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

 


Conservation legislation about protecting not trading away

24 February 2013

Conservation legislation about protecting not trading away nature

The Green Party today cautiously welcomed the announcement that the Minister of Conservation, rather than a second tier Department of Conservation official, will make the decisions on the proposed Routeburn tunnel and the Southland monorail.

“The Green Party called for this to happen last year, and at the time the Government rejected it”, Green Party conservation spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today.

“The Minister must ensure he applies the correct legal tests when considering the Routeburn tunnel and the Southland monorail proposals.

“The correct decision under the Conservation and National Parks Acts would be to decline both applications because they are contrary to the purpose of both acts and our national park management plans that have been developed with public input.

“Conservation legislation is about protecting our national parks, not trading away their integrity for a few short-term construction and earthmoving jobs as the Minister's comments about "balancing" economic development and conservation suggest.

Ms Sage said that the 11.3 km Routeburn tunnel involved the equivalent of mining in two national parks because of the large volume of waste rock it would produce. Furthermore, the Southland monorail would require extensive logging of red beech forest and clearance in steep country in Snowdon Forest, an easy to access area near the Mavora Lakes popular for family tramping and camping.

“There is significant public opposition to both proposals because of their impacts on Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks and the internationally important South West New Zealand Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area,” said Ms Sage.

“New Zealanders love and want to protect our national parks.”

Parliament’s Local Government and Environment select committee is considering a petition to stop the Routeburn tunnel supported by more than 24,000 online signatures.

Reference:
Govt refuses to allow Conservation Minister to decide on the proposals: http://www.greens.org.nz/oralquestions/eugenie-sage-questions-minister-conservation-dart-tunnel

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news