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

 


PM and Conservation Minister avoid big issues

PM and Conservation Minister avoid big issues and go for photo ops


National has demonstrated how out of touch it is with key conservation issues in New Zealand, particularly the issues facing our marine environment, Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.

“The announcements from the Bluegreens conference about new marine legislation and marine protection in Kaikoura are examples of the National Party picking low hanging fruit for a photo op rather than tackling the hard issues.

“Conservation Minister Nick Smith has been a big disappointment since taking over from Kate Wilkinson. Many conservation-minded people had high expectations of some real action. We have seen the reverse.

“The Minister's interference in the legitimate advocacy role of DOC saw their major concerns about the Ruataniwha dam withdrawn. If this proposal is approved, there is a scientifically backed concern that the Tukituki River will turn toxic because of high nitrate levels - and all to give 120 farmers more water at huge taxpayer and ratepayer cost.

“The Minister has also been shamefully weak on the issue of protecting the critically endangered Maui's dolphins, a scenario that could result in the extinction of the species.

“As one petitioner said to the Local Government and Environment Committee this week, the solutions are easily available for Government to save the dolphins and secure a strong and sustainable fishing industry.

“But even that’s too hard for National. Instead, they have made a series of announcements solely designed to make them look good but which have little impact on the declining state of our marine environment.

“It is cynical and out of touch politics.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Flyover Over: NZTA Not Appealing Flyover Decision

The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

Developing Crown Land: Government, Auckland Iwi Reach Agreement

The government has reached agreement with Ngati Whatua and other Auckland iwi over developing 500 hectares of excess land in Auckland for private housing which had been under High Court challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news