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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:21 PM

Judge Jeffrey Smith has recently been presiding over http://www.acc.co.nz ACC District court appeals.

Here is some background information.

He was appointed to the Environment Court in 2000


http://www.rmla.org....la_jul_2000.pdf

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Environment Judge J A Smith

Judge Jeff Smith was appointed to the Court in July 2000. He is based in Auckland. He was born in Rotorua and completed his education at Kamo High School, Whangarei. He holds an LLB from Auckland University, obtained in 1981, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London (associate from 1986) and a Foundation Associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand. He practised in Tauranga from 1981, first with Sharp Tudhope, and from 1995 until his appointment in 2000 as a Barrister, sole.

He is a very keen piano player and has played professionally and semi-professionally since his youth. The two main bands he has played with were Jazz-A-Plenty, a Dixieland Jazz Band and a Christian Gospel Band, Crosstalk.
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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:24 PM

He was understandably not impressed with the Auckland Council and delays in settling planning appeals.



Judge lays blame for appeal delays back on city council
5:30 AM Monday Sep 17, 2012

http://www.nzherald....jectid=10834468

A judge says Auckland Council causes delays in settling planning appeals because its officers insist on approval from councillors for mediated deals.

Environment Court Judge Jeff Smith vented his frustration after a court-convened conference of parties to a year-old appeal over Rodney subdivision rules.

Avoiding delayed council plan changes is part of the council's argument to the Government in favour of removing the public's right to appeal to the Environment Court against its first draft unitary plan.

Council officers estimate a $9 million legal bill and up to 10 years of delays if the region's new growth planning rule book draws 170 appeals.

But in a minute to the Rodney parties obtained by the Herald, Judge Smith said: "This court is particularly concerned that representations are being made to Government on the basis of the court failing to progress planning appeals sufficiently rapidly.

"To the contrary, there have been significant delays in almost every Auckland Council planning appeal that this court has dealt with due to counsel seeking further time for negotiation and/or requiring approval from the relevant planning committee.

"In future, it is likely that the court will require either the chief executive officer or the planning director of the council to attend pre-hearing conference to advise the court as to reasons for council delay, given its criticism of court delays."

Judge Smith's criticism comes after Acting Principal Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook examined the processing of appeals on the new Hauraki Gulf Islands section of the district plan.

Three years on, 13 of the 41 appeals remain unsettled. Judge Newhook's review said it was a notable example of the court not being adequately hands-on with case management at the outset. A year had been lost while the former city councils tried to negotiate solutions. When the court realised this, it had immediately directed everything to mediation.

In court-directed mediation, he said, much time and even the need for hearings could be saved by agents having delegated authority to settle when the opportunity arose.

The council's legal costs for just the Gulf Islands plan may reach $1 million, and the unitary plan is to replace 12 district and regional plans and policies.

Chief planning officer Dr Roger Blakeley said yesterday the council had not complained to the Government about delays in the court progressing planning cases sufficiently rapidly.

The council hearings committee meets fortnightly but chairwoman Noelene Raffills said yesterday she and deputy Penny Webster were available "within a day" to sign urgent decisions needed by the court during mediation.

Officers didn't think it was "best pro-cess" that they have the authority to settle on the spot and they preferred the committee to make the decision.

District plan review

41 appeals filed mid-2009
1 year's failed council negotiations
March 2010 court orders mediation:
31 mediation sessions held
13 appeals remain, mostly big landowners
$1 million estimated council legal bill.


- NZ Herald

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:31 PM

It would be great if Judge Jeff Smith in his role as an Environment Court judge would wield the stick on those that come to New Zealand & take over and work in the IT & hospitality trades (SME's) that don't consider our Environment.

Most notably those that come from third world type countries, like India & China, that no matter how much we educate them they still don't recycle & shove everything in the same bin.

This in turn causes our so called clean green country to be further filled with unnecessary & environmentally toxic land fills, which in turn can & does result in health issues for those that live here long-term & do our best to look after our environment.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:34 PM

View Posthukildaspida, on 26 August 2014 - 05:31 PM, said:

It would be great if Judge Jeff Smith in his role as an Environment Court judge would wield the stick on those that come to New Zealand & take over and work in the IT & hospitality trades (SME's) that don't consider our Environment.

Most notably those that come form third world type countries, like India & China, that no matter how much we educate them they still don't recycle & shove everything in the same bin.

This in turn causes our so called clean green country to be further filled with unnecessary & environmentally toxic land fills, which in turn can & does result in health issues for those that live here long-term & do our best to look after our environment.



Your racism is unacceptable on this forum
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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:44 PM

Look in your own back yard Mr Thomas.

For your information we live in the real world.

We have asked you many a time to Cease & desist your ongoing harassment & disrupting the flow of our topics.

Your harassment to us has escalated since you returned to this forum from Home Detention & been banned by the Criminal Courts for using this forum, a Court Order that you failed to abide by.

Now butt out or we will ensure a member of Detective Senior Sergeant Jill Rodger's team at http://www.police.govt.nz/ call you to your local Police station & ensure you receive the necessary care you should be getting.


