Lecture: Environment Minister of New Zealand (Updated 9/9/13)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Friday, September 6 (2013), Mary Graydon Conference Room 4
"The Economy and the Environment: New Zealand’s Approach to Navigating a Prosperous Future"
The Honorable Amy Adams Minister for the Environment, New Zealand
In April 2012, Amy Adams became Minister for the Environment and, shortly afterward, represented New Zealand at the United Nation's Rio+20 conference on sustainability. Since taking over the environment portfolio, Minister Adams has instigated a number of policy initiatives looking at the way New Zealand manages its natural resources, including New Zealand’s core environmental statute, the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Minister Adams’ reforms are fundamentally about providing stronger environmental outcomes, greater confidence for businesses to grow and create jobs, and greater certainty for communities to plan for their areas’ needs. Prior to entering Parliament, Minister Adams spent 16 years in private legal practice, becoming a partner in the firm in 2004. Minister Adams lives with her husband Don and their two children in rural
Canterbury on their 600 acre sheep and crop farm. She currently represents the Selwyn electorate.
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