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Written by Gary Taylor, EDS   
Friday, 04 November 2011

EDS Political Seminar

1 November 2011

Participants: Hon Dr Nick Smith, Dr Russel Norman and Hon David Parker Host: Gary Taylor, Chairman, EDS

Letís rattle along to coastal development now. Do you agree that we should be identifying and mapping nationally significant coastal environments or landscapes at a national level rather than leaving it up to local authorities who in our considered opinion using the technical terminology, tend to stuff it up?

We completed the new National Policy Statement on coastal management last November and I think it is a step forward on the old 1994 version. The questions about resourcing and whether you want to go another stage again. Iím unconvinced at this point relative to other priorities like an NPS on biodiversity.

I think the new statement is progress and that we should try and make that work.

I think geographical mapping would help a lot so just identifying the areas on a map. I think it would help a lot. The draft Auckland plan is some progress but we actually need to have in place again I would call them bottom lines where we say you canít get a private plan change to go into Te Arai Beach or wherever and rip it up. Actually we draw a circle and say no, you canít go and do a development in there, thatís that. Itís over, itís protected.

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