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

 

Labour Party Mining Policy Welcomed

Labour Party Mining Policy Welcomed

Schedule 4 Protection from Mining

Extended to all Southern Coromandel Conservation Land

All conservation land, beaches and harbours on the Southern Coromandel Peninsula between Thames (Kopu-Hikuai Road) and Te Aroha will be included in Schedule 4 and protected from mining under a Labour-led government.

Mr Tegg says he is “thrilled” about Labour's election commitment.

Denis Tegg is a Thames lawyer, and has been a member of environmental group Coromandel Watchdog since 1980. He is a former spokesperson for the group which has fought for decades to keep mining companies out of the Peninsula. Mr Tegg drafted the private member's bill which ultimately led to legislation being passed in 1997 (Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act) to protect the northern Coromandel area.

“All of the conservation land and the waterways and beaches on the Coromandel Peninsula have amazing landscape, bio-diversity and ecological values. The southern conservation areas have over 100 nationally threatened species, and are equally, if not more deserving of protection as those to the north.”

“This is unfinished business from 1997”, said Mr Tegg. “In 1997 the National government drew an arbitrary line across the Peninsula, and protected only the northern area from mining. This was a weak and ludicrous compromise, which was strongly opposed at the time by local communities and the Labour and Green Parties.”

“We never gave up, and have relentlessly pursued our campaign for 35 years. Should a Labour/Green government be elected we can finally achieve what we set out to do in 1979 - preserve the entire Coromandel conservation estate from mining, all the way south to Te Aroha”, said Mr Tegg.

“In 2010, 40,000 people marched up Queen Street in Auckland to keep mining out of Schedule 4 conservation areas on the Coromandel and elsewhere. This strong policy commitment from Labour, (also backed by the Green Party) to extend protection to the southern Coromandel conservation estate will be warmly welcomed by local iwi, residents, holiday home owners, and the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Coromandel each year”, said Mr Tegg


For maps and graphics see:-

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/31214727/Mining/Southern%20Coromandel.pdf

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election