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‘Un-Terminating’ the Smelter, and Unlocking a Manapouri New Deal

Rio Tinto’s latest threat to close its smelter came with the news that it had terminated its power supply contract – something that had “never been done before”. However the …
16 July 2020|Topics:

New Scientist: How should we control the power to genetically eliminate a species?

The power to re-engineer or eliminate wild species using a “gene drive” needs to be brought under international governance, say Simon Terry and Stephanie Howard Commentary, New Scientist. Thanks to a form of genetic …
12 October 2018|Topics: , , , ,

TPP Backers Have Questions to Answer

This opinion piece by Simon Terry appeared in the New Zealand Herald on February 24 2015 ExportNZ’s Dialogue article in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks failed …
26 February 2015|Topics:

Pressure Mounting on NZ for Real Emissions Reductions

After many years focused on creative accounting, New Zealand is facing pressure to deliver emission reduction results. Things are different partly because the two biggest carbon polluters, the US and …

High Court Ruling a Win for NZ Food Inc

Stephanie Howard is Projects Director at the Sustainability Council This opinion piece appeared in Farmers Weekly, June 16 2014 In a competitive global marketplace, successful agricultural …
11 July 2014|Topics: , , ,

Is the EPA a Reliable Guardian of the Environment?

A spectacular fail by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) raises serious questions about its reliability as a guardian of the environment. At issue was the EPA’s decision to allow GMOs …
6 June 2014|Topics: , ,

Do Costs from the TPP Outweigh Gains?

Opinion Article, Dominion Post By Simon Terry, Executive Director, Sustainability Council The Trans-Pacific Partnership covers a lot of non-trade matters, so why is there a reluctance to discuss the overall balance …
14 February 2014|Topics:

Right to Sue Under Trade Deal is Pernicious and Unnecessary

Some things should not be traded.  When it comes to deals about trade, governments should not give foreign investors the right to sue them in offshore tribunals. Yet the US …
11 December 2013|Topics:

New GM Foods Designed to Escape Regulation

A new generation of genetically modified (GM) foods is in the pipeline and if developers get their way, they won’t be labelled. In fact, they won’t be regulated at …
6 November 2013|Topics: , , ,