Tagged: legislation

Activist confusion at fluoridation bill hearing (and coffee) - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 24, 2017

I have been in Wellington for the Parliamentary select committee hearings on fluoridation. Well, that was the excuse – I was really there to catch up with my family (always a joy and am amazed at how tall my grandson has become) and to enjoy the great food in Wellington cafes. Havana Coffee Works in Tory Street, Wellington. Great coffee … Read More

‘Smart robots’ and the law - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 22, 2017

By Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan, Director of the New Zealand Law Foundation Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies, University of Otago The European Parliament’s Draft Report on Robotics has certainly captured the public imagination, and it’s easy to see why. Proposals about ‘smart robots,’ ‘robot killswitches’ and ‘electronic persons’ perfectly capture the zeitgeist, where talk of … Read More

Water fluoridation – what to expect in the near future - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 21, 2017

Community water fluoridation (CWF) will persist in science news for the foreseeable future – not for any valid scientific reason but because of reaction to political pressures against it. This is particularly so in New Zealand where our parliament will be discussing legislative changes to fluoridation decision-making this year. This is not to say that all the relevant news will be … Read More

Proposed changes to GMO regulation leave major problems unaddressed - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 05, 2015

This article was written without being aware of two important context documents. I would strongly encourage readers to read this article first so that they are aware of the proper context for this discussion. Last week the Minister for the Environment announced a proposal to change part of New Zealand’s legislation controlling the use of … Read More

The Department of Conservation’s role in water governance - Waiology

Waiology Mar 08, 2013

By Rosemary Miller The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) vision is to foster a healthy, functioning environment today and for future generations. This includes New Zealand freshwaters. So where does DOC fit into the overall picture of water governance in New Zealand? Firstly, DOC has specific freshwater functions as set out in the Conservation Act Legislation: To preserve … Read More

Cat-harsis – solutions aplenty and possible - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jan 29, 2013

  Indoor cats and cat runs, like the one illustrated, are more common in other countries but also possible in New Zealand. Indoor cats live longer healthier lives and cannot kill native wildlfe. I began writing about solutions to the cat problem by suggesting conservationists appeal to cat owners’ self-interest and the health and well-being of cats … Read More