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Palmer, Dr Kenneth --- "Foreword" [2005] NZJlEnvLaw 1; (2005) 9 NZJEL v

Last Updated: 12 February 2023


Environmental issues continue to evolve and increase in importance, in par- ticular, where natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, tsunamis, water shortage and desertification impact on human and other ecological survival.

The papers published in this issue of the journal contain a wide spectrum of international and local environmental issues. An initial theme is that of landscape protection and ecosystem preservation, which is considered in the papers by Professor Douglas Fisher, Stephanie Curran and Ana Gabriela Platero Midence. The following papers by Andrew Hayward and Imke Sagamueller consider matters relating to genetic organisms, and the difficult issues as to regulation of new processes. The threat of climate change to world peace is assessed by Francesco Sindico. Kerry Tetzlaff identifies the environmental harm arising from bottom trawling on the high seas and the deficiencies in protection under the law. Dr Ulrich Klein takes an outsider’s view of the effectiveness of the Resource Management Act in New Zealand. Richard Fisher looks at cur- rent issues concerning wind energy. Ceri Warnock identifies the potential for sustainable construction under the Building Act 2004.

The editor wishes to acknowledge the valuable contributions by the respective authors outlined. A special appreciation is accorded to Ceri Warnock for sub-editing the articles. Further appreciation is expressed to Amy Tansell and Mike Wagg for processing the material. The collegial support of the Board of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, and by the academic and general staff of the Law School at the Univerity of Auckland is also acknowledged.

Dr Kenneth Palmer


Faculty of Law University of Auckland December 2005

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