Environment, The EPA and the

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Nov 8, 2013 (4 years and 1 day ago)

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The Ministry for the
Environment, The EPA and the
Opportunities for engagement

New Zealand Agricultural Aviation
Association Conference 2010

The Context


The last chapter of a book is meaningless without
the story that precedes it.



The Environment…



Part of our identity



Resources and Tourism
-

$50 Billion

It’s our brand

…but it’s under attack

New Zealand was a friend
to Middle Earth, but it's no
friend of the earth


12 November 2009


Lord

of

the

Rings

country

trades

on

its

natural

beauty,

but

emissions

have

risen

22
%

since

it

signed

up

to

Kyoto


As

the

world

prepares

for

the

next

month,

it

is

worth

checking

out

the

greenwash

that

has

followed

the

promises

made

at

Guardian newspaper UK

The Ministry for the Environment


Established in 1986


Advisor to government on


administration and management of natural and
physical resources and ecosystems (including
allocation)


Public participation in environmental policy and
planning at the local level


Pollution, hazards, and environmental impacts


Resource Management Act, Waste
Minimisation Act, Climate Change Response Act


Role of the Ministry


Not involved in day
-
to
-
day environmental
management, the focus is on:


Laws, regulations and national environmental
standards


Providing national direction through national
policy statements and strategies


Providing guidance for the implementation of
legislation


Monitoring and providing information about the
health of the environment


NZ EPA


Current model


Administers nationally significant RMA consents


NZ EPA
-

a unique model established 2009


NZ EPA


types of projects

New motorways such as
Transmission Gully

New power stations


such as the
Tauhara Stage 2
geothermal plant

EPA


From July 2011


Administration of processes for nationally significant
projects


Emissions trading scheme administration


Hazardous substances & new organisms (ERMA)


Local Councils

Environmental
Protection
Authority

Ministry for
the
Environment

National
level policy

National level
implementation

Local, day
-
to
-
day policy
and implementation

The Opportunities


You have an ability to influence the
regulations that will impact on you



Rules that are inappropriately targeted or
which can not be easily understood mean


More time studying the regulations = less time in
the cockpit = less $$


Compliance and enforcement costs = less $$


Engagement


Levels

“Class G”

Airspace

“Class C”

Airspace

Central Government
Implementation

Central
Government
Policy

Local Government Policy Development

Local Government Plan Submissions

Local Government Implementation

Local Government Compliance and
Enforcement

(Traditional
levels of
engagement)

Restricted
Area

Engaging in policy


Need to talk the same language
-

get a common
understanding


Arriving with a solution will get a more positive
response than arriving with a problem

Permitted baseline

ultra vires, RMA,
section 32, consent
conditions, section
88(3), notification??


CAA Regs, Vne,
indicated airspeed,
VFR, IFR, type
rating, class G
airspace, QNH, dead
reckoning??

Forms of engagement

Level

of
government
directly engaged

Engagement

tool

Level of NZAAA
control over
outputs

Central

Government


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Key Points


It is a time of change for environmental
management


The new EPA is an opportunity, not a threat


Be proactive
-

It is easier to influence policy
before it is written


How you engage with policy makers, and at
what level, is up to you