Parliament

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

 

NZ will not walk away from the IWC

24 May 2002 Media Statement

Lee firm: "New Zealand will not walk away from the International Whaling Commission"


Conservation Minister Sandra Lee, today described as "extremely disturbing" final day moves at the International Whaling Commission annual meeting in Japan, to block indigenous subsistence whaling that has traditionally been approved.

Ms Lee says the moves follow a series of failures early in the conference by pro-whaling nations to secure IWC backing for proposed coastal whaling by Japan.

"New Zealand has voted in favor of granting indigenous whale meat quotas that conform to IWC requirements, such as allowing the Inuit of Alaska and the Chukotka of Siberia to meet their subsistence needs. I am deeply disturbed that Japan and some closely associated states have—for the first time—voted to block such quotas."

Following its defeat earlier in the week for a new proposal for a coastal whaling quota, Japan attempted to have this issue linked to the quota for the Alaskan Inuit Eskimos and the indigenous people of Chukotka. When this failed Japan and others then proceeded to block the quota, succeeding by one vote.

"Despite this disappointing outcome, New Zealand will not walk away from the International Whaling Commission and the international whaling moratorium. This is the main forum where New Zealand and other pro-conservation countries can work to protect whales," Ms Lee said.

The Conservation Minister also welcomed an announcement by Australia that it had nominated six species of Great Whales for inclusion in Appendix II of the Bonn Convention (the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals). This will complement efforts by New Zealand and Australia within the IWC to establish a South Pacific whale sanctuary.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

The Gili Islands: A Community Earthquake Recovery Effort

Joseph Cederwall travelled to the Gili Islands in October 2018 to talk to locals about their experiences of the event and witness the impact and the rebuild efforts on this unique ecotourism destination.

2018 was a difficult year for the Indonesian archipelago. This chain of fragile and largely low-lying islands is situated on a particularly unstable segment of the Pacific rim of fire. Last year the islands were hit by a series of devastating natural events including a series of Lombok, Sulawesi and Java based earthquakes and resultant tsunamis.More>>

 
 

DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Tuesday, Wednesday

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels