Planning Standards, which are open for comment until Friday 17 August 2018. This article outlines the general purpose of the Standards, and some issues we have identified which may undermine considerable concessions which More »
The results of the Environment Canterbury monitoring programme at Yaldhurst have been released, in a report made available on Friday 22 June. The report focussed on dust which could have adverse health effects, in particular respirable crystalline silica dust ( RCS ). The report concluded that More »
The development of Alternative Environmental Justice (AEJ) has been driven by Environment Canterbury’s Monitoring and Compliance Section. Largely to fill a gap in the toolbox where the offence requires a stronger response than an infringement notice but perhaps falls short of the threshold More »
In the context of resource consent applications, people often consider themselves to be affected by activities occurring in close proximity to their properties. However, whether a person is “an affected person” under the resource management act is a complex question – there is no More »
Plantation forestry is the third largest primary sector in New Zealand with significant economic and social benefits; however it has the potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment. Currently, forestry related activities are controlled by rules in district and regional plans. More »
Once again the farming community in the Mackenzie Basin is grappling with what impact a new plan change is likely to have on their operations and livelihoods. Immediately prior to Christmas the Mackenzie District Council notified plan change 18 – Indigenous Biodiversity. Plan change 18 More »
The Mackenzie Basin: Opportunities for agency alignment report was released earlier this week. The report comes on the back of the Environment Court’s Eleventh Decision where Judge Jackson opined that there is a strong ecological (and economic) case for an immediate moratorium on freeholding More »
Should the rural zone be predominantly a working environment or is there room to accommodate a growing number of residential lifestylers? Farming is accepted by most as an appropriate use of rural land but other rural activities like gravel and sand extraction are facing considerable opposition More »
There have been several articles in the media recently (see for example here and here ) in relation to ECan’s lack of response to breaches of water take consents. In particular, there is a real focus on the non-compliance of over 500 users (around 9% of all water consents held in Canterbury) More »

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