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FFNZ Question True Cost of Marine Reserves

27 March 2003 PR36/2003

FFNZ Question True Cost of Marine Reserves

Sound decision making on marine reserves will only occur if all of the costs associated with a proposal are taken into account, says Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc) President Tom Lambie.

In a submission on the Marine Reserves Bill today, Mr Lambie told the Local Government and Environment Select Committee that the Federation supported the provision to establish marine reserves in appropriate circumstances.

However the Federation is concerned that the Bill proposes to allow any individual to propose a marine reserve without any requirement to quantify how the costs of establishing and maintaining the reserve will be met.

"The Bill must contain a provision requiring those proposing a marine reserve to state how costs associated with the reserve will be funded, including compensation for those adversely affected," said Mr Lambie.

"The Federation has also emphasised the need to consult with adjoining landowners and local communities who have an interest in areas proposed as marine reserves.

"If the Government is serious about protecting private property rights it must compensate those who will be financially disadvantaged by the creation of a marine reserve. Such as those people who currently use the resource for recreational tourism or aquaculture.

"Government must also address a provision of the Bill that allows the incorporation of privately owned land into a marine reserve without the consent of the owner.

"If New Zealand is to maintain its economic viability landowners and other investors must be confident that their investments are safe from confiscation."


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