This article examines the ways in which key environmental policies have been made in the past, and reflects on the present state of play with respect to these policies. The article draws on my experience with the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) since 1978 and the reflections are personal ones. The issues covered are: government agencies; climate change; oceans; freshwater; and resource management law. The objective of this discussion is to see if the past illuminates the present in any useful way.
Gary Taylor is the chairman of the Environmental Defence Society, with which he has been involved since the late 1970s. He is an environmental policy analyst and has had extensive governance experience as a director of public sector entities in Auckland.