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

 


Green Party celebrates EPA iron sands decision

18 June 2014

Green Party celebrates EPA iron sands decision

The Green Party has welcomed the Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision not to allow massive seabed mining in the habitat of the world’s most endangered dolphin - the Maui’s Dolphin - and close to a blue whale breeding ground.

The proposal was to allow iron sand mining of the seabed off the Taranaki coast. The EPA declined the application, saying evidence provided to support the application was uncertain and inadequate.

“It’s great that the EPA has listened to the voice of reason, along with 99 percent of submitters, and declined this application,” Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.

“National’s Minister of Mining Simon Bridges previously advocated for the proposal, saying the Government had done its homework, and that he supported it. The EPA’s decision clearly shows the Minister was wrong.

“This decision is a victory for New Zealand and the people who stood up to protect New Zealand’s ocean and the treasured species that live in it.

“National was wrong to back this project, and wrong to support it directly with taxpayer subsidies. This is another example of National’s environmental vandalism.

“Last April the National Government announced a grant of up to $25 million to TransTasman Resources, the company promoting this damaging mining proposal.

“We need a Government that invests instead in a smart green innovative economy and that protects the wild places and animals New Zealanders love,” said Mr Hughes.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Legal Fudging Of The GCSB Revelations

As many have noted, the Hager/Snowden revelations of the spying by our security agencies on our Pacific neighbours and allies is a virtual re-run of the pre-election debate.

Unfortunately, it is also a forerunner of the kind of “ debate” we can expect during the upcoming review of the security agency powers, in June. It is a situation where the government (a) stonewalls, (b) baldly asserts that mass surveillance is not occurring despite the Snowden evidence that it is, and (c) claims that the GCSB actions were lawful.

Yet as Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman says, this can be true only if the legislation passed last year by the Key government has made the mass surveillance of New Zealanders – and the related handing over of their private data to the NSA – lawful. More>>

Latest:

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Women's Day, March 8: It’s Time For Men To Step Up For Gender Equality

UN Women is launching the HeForShe campaign in New Zealand at the International Women's Day Parliamentary Breakfast, and is calling on New Zealand men — including politicians and community and sports leaders — to show their commitment to gender equality by signing up to this global campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news