Parliament

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

 

Water Conservation Order for Buller River

21 June 2001 Media Statement

Water Conservation Order for Buller River to take effect next month


A water conservation order for the West Coast's Buller River and connected waterways will come into force from July 21, the Minister for the Environment, Marian Hobbs, announced today.

The order will ensure that certain rivers and lakes within the Buller system, such as the Travers and Sabine Rivers and Lakes Rotoroa, Rotoiti and Constance, are preserved in their natural state.

The application for the conservation order was first lodged in 1987. It was then considered by a special tribunal and again by the Planning Tribunal who reported back to the Minister on the issue in 1996. The Planning Tribunal recommended that some additional rivers be included in the order. Determining which rivers and to what extent they be included has taken some time.

Marian Hobbs said a water conservation order was the most effective way of ensuring that future generations could experience all the unique characteristics that the river had to offer.

"Anyone who has had first hand experience of the Buller will agree that it is worth protecting," Marian Hobbs said. "It’s important that the opportunity to do something as natural as fishing for trout is not lost in this part of New Zealand."

As well as trout fishing, it is also widely recognised for its other recreational attractions, such as horse trekking and kayaking and has been described as one of the ‘best playgrounds in the World for white water rafting.’

Outstanding wildlife and scenic value, as well as important scientific characteristics make the need for a conservation order imperative, Marian Hobbs said.

"The order will effectively clarify what can and can’t be done with the river, while at the same time achieve the overall goal of ensuring that river remains a place of beauty and recreation," the minister said.

Specifically, the conservation order will place restrictions on the damming of certain waterways, and include restrictions on altering the water quality of the waters included in the order.

The purpose of a water conservation order is to recognise and sustain waters that are considered to be outstanding as a habitat or fishery, or for scenic, scientific or recreational values.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More

Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election