Overhauls vs. Swaps, and bringing Net Benefit further into the conservation spotlight

Currently, most of the nation’s environmental minds are weighing the positives and negatives of the National Party’s proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. Debate swings between reforming the existing versus re-writing entire legislation. About the only common thread among the increasingly anti-proposal voices is that the RMA, as it stands, is not working for […]

Better Biodiversity planning paves the way for better Biodiversity Offsets

Even for the most avid, District Planning and council updates can be pretty dry. So try to hold on to your seat for this one… But this Thursday evening The New Plymouth District Council were told that they needed to improve the way biodiversity was identified and accounted for in their District Plan. Luckily, they’re […]

Waterways before Waitangi Day – conservation in our agricultural land

One of the curious and beautiful things about doing business in New Zealand is that every year nothing really happens before Waitangi Day. Just ask an Auckland-er on Auckland anniversary weekend, or Christchurch-ite driving past abandoned Fulton Hogan road works. And so here we are, the first week of February, and I am pondering what […]

Update on New Zealand’s Biodiversity Offsets – from the latest Invercargill Workshop

I last wrote about New Zealand’s offsetting market in 2012. Three years later, I’ve come back to a planning workshop led by two of New Zealand’s experts on biodiversity offsetting policy and implementation: Dr. Marie Brown, and Dr. Graham Ussher. I’m keen to know what’s happened recently, and where trends might be headed. Since commencing […]