Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Big boost for conservation awareness

15 June 2000
Big boost for conservation awareness

A conservation initiative in the Green Budget Package is designed to build awareness of the environment and an understanding of the consequences of human actions, Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today.

The Green Party is proposing to Conservation Minister Sandra Lee that $2.5 million be added to Vote Conservation for public awareness programmes following Green Party and government consultation with the Department of Conservation (DOC), other relevant agencies and Forest and Bird.

"Rules and regulations will not stop environmental destruction if people don't value our unique natural heritage and understand how their actions are affecting it," said Ms Fitzsimons. "More money for more public awareness programmes will enable more people to have hands on experience of nature and of working to protect it, both as children and adults.

“I am delighted that three political parties have negotiated this – Labour, the Alliance and the Greens – in the true spirit of MMP. The Minister has proved to be particularly supportive.

“Under this initiative it is envisaged that staff from DOC will work more widely with rural communities and iwi to protect natural species on the ground, using initiatives such as the successful kiwi and kukupa [native pigeon] ventures in Coromandel and Northland as models,” she said.

Ms Fitzsimons said she understood DOC staff in Auckland had a proposal which was ready to go which aimed to harness Aucklanders' enthusiasm for the islands of the Hauraki Gulf and other conservation areas in Auckland and to raise awareness of conservation issues among new New Zealanders.

"We see our agreement as funding initiatives along these lines, as well as supporting schools and community environmental education through internet resources and outreach programmes," said Ms
Fitzsimons.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news