Articles: Environment & Resource Management Law

One Billion Trees - show me the green

8 December 2017

The Labour-NZ First coalition government has committed to planting 1 billion trees over 10 years. That sounds like a massive number, but it is achievable.

There are a few logistical stumbling blocks to get around first, like finding the land and the manpower to plant the trees. But these problems can be overcome if you have enough money to throw at them.


Carbon Credits hit $18. The Fad is Back.

2 July 2016

The price of carbon credits in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme has hit the $18 mark for first time since late 2011. Traders and some foresters well may be licking their lips in anticipation of another cash boost courtesy of this beleaguered government scheme. But is there still money to be made from carbon trading?


Sharemilkers' Responsibilities

6 March 2014

A decision of the Environment Court discussed the difficult position a sharemilker found himself in when working on a farm with an effluent system failure not of his making.


Conservation Related Offending

27 November 2013

The Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Act 2013 may have gone unnoticed when it was passed into legislation, but itcan have serious consequences for offenders.

The aim of the Act

In short, it amends six of the main Acts administered by the Department of Conservation to create what is described as effective deterrence against conservation related offending.


Warning! Farm Owner Liability

15 July 2013

A Taranaki farm owner appealed to the High Court against his conviction and sentence on charges laid in relation to the discharge of dairy effluent.

The farm owner argued on appeal that he had put his employed sharemilker in charge of the effluent disposal system on the farm, and as no problem had been brought to his attention, then his sharemilker was responsible for the offending and not him.