Today, the Labour party are calling upon the Environment Minister, Nick Smith, to come clean on his plans to take away our right to protect our play areas, the forests we tramp in and the rivers we fish in.
The Government has long planned to take the hatchet to the environmental gold standard that is the Resource Management Act (RMA) and roll back our environmental safeguards to make way for more intensive and polluting dairying and fracking.
And they currently want to keep their plans behind closed doors and away from New Zealanders.
Only recently we saw how the government’s efforts to weaken the RMA would have seen the destruction of a 500 year old kauri tree to make way for a driveway. It was a ludicrous decision that was overturned thanks to a massive public outcry and the Titirang... Read more >