Parliament

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

 

Meridian threatens eels with dam-nation

14th March 2008

Meridian threatens eels with dam-nation

Meridian's proposed hydro-dam on a wild and pristine West Coast river will hasten the extinction of our long-fin eel population Green Party Conservation Metiria Turei says.

"Resource Consents will be notified today by the West Coast Regional Council for Meridian Energy's proposed 85MW hydro dam on the northern West Coast's Mokihinui River.

"The proposal is outrageous; the Mokihinui is ranked New Zealand's seventh most important river for its natural values and its whole catchment is considered nationally important for biodiversity.

"I am also informed that a report about the viability of mitigating the biodiversity impacts is not being released by Meridian - I ask what they are hiding and challenge them to release this report immediately so the public has all the facts," Mrs Turei says.

The river is a very important habitat for 12 species of native freshwater fish, including four that are nationally threatened and in population decline, such as the long-fin eel. Many of the freshwater fish in the river need access to the sea and form part of the whitebait harvest.

"These eels and fish are protected by the inaccessibility of the Mokihinui gorge. The 85m high dam will flood the gorge creating a 14km long lake, removing natural protections and the ability of the eels to migrate to and from the ocean. This development will undoubtedly hasten their extinction," Mrs Turei says.

The part of the Mokihinui valley to be drowned is also home to highly endangered bats and snails, birds such as kiwi, whio and kaka.

"Suggestions that catch-and-carry systems can be used to help fish get across the dam are just greenwash.

"Why doesn't Meridian start with the least precious rivers when selecting dam sites, instead of aiming its bulldozers at our most valuable and ecologically significant rivers?

"Of course, the answer as usual is profit: damming a pristine river is a cheap and dirty way of power generation, because the costs to biodiversity, to the river ecosystem, to white-water rafters, and to future generations are not accounted for.

"The Green Party will campaign hard against this dam, and fight for the boundaries of Kahurangi National Park to be extended south to include the Mokihinui catchment and protect it from future hydro development," Mrs Turei says.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election