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Articles - Environmental Planning
Written by Gary Taylor and Nick Smith, EDS   
Friday, 31 October 2008

Auckland, 30 October 2008

The Environmental Defence Society and the Climate Change and Business Centre held a conversation between Gary Taylor, Chairman of the EDS and the Centre, and Hon Dr Nick Smith, National Spokesperson on Environment, Conservation and Climate Change.

The seminar explored, in an in-depth, one-on-one discussion format, National's plans for the environment, for conservation and for climate change. It examined, inter alia, proposed changes to the Resource Management Act, the emissions trading scheme and National's intentions with respect to institutional reform. The discussion included audience participation.

The full recording - 1 hour and 23 minutes (14.3MB)

Cutting to the chase - 32 seconds of audio, starting at about the 68-minute mark in the full recording (500KB)

An edited and abridged transcipt of the seminar is available - Nick Smith Seminar (179K).

Extract:

Nick Smith: ...I’ll be quite open about the fact that National is not of a view that the government has to own everything for it to be protected.

Gary Taylor: What about the Ngunguru Sandspit?

Nick Smith: I don’t have specific view. I have been there and had a look. It would be nice to have. I enjoyed my last time as Minister of Conservation, it was good fun when the money was in the till and I could go round and buy some things under pressure from people like yourself and Gerry McSweeney [president of the Royal Forest & Bird Society]. When times are tough the capacity to do that is a lot more limited. Do I think there should be a separate fund? I’m not sure. My view is the natural heritage fund, the hard business of government is that you actually do have to work out the trade offs as to the wetlands versus the high country versus the coast and I’m not sure that by separating it off into separate little funds is necessarily the more efficient or ultimately removes the trade offs. (pp. 19-20)

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