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Ten asks from the Government to enable progress on Recloaking Papatūānuku

July 12, 2024

In their recently released climate strategy, the Government signalled their support of Nature-based Solutions (NbS). While the Government is keen to see the private sector design and implement Nature-based solutions, ultimately we need the Government to act as a key enabling and implementing partner to deliver a programme like Recloaking Papatūānuku at the scale and with the urgency needed.

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Climate Change Commission Consultations Submission

June 14, 2024

Pure Advantage recently submitted on the Climate Change Commission’s review of New Zealand’s 2050 emissions reduction target, including whether aviation and shipping emissions should be included, and recommendations on New Zealand’s fourth emissions budget.

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Fast Track Approvals Bill

May 14, 2024

Let’s call it “Fast Trash” an undemocratic and environmentally destructive approach to the consenting of infrastructure and development projects will materially undermine New Zealand’s international reputation and credibility in both respects. The Bill should be withdrawn.

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An obscure climate accounting decision with billion-dollar consequences

May 08, 2024

In a London meeting room recently, the International Accounting Standards Board decided that corporate climate targets are not just about sustainability: they can create direct financial consequences for companies’ balance sheets

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We deserve a native forestry future.

April 21, 2024

Discover the urgent call for a native forestry future in New Zealand, as professional foresters Adrian Loo and Sheridan Ashford advocate for sustainable practices and climate action. Explore their vision for resilient ecosystems and the vital role of indigenous forests in shaping a greener legacy for generations to come.

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Climate change and personal responsibility.

April 14, 2024

Explore the urgent call for personal responsibility in combating climate change along with the reflections of Emeritus professor David Norton as he confronts the realities of our collective inaction and offers insights on potential paths forward.

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Open letter in support of the right to a sustainable environment.

April 08, 2024

Pure Advantage and 16 other organisations have asked government for support in the vote for the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment to be introduced into the NZ Bill of Rights Act.

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Finding [head]space and time for 2 Mha more native forest.

April 07, 2024

Paul Quinlan, a landscape architect based in Te Tai Tokerau, a key member of the Northland Tōtara Working Group and a trustee of Tāne’s Tree Trust, gives his views on what interwoven land use really means, and how it looks, and how it will work for Recloaking Papatūānuku.

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Protect and restore – both approaches are required for NZ indigenous forests.

March 04, 2024

Taking personal action on climate change is one of the best defences against a sense of despair and provide hope for the people of Aotearoa, writes Dr Fiona Carswell, GM Science at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.

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Tackling two crises with one Nature-based Solution.

February 25, 2024

Bradley Case, Hannah Buckley, and Sarah Bürli, ecologists at the Auckland University of Technology, write about addressing the biodiversity crisis with a Nature-based Solution to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Keynote address at the 26th Annual Bluegreens Forum. 

February 23, 2024

Pure Advantage were privileged to be involved in the 26th Annual BlueGreens Forum on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, presenting the Recloaking Papatūānuku as the keynote evening address.

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The Pure Advantage of native forests.

February 15, 2024

With successive waves of human settlement, the area of native forests has contracted to the extent that mature native forests now only occupy 24% of the land area of Aotearoa. Emeritus Prof. David Norton writes on our unique and incredibly precious native forests.

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Environmental groups say government’s plans breach free trade agreement.

February 15, 2024

A coalition of environment groups says New Zealand is breaching its free trade deal with the United Kingdom by rolling back environmental laws.

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Recloaking Papatūānuku presented to the world at COP28.

December 08, 2023

New Zealand’s climate and biodiversity solution, Recloaking Papatūānuku global launch at COP28 with Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, Greens Co-Leader James Shaw.

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Will New Zealand be laughed at or celebrated at COP28?

November 29, 2023

Founding trustee, Phillip Mills, shares his thoughts on how New Zealand can avoid being awarded “fossil” awards at future COPs.

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Recloaking Papatūānuku: The largest Nature-based Solution for Aotearoa NZ.

November 27, 2023

Pure Advantage released a report on Recloaking Papatūānuku developed by McKinsey & Company and a collective of experts. The initiative is being presented to the world at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai in December.

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Submission on a Biodiversity Credit System for Aotearoa New Zealand.

November 02, 2023

Indigenous biodiversity in Aotearoa New Zealand is in a dire state. Pure Advantage have made a joint submission with the EDS and WWF-NZ on a Biodiversity Credit System for NZ.

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Why indigenous reforestation is a Treaty right – and the right thing to do.

October 24, 2023

Māori need the Government to urgently make better policy that will value native reforestation. Manu Caddie explains why it is the right thing to do.

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NZ is currently on track for catastrophic runaway climate change.

