Articles: Environment & Resource Management Law

National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

27 July 2018

The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) set out national regulations to manage the environmental effects of forestry.

The National Environmental Standards (NES) are regulations made under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) which:

  • Set out the technical standards, methods or requirements in relation to matters under the RMA; and
  • Provides nationwide consistent rules by setting planning requirements for certain specified activities.

The effect of NES is that it prevails/trumps both district and regional plan rule except in situations where the NES-PF specifically allows more stringent plan rules.


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.