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

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news