14 May 2024

New book details New Zealand's biggest environmental battles

From Nine To Noon, 11:30 am on 14 May 2024

For over five decades the Environmental Defence Society has been involved in legal battles to help protect New Zealand's unique natural assets.

The organisation's history has been captured in a new book by Raewyn Peart, who has herself been part of the organisation for over 20 years. Environmental Defenders looks at how the EDS was set up in the 1970s - a time of big project development, heavy government regulation and little environment law protection.

From raw sewage pumped into the Waikato, deadly chemical production in Taranaki and a second aluminium smelter planned for Dunedin - to later battles over protecting Te Mata Peak, the MacKenzie Basin and the Tukituki River - a dedicated group of people have marshalled the law to help protect the environment. Raewyn joins Kathryn to talk about the organisation's history and her place in it.

Photo of Raewyn Peart and her book Environmental Defenders.

Photo: Supplied: Bateman Books