October 09, 2023

Emertius Prof. David Norton and co-chair of Future Farmers NZ Finn Ross lay out four key areas the next government must urgently address if we’re to have any hope of tackling the climate crisis – this is their call to arms.

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Seizing the moment for New Zealand’s native forests.

October 04, 2023

Climate delay and climate defeatism are just the latest manifestations of out-and-out climate denial, and they’re both morally reprehensible, writes Sir Jonathon Porritt.

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‘A great victory for people power’ – Mana Taiao Tairāwhiti

October 03, 2023

New rules for exotic tree plantations released yesterday, have been welcomed by Mana Taiao Tairāwhiti, the group responsible for the Government commissioning a Ministerial inquiry into land use in Tairāwhiti.

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Project aims to re-plant two million hectares of native forest.

October 03, 2023

Pure Advantage chairperson Rob Morrison discussed the broadstokes rationale and ambition for Recloaking Papatūānuku with RNZ’s climate change correspondent Eloise Gibson.

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Geoff Ross: Climate change – enough with the excuses.

September 09, 2023

New Zealand’s response to climate change needs to shift from “Yeah but…” to “We are…”, writes Geoff Ross.

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Submission on redesigning the NZ ETS permanent forest category.

August 14, 2023

Pure Advantage, the Environmental Defence Society & WWF have filed a joint submission to strengthen ETS incentives for indigenous forests.

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Submission on the review of the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme.

August 14, 2023

Pure Advantage, the Environmental Defence Society & WWF have filed a joint submission to urge Government to accelerate gross emissions reductions in Aotearoa.

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The planet is on fire. Are the Chrises not listening?

July 31, 2023

Will ‘bread and butter’ solutions or a Ministry of Hunting and Fishing help save our children’s future?

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Is the ETS really working for the planet?

July 16, 2023

Dame Anne Salmond argues the risks for NZ are too high to not fix our climate forestry policies now.

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Exotic tree crops established for carbon credits ‘morally corrupt’.

June 26, 2023

There is no evidence exotic tree monocultures will continue to sequester CO2 at high rates beyond the first few decades of their life and Papatūānuku continues to suffer.

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Is the ETS an environmental ponzi scheme?

April 30, 2023

Treasury needs to conduct a value chain analysis of forestry companies & ETS to ensure international sustainability standards are met, writes Dame Anne Salmond.

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Submission to the Ministerial Inquiry into Land Use in Tairāwhiti.

April 08, 2023

Pure Advantage & Environmental Defence Society have filed a joint submission and have called for sweeping changes to the regulations governing plantation forestry.

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Greenwashing and the forestry industry in NZ.

March 26, 2023

The inquiry into forestry slash destruction in Tairāwhiti, and review of the Emissions Trading Scheme, should prioritise the state of the planet not the balance sheets of global corporations.

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Right Tree. Right Place. Right Purpose.

March 23, 2023

Prof. David Norton on the Factum-Agri podcast says aspects of carbon farming with exotics are “ecologically fraudulent” and “parts of the ETS are flawed”.

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Slash inquiry: Pure Advantage calls for pause on pine incentives.

February 22, 2023

Pure Advantage wants an immediate pause to all Government incentives for planting exotic trees like pinus radiata during its inquiry into slash.

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It is now time to invest in natives.

February 21, 2023

During Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle the poor management of exotic plantations – primarily pine – has again led to extensive damage in Tairāwhiti.

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Time for stronger forestry regulations to control pollution.

January 31, 2023

Forestry practices need updating to meet acceptable environmental bottom lines. The cycle of environmental damage caused by plantation forestry operations must stop.

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New Zealand’s fatally flawed climate change strategy.

January 23, 2023

New Zealand urgently needs a sustainable carbon strategy focused on native forests to provide long-term carbon sequestration without the need to buy dubious offshore offsets.

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Geoff Ross on The Country Show.

January 17, 2023

Geoff Ross, The Lake Hawea Station owner  & Pure Advantage trustee, speaks on farming life, climate change and why Pure Advantage is calling for an urgent inquiry into the management of exotic plantations.

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Pure Advantage calls for inquiry into the management of exotic plantations.

January 16, 2023

Poor forestry management practices again lead to extensive damage in Tairāwhiti and a ministerial inquiry is long overdue.

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Fresh water is beyond ‘entrenchment’.

November 29, 2022

There should be no need for a flawed legal device attempting to ‘entrench’ our freshwater assets from possible privatisation – the waters are the life blood of the land, beyond ownership.

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Tighter controls on forestry urgently needed.

November 10, 2022

Pure Advantage and EDS have joined forces to draft a submission on the review of the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry, seeking significant tightening of the rules governing exotic forest management in Aotearoa.

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