Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Frigate SInking Ties in with Public Land Protest

Click for big version

Sean Clark at SEA protest to save coastal land


The Southern Environmental Associaton (SEA) today said it was a "notable coincidence" that the sinking of the frigate off the South Coast has been rescheduled to Sunday 13 November - the same day as a public protest (from 1 to 4 p.m.) to keep part of the new South Coast coastal park in public hands and stop it being sold to private developers for housing development.

"All predictions are that the sinking of the frigate off the South Coast will inevitably result in a marked increase in visitors and tourists to the area.

"It is therefore essential for the City Council to retain the public coastal park land in public ownership as open space, to ensure that we have sufficient public land along the coast for visitors and tourists. It would be sheer madness for the Council to privatise part of the coast in view of the predictions for visitor and tourist growth", says SEA secretary Robert Logan.

SEA chairperson June Epsom says: "It is great that local Councillor Celia Wade-Brown (WCC's Environment Spokesperson) has put this issue down on the Council agenda for 23rd November so that Councillors can vote to keep the land in public hands. We have urged the Council to think 100 years ahead in their parks planning, because if you do this you realise how precious all of our coastal public land is."

The protest will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday 13 November, at the gateway to the new reserve at the end of Owhiro Bay Parade.

As well as fighting to keep the coastal land in public ownership, the protest is urging that the Council should conduct a full public consultation process before finalising plans for public facilities and buildings at the entrance to the new coastal reserve.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election