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Dripfeeding water reform

The Government appears to be inching towards a trading system to allocate water rights. The first hints of this came from Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce speaking to National Party members in Auc…
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Bennett gets serious about climate change

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett is proposing to refer questions about the economics of climate change to the Productivity Commission. Facing criticism from the Environment Comissioner that the Governm…
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Fighting for the right to be a busybody

Wellington’s Waterfront Watch is precisely the sort of organisation that many critics of the Resource Management Act believe should have its wings clipped. The organisation proudly claims to have used the…
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Minister admits sea level problem

A Government Minister has finally admitted that New Zealand faces a direct economic threat from rising sea levels. Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett told Parliament yesterday that she did not believe Co…
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