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Your racism is unacceptable on this forum

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:50 PM

Does Detective Senior Sergeant Jill Rodger's teamDeal with racism?
Is racism okay if it is in the real world? I think not!

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:53 PM

Give it a rest.

This topic is about Judge Jeffrey Smith, not your delusional ideas.


View PostAlan Thomas, on 26 August 2014 - 05:50 PM, said:

Does Detective Senior Sergeant Jill Rodger's teamDeal with racism?
Is racism okay if it is in the real world? I think not!

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 05:43 PM

A little off the topic of Judge Jeffrey Smith but if he or others are reading this, here's our 5 cents worth

Auckland and other councils should be educating those that visit or migrate to New Zealand to do in New Zealand as New Zealander's do & stop polluting our country's environment with all there rubbish.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

There is no need for rubbish bins to laden with discarded clothing and other items that these visitors no longer want or don't want to take back home with them.

There is an urgent need to educate these people to use recycling bins for the purpose they are provided for.

Waste Management need to target these people that operate in the Tourism and Hospitality sectors as they are shocking offenders in this department.

It would be helpful if more councils provided recycling bins in and around there cities and townships so people do as they would do in there own homes.

Why also do those that provide Vending machines for canned drinks etc not provided a recycling receptacle for these to be disposed in beside them?








Council to help Aucklanders reduce their rubbish

8/09/2014

http://www.aucklandc...eirrubbish.aspx


Every year, Aucklanders put out enough landfill rubbish to fill a line of rubbish trucks from the Harbour Bridge to Wellsford – yet 65 per cent of it shouldn’t be in there at all.

Most of what goes in an average household’s rubbish bin or bag could be put to better use.

Finding a better way with our waste is the reason Auckland Council adopted the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP), and why we’re introducing new services and a major community engagement programme over the next few years.

The main service changes Aucklanders will see are a new food waste collection service in urban areas, enhanced recycling, and a pay as you throw system for rubbish collection across the region. There will be a transition from bags to bins over time in most urban areas.

While the long term goal is to achieve zero waste*, the plan has a medium term goal of cutting Auckland’s kerbside waste by 30 per cent – from 160kg per person per year to 110kg per person per year – by 2018.

Auckland Council’s Regional Strategy and Policy Committee Chairman, George Wood, says Aucklanders already do a good job of recycling but the next step is to change the way they view waste as a whole and start seeing it as a resource.

“We want to be the world’s most liveable city, and to achieve that we all need to make the most of waste,” he says. “We think this is a challenge that Aucklanders are ready to meet.”

Auckland Council research shows that reducing waste is an important issue for 74 per cent of Aucklanders.

“We know people want to recycle more and find better ways to deal with their waste, but it’s got to be easy for them. We’ll be helping with more education about how to reduce, reuse and recycle as well as new services consistent across the region,” says Councillor Wood.

Auckland Council Solid Waste Manager, Ian Stupple, says our aim is to find alternatives to sending waste to landfill that are better for both householders and the environment.

The Auckland Household Waste Prevention Study**, conducted by Auckland Council in 2012, showed that Aucklanders are generally willing to change their waste behaviour, and that the more waste minimisation activities people are engaged in, the more willing they are to do more.

“We are confident Aucklanders will embrace the new services with the same enthusiasm they did for recycling when that was introduced, because they know it will be better for them and for their city,” says Mr Stupple.

Quick facts

183,200 tonnes of rubbish a year is picked up by Auckland Council and taken to landfill
65 per cent (by weight) of an average household’s rubbish bin or bag could be disposed of in a different way
65 per cent of what we throw away can be diverted from landfill as follows: 15 per cent is recyclable; 40 per cent is food waste and 10 per cent is green waste, which can be put to a better use, such as soil nutrient
74 per cent of Aucklanders say that reducing waste is an important issue for them
For 82 per cent of Aucklanders wasting food feels wrong to them

Notes to editors

*Zero waste by 2040 is the long-term aspirational goal in Auckland’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. Zero waste means treating waste as a resource, rather than a disposal problem.

**The Auckland Household Waste Prevention Study was a collaborative study between Auckland Council and Nielsen to provide a baseline measure of Aucklanders’ behaviours, attitudes, motivations and barriers around waste prevention. It is being used to inform the development of behaviour change initiatives in support of Auckland’s zero waste goal. Findings are based on a representative sample of 3210 Auckland residents. Fieldwork took place in September and October 2012. The results have a maximum predicted margin of error of 1.7 per cent.

For more information, see Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.



View Posthukildaspida, on 26 August 2014 - 05:31 PM, said:

It would be great if Judge Jeff Smith in his role as an Environment Court judge would wield the stick on those that come to New Zealand & take over and work in the IT & hospitality trades (SME's) that don't consider our Environment.

Most notably those that come from third world type countries, like India & China, that no matter how much we educate them they still don't recycle & shove everything in the same bin.

This in turn causes our so called clean green country to be further filled with unnecessary & environmentally toxic land fills, which in turn can & does result in health issues for those that live here long-term & do our best to look after our environment.


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