A new report condemns the system for failing to protect our landscapes and calls for more direction from central government. The Environmental Defence Society's just released Synthesis Report argues national and local policy is disjointed and fragmented, with protection of nationally important landscapes often left to small councils.
The report presents case studies on the Mackenzie Basin, Banks Peninsula, the Waitākere Ranges and the Hauraki Gulf Islands, showing pressures on our landscapes have increased in the last 20 years, with many in decline. A fifth case study explores tourism's effect on landscape degradation. The report also includes a review of case law and investigates the application of a te ao Māori approach to landscape. Kathryn speaks with Policy Director at the Environmental Defence Society and report author Raewyn Peart.