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


National Park Filming Ban is Ludicrous

National Park Filming Ban is Ludicrous

Monday 11 Nov 2002 Gerry Eckhoff Press Releases -- Environment & Conservation

New Zealand is at risk of becoming the laughing stock of the world with a proposed ban on filming non-indigenous species in a national park, ACT Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today.

"As part of its proposed management plan for Fiordland National Park, the Department of Conservation seeks to stop filming of deer, Wapiti, moose (if proven), ferrets, stoats and, presumably, humans. The policy follows hard on the heels of wanting "inappropriate" filming of commercials in Mount Cook National Park stopped in case the area's `mana' is somehow demeaned. Has DOC gone completely mad?

"Interestingly enough, however, DOC is silent on whether filming of taniwha (mythical monsters) is allowable in a national park. I can only surmise that, because taniwha are indigenous, filming is acceptable.

"Why filming of introduced species is banned defies belief. While DOC seems to want to deny the existence of deer in national parks, its silence over the existence of taniwha would indicate it believes in swamp-dwelling monsters and wants to confirm their existence before banning the filming of them as well. Perhaps DOC should develop a policy and management plan for fairies, gnomes, monsters and evil spirits.

"With Christmas on its way, DOC should speedily inform Father Christmas of no-fly zones over wilderness areas. Should Prancer or Dancer go lame, Santa Claus will not be able to land on DOC land without the expressed permission of Minister Carter.

"Helen Clark should tell New Zealanders whether this Government believes in the metaphysical or not and instruct her Ministers accordingly," Mr Eckhoff said.

For more information visit ACT online at or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ardern Speech: Justice Summit Opens

If we want to talk about an effective justice system, we shouldn’t start with a discussion about prisons, but a discussion about New Zealand...

We believe in a ‘fair go’. We are fair minded and like to give people a chance. Ensuring everyone is treated fairly is part of the fabric of our culture.

And equally, we are defined by what we don’t believe ourselves to be – and we certainly don’t feel like the kind of place that would have one of the highest incarceration rates in the western world, and yet we do. More>>


NZDF: New Chiefs Of Navy, Army And Air Force

“I’m delighted to announce that following approval by Cabinet, Commodore David Proctor, Brigadier John Boswell and Air Commodore Andrew Clark have been appointed by the Governor-General to lead their respective Services,” says Ron Mark. More>>


Christchurch Quake: New Red Zone Payment For Uninsured

The Government will pay former residential red zone owners 100% of the 2007/08 rateable value for uninsured homes, Minister Megan Woods has announced today. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MP Pay And The REAL P.C. Danger Zone

There has never been anything remotely credible about the way parliamentarians would paint themselves as the helpless victims of the Remuneration Authority when it came to their pay increases... More>>


Repatriation: Remains Of NZ Service People Return Home

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Veterans Ron Mark say they were honoured to be with the families of service personnel as they welcomed their loved ones home. More>>


Cop Shop Top-Up: 1800 New Police Through NZ

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has today confirmed further details around the allocation of the 1800 additional officers, following a $298.8 million increase for Police in Budget 2018... “These 1800 officers, alongside 485 support staff, will really enhance our work to keep people safe, and ensure they feel safe,” says Mr Bush. More>>


Human Right Commissions: Concern On Aged Care And Consent

A new report published by the Human Rights Commission raises concerns about the legal and human rights safeguards for an estimated 5000 elderly New Zealanders in secure dementia units and psychogeriatric facilities. More>>


Greens AGM: Leadership Stands Firm On Waka Jumping Bill

The Green Party leadership have dug in their heels and will not be reversing any of the decisions they have made in government. Former MPs Jeanette Fitzsimons and Sue Bradford had hoped the caucus might be persuaded this weekend to pull its support from the waka jumping bill. More>>





Featured InfoPages