Nick Smith says the deal with Bathurst will see native species on the Denniston Plateau protected, not obliterated.
Conservation groups vow to fight the decision made by Minister Dr Nick Smith today to approve a 106 hectare open-coast coal mine on the South Island's West Coast.
Environment Minister Nick Smith will today make an announcement about the proposed open cast coal mine at Dennison Plateau on the West Coast.
Labour says the housing initiative announced today by Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith isn't nearly enough to solve the overcrowding problem.
Ministers are hailing an agreement on the future Mackenzie Basin reached by interest groups but are not committing to it.
The Government has launched an investigation into the cost of building materials in New Zealand.
Labour and the Greens are scorning the Government's plan for quick-build homes in Auckland and say it won't solve the affordability problem.
Building new housing developments in Auckland will be easier because of a new streamlined planning and consent process, the Auckland Council and the Government say.
A deal to fast-track housing development in Auckland is expected to be announced by the government and Auckland Council.
The Department of Conservation is being given $20 million over four years for more frontline staff and recreational facility upgrades.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith has approved a contentious new marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour.
Housing New Zealand has settled its insurance claim over 5559 earthquake damaged houses in Canterbury.
There are fears our native bird conservation is under threat due to cutbacks at the Department of Conservation.
Len Brown and Nick Smith have agreed to set up a working party to look at ways of increasing the supply of land in Auckland.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown and Housing Minister Nick Smith will tonight discuss Auckland's housing crisis.
Five new marine reserves covering an area of 17,500 hectares have been approved on the West Coast of the South Island.
A proposal calling for a ‘warrant of fitness’ for rental properties has found support in the private sector.
The Port of Tauranga has received approval to expand to enable access by larger ships, following years of delays.
A New Zealander has been named to lead the troubled state insurance agency ACC.
Nick Smith says he'll make the final call on the new tourist routes planned for the journey between Queenstown and Milford Sound.
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