Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

Our native forests and the creatures that live in them are in retreat, says the PCE; commerce is a lesser evil than rats, stoats and possums. Barbeque sacred cows, says DOC. Just uphold the law, says Green MP Kevin Hague

Joe Harawira says Maori honour the natural world, for its mauri, mana, and tapu. So, he says, do the Federated Mountain Clubs, whose conference he is addressing -- although many of the delegates are silver-haired and white, and few raise their hands, when he asks who understood the karakia.

Environment Minister Nick Smith has finally confirmed that New Zealand will have environment protection law covering our massive offshore exclusive economic zone next year – but deepwater drilling will start before it’s in place.

Nick Smith plans to introduce his Exclusive Economic Zone and Extended Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill to Parliament next month, and says it will come into effect

In which expert advisory work from the PCE illustrates why the ETS in its present form risks a massive lignite subsidy, and Tim Groser — quite rightly — observes that this would be “ridiculous” and “incoherent”

December brought more proof the emissions trading scheme is broken, in the opinion of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment; also, some interesting remarks from Climate Change Negotiations Minister Tim Groser who, presumably unintentionally, expressed the same view.

Farmers and conservationists agree, the Mackenzie must be saved. In simple terms, the question is: should it stay brown, or turn green? Farmer Richard Peacocke and Forest & Bird discuss

Richard Peacocke is becoming a familiar face.

In which, after two months chasing High Country Ministers and their officials round in a circle, I realise they’re telling me something after all

Having run around government agencies for nil result, and ended up about back where I started, I’m afraid that this circumlocution is officials’ own special way of describing a big fat ‘zero’.