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Critics want a dental check on proposed EPA

Critics want a dental check on proposed EPA
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - The Government's new environmental protection agency (EPA) -- which will take over the nation's genetic-engineering regulator and be expected to protect our oceans from seabed mining catastrophes -- may turn out to be a toothless tiger, critics say.

New environment agency to help protect against NZ oil spill

New environment agency to help protect against NZ oil spill
By NZPA reporters Wellington, June 3 NZPA - The Government's new environmental protection agency (EPA) will help protect New Zealand's ocean from catastrophes similar to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.

Govt looks to safeguard sea zone

Govt looks to safeguard sea zone
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - The Government is looking to beef up its protection of New Zealand's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

EPA won't get much in the budget, Labour says

EPA won't get much in the budget, Labour says
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - There will be little or no money in tomorrow's budget for the Government's new Environmental Protection Agency, Labour says.

Plans for ECan started before election - papers

Plans for ECan started before election - papers
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - Planning for an inquiry into Canterbury's water problems began before the last election and officials told the previous government the problems could be more important for the economy than Auckland's governance issues, Cabinet papers show.

Govt Asks Businesses About Allocating Units Under ETS

Govt Asks Businesses About Allocating Units Under ETS
Wellington, Dec 11 NZPA - A consultation document on allocating emission units to industry under the emissions trading scheme (ETS) was released by Climate Change Minister Nick Smith today.

Carbon Emissions Still Going Up, Just Not As Fast Under The ETS

Carbon Emissions Still Going Up, Just Not As Fast Under The ETS
Wellington, Nov 26 NZPA - Ministry for the Environment officials say greenhouse gas emissions under the Government's new emissions trading scheme (ETS) will continue rising -- though a little slower than if there were no ETS in place.

Urban Air, Biodiversity Top Priorities For Sustainability:NZIER

Urban Air, Biodiversity Top Priorities For Sustainability:NZIER
Wellington, Nov 3 NZPA - An economic think tank wants to see more emphasis on urban air quality and protecting biodiversity, while saying waste and greenhouse gas reduction has been rated too highly.

Some Large Pay Increases For Civil Servants Ahead Of Recession

Some Large Pay Increases For Civil Servants Ahead Of Recession
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Oct 15 NZPA - Most top public servants received substantial pay rises ahead of the world recession bringing down a veil of austerity, State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie said today.

Contact Energy Gains Delay To Wind Farm Hearing

Contact Energy Gains Delay To Wind Farm Hearing
Wellington, May 25 NZPA - Contact Energy has succeeded in its bid for a 12-month delay to hearings into its proposed 180-turbine wind farm near Raglan in Waikato.

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