Compliance and credibility

Online title: Strengthening our last line of defence
7 March 2017

This op-ed article summarises the findings of Environmental Defence Society's recent major report: Last Line of Defence: compliance, monitoring and enforcement of New Zealand's environmental law. The report looks at how environmental laws are enforced in New Zealand and assess the effectiveness of the many responsible central and local agencies.If environmental laws are not enforced they can be broken with impunity. The report identifies some big problems and some areas to be proud of. 


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Marie Brown, 2017, Compliance and credibility, Fairfax New Zealand Limited, Dominion Post, viewed 30 March 2017, <>.

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