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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 09:27

The Green Party is glad to finally see the rollout of cameras on selected fishing boats but believes it needs to be scaled-up fast.

“We need cameras on all fishing boats as soon as possible to help stamp out illegal practices and protect our fisheries for future generations” says Green Party spokesperson for Fisheries, Gareth Hughes. 

“The rollout in its current form is too generous with taxpayer’s money, too narrow and too slow.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 17:30

The Government is going the extra mile backing the Sustainable Business Network’s Million Metres Streams’ project with a $200,000 funding boost, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

“I am excited to be able to announce this funding from the Community Environment Fund for the Million Metres project in time for this year’s autumn planting season.

“The Million Metres project aims to improve water quality by restoring native vegetation along more than 500 kms of New Zealand’s waterways which makes up more than 1 million metres.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 17:04

Government Ministers Damien O’Connor and Eugenie Sage are visiting the West Coast to see how flood recovery work is going and hear views of the local community.

Rural Communities Minister and MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor said good progress was being made in a number of areas and he and Eugenie Sage wanted to see what else needed to be done.

“I understand services are being returned and work is underway to restore access. This morning I have been informed that:

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 10:00

New Government funding will bring together landholders, iwi and hapū, and others in the wider community to improve stream health in the Waikawa catchment, in the Manawatu-Wanganui region.

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced that a $170,000 grant from Government’s Community Environment Fund would contribute to the Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project. Others are contributing $90,000 - Horizons Regional Council ($45,000), Landcare Trust New Zealand ($30,000) and landholders ($15,000).

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 08:50

A Colmar Brunton survey released today clearly shows New Zealanders’ growing concerns about climate change, pollution and waste, says Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“The results of the Colmar Brunton survey confirm that we’re on the right track with our plan for a smarter, cleaner, low-emissions New Zealand.

“The increased concerns from New Zealanders about climate change, plastic waste, and water quality certainly don’t surprise me.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 10:17

Regulations for mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags to be in force from 1 July 2019.

Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage has today confirmed retailers will no longer be able to sell or give away single-use plastic shopping bags from 1 July 2019, after Cabinet agreed to the proposed regulations for a mandatory nationwide phase out of these bags.

“Plastic shopping bags are a hazard for nature, particularly marine wildlife. They can also introduce harmful microplastics into the food chain,” said Eugenie Sage.

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 10:29

A new report out today shows that the Government is on the right track to tackle our waste problem, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says.

The Sustainable Business Network today released its report - New Zealand’s Plastic Packaging System 2018 An Initial Circular Economy Diagnosis.

“SBN’s report is an excellent addition to the public discussion and growing awareness of New Zealand’s waste challenges,” Eugenie Sage said.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 07:11

Six month phase-out period
Applies to all plastic shopping bags under 70 microns
All retailers to comply

Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage today confirmed the mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags in New Zealand, to come into effect around the middle of next year.

This announcement follows a five week public consultation process, where 92 per cent of submitters supported the proposed mandatory phase out.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 09:00

Conservation and Associate Environment Minister, Eugenie Sage leaves today to attend events in the United Kingdom before travelling to Egypt for a key international biodiversity meeting.

Eugenie Sage will spend two days in England during which she will meet Dr Thérèse Coffey, MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 14:00

New Zealand has joined an international pledge to cut plastic wastes from our economy and environment, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

“The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment sees the countries involved commit to a ‘circular economy’ approach to plastics, preventing them from becoming waste and ensuring they don’t end up in the environment,” Eugenie Sage said.