This week massive seabed mining was approved off the Taranaki coast.
Former environmental lawyer Dale Scott believes the potentially flawed application of the law will have significant consequences for all of New Zealand.
At every level, environmental issues raise the most pressing questions of who gets the benefit and who carries the cost. In every environmental issue you will find competing interests and competing values, whether those interests and values are explicit or not and whether they can be quantified in a generally accepted way or not. They are intensely inherently political – David Lange.
Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, most of us would be hard pressed to disagree with Lange’s appraisal of how intensely difficult it is to decide which commercial uses of the environment we should allow.