New Zealand patent law has been overhauled with the passing of the new Patents Act in August. The legislation won’t come into force until sometime next year but, when it does, it will be the biggest shakeup in New Zealand’s intellectual property landscape in more than 50 years.

Water Conservation Orders (WCOs) are statutory tools used to protect waterbodies of outstanding value nationally – rivers, lakes, and wetlands – much like mountains and coasts are protected by National Parks. They preserve or protect outstanding features such as fisheries, wildlife, Maori, cultural, recreational, wild and scenic or scientific values. They are to exist in perpetuity, unless amended.

Wedded to an unrealistic view of the world, where climate change is just another policy setting that can be fiddled to the advantage of supporters or to suit ideology.