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

 


Slice of Banks Peninsula bought for all to enjoy

Hon Dr Nick Smith
Minister of Conservation

Slice of Banks Peninsula bought for all to enjoy

A rare fragment of Banks Peninsula has been purchased by the Government and two trusts as a Scenic Reserve, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

The 145 hectares of upper slopes (including the summit) and ridge at Saddle Hill, situated six kilometres east of Little River, has been purchased for $660,000 by the Nature Heritage Fund in association with the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula and Josef Langer trusts.

“Being just an hour’s drive from the central city Saddle Hill will be a fantastic escape for Cantabrians and a tourist attraction in its own right,” Dr Smith said.

“Saddle Hill offers breath-taking views in every direction, walking and climbing opportunities and showcases the full range of the peninsula’s native fauna. It also includes one of the peninsula’s best remaining examples of narrow-leaved snow tussock grasslands, as well as remnants of old growth podocarp forest.”

Dr Smith said less than one per cent of Banks Peninsula’s old growth forest remains today primarily as a result of European burning.

Chair of the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust Gary Moore said the purchase with other agencies was a first for the trust and would enable a walkway to be developed.

“It paves the way for a spectacular walkway over the top of Saddle Hill so that ordinary people can get out and enjoy this special place.”

Background
The Nature Heritage Fund is a contestable ministerial fund aimed at protecting New Zealand’s natural ecosystems.   

Since 1990 the fund has purchased more than 340,000 hectares of natural areas which would have otherwise been cleared, logged or further damaged by the introduction of browsing animals.

The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust was established by Christchurch City Council to encourage the establishment of walkways and camping grounds throughout the peninsula.

The Josef Langer Charitable Trust was established in 2005 to support conservation. One of its focuses is conservation on Banks Peninsula and the Wild Side (south-eastern side) in particular. Josef Langer had a passionate interest in natural history and bequeathed money for the trust.

Saddle Hill was purchased for $660,000, with $510,000 from the Nature Heritage Fund, $100,000 from the Rod Donald Trust, and $50,000 from the Josef Langer Trust.


Click for big version.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news