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

 


Marine reserve won’t mask National’s dire track record

New marine reserve won’t mask National’s dire marine conservation track record


Today’s announcement of a new Te Korowai marine protected area off the coast of Kaikoura must be matched with wider protections for our precious marine life, Green Party said today.

“This protected area, while very welcome, is a drop in the marine protection bucket,” said Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“The collaborative approach by the Kaikoura community has made this protected area possible and their work needs to be acknowledged,” said Mr Hughes.

“While the marine protections announced today are warranted and welcome, they do not make up for the fact that the National Government is overseeing gross environmental destruction of our marine environment.

“The National Party is not a champion of marine protection, it is far from it.

“The oil blocks offered last year were more than 4,000 times larger than this proposed marine reserve and the Government still isn't taking the steps needed to protect the endangered Maui's dolphin and New Zealand Sea Lion.

“This new marine reserve is only 104 square kilometres and keeps the percentage of New Zealand's EEZ and Territorial Sea area protected by marine reserves still standing at an incredibly low 0.41 percent.

“When it comes to the environment National gives with one hand while it destroys with another.

“While we welcome this new marine reserve and the benefits it will bring to the Kaikoura region, having less than half of one percent of New Zealand’s waters protected by marine reserves isn't good enough.

“I urge the creation of the worlds largest marine reserve around the Kermadecs and the development of modern marine reserves legislation that would see significant protection across our marine area.

“New Zealanders love our oceans, and want to protect them. This new protected area is an acknowledgement of that and needs to be followed with other, wider protections,” said Mr Hughes.

National’s track record on marine protection:
• The National Government has ignored the overwhelming scientific advice to protect Maui’s dolphins; they are still allowing dolphin lethal fishing methods in large parts of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary. (https://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/maui-s-proposal-too-little-too-late)
• National is still letting our endangered New Zealand Sea Lion die in squid fishing nets when squid can be caught using the jigging method which poses little harm to sea lions. Two sea lions have already been killed this year in squid fishing nets. (https://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/moratorium-squid-fishing-needed-protect-endangered-sea-lions)
• The National Government has made supportive comments about Trans Tasman Resources’ application to mine iron sands in an area frequented by the endangered blue whale. (Supportive comments: see 39:45: http://www.tv3.co.nz/3RD-DEGREE-Wednesday-April-17-2013/tabid/3692/articleID/91769/Default.aspx)
• The National Government has granted a mining licence for an area of the ocean where the sea floor is protected (called a benthic protected area). (https://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/govt-grants-mining-licence-marine-protected-area)
• The National Government has only protected less than half of one percent of New Zealand’s waters in marine reserves.
• The National Government declined the Akaroa marine reserve. It was not until they were taken to court and had a judicial review go in the Akaroa community’s favour that they implemented it (https://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/minister-s-akaroa-marine-reserve-decision-quashed).
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sits at 10.30am today before MPs are summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber.

The speech delivered by the Governor-General on the Government’s behalf outlines its priorities for this Parliament.

After this MPs will return to the House for the presentation of petitions and papers and the introduction of any bills.

The Government has five notices of motion on the Order Paper which can be debated. These relate to relating to the appointment of the Deputy Speaker, Assistant Speakers, the reinstatement of business in a carryover motion and one on “Entities to be deemed public organisations”. More>>

 

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:


Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith Plans Reform To Ease Urban Development

Newly appointed Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced Resource Management Act reform to foster urban development, where high land prices and expensive resource consents are blocking efforts to provide affordable housing. More>>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On New Zealand getting involved (again) in other people's wars

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) and with whose ground troops, pray tell? More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On child poverty, and David Shearer’s latest outburst

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the Ministry of Social Development. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On the government’s review of security laws

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.”

According to its terms of reference, the review will consider whether the SIS, GCSB and Police are sufficiently able right now to (a) investigate and monitor suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters… More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news