Parliament

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

 

Eckhoff Backs Gondola Scheme

ACT Conservation Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff has thrown his “full support” behind the proposed aerial gondola scheme between Queenstown and Milford.

He said the scheme would be a “major environmentally-friendly boost” to tourism in the region, and he could not understand the “bumper-sticker mentality” of conservation groups opposed to the idea.

“Groups like Forest and Bird promote the benefits of eco-tourism ventures, then throw their hands up in horror at the suggestion of a gondola through Ngai Tahu-owned land and the Caples Valley.

“They want eco-tourism without the eco,” Mr Eckhoff said.

He said “shrill protests” from lobby groups were based on emotion rather then facts when it came to the gondola scheme.

Mr Eckhoff said the large numbers of buses which presently made the tortuous journey between Queenstown and Milford, “spewed huge amounts” of diesel pollution into the air. “The gondola scheme could help elevate that.”

He said the current levels of human waste along the region’s popular tramping routes, including the Caples Valley, were appalling.

“Ducking behind the tree causes more damage to the environment on walking tracks such as the Kepler and Greenstone, than installing a properly constructed sewage system like the one that would be included in the gondola scheme terminal areas in the Caples,” Mr Eckhoff said.

He said the gondola scheme could score a “hat trick” for the region.

“It would be a boost to local business, a boost to New Zealand’s tourist industry overall, and a boost to the environment,” he said.

He said the proposed joint venture between “blue chip” tourism operator Skyline Enterprises and Ngai Tahu was to be applauded.

“Ngai Tahu has made strategic key tourism investments following its Treaty of Waitangi settlement that have helped close the gaps for their own people.

“This is another example of a Ngai Tahu partnership helping lead the charge for further development of a vital tourism industry scheme over land in the Caples Valley which they largely control.

“On the other hand is the ‘don’t touch’ brigade, arrogantly promoting their bumper sticker mentality at the expense of the property rights of people they claim to support.

“New Zealand has abused the property rights of Ngai Tahu for 150 years. It seems the environmental lobby groups wish to perpetuate that wrong,” Mr Eckhoff said.

“New Zealand desperately needs all the tourism dollars we can find.

“We also desperately need people and organisations who are prepared to invest their money to provide jobs and bring wealth to our region,” Mr Eckhoff said.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>

ALSO:

Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>

ALSO:

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels