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A storm is no reason to change our conservation law

A storm is no reason to change our conservation law


New Zealand’s wild conservation land should be protected from logging, the Green Party said today.

National has announced plans to allow logging of native forest on public land on the West Coast damaged in Cyclone Ita.

“It was illegal to log these forests, a storm is no reason to change the law,” Green Party conservation spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today.

“New Zealanders fought for years to end native logging and protect the West Coast’s forests. We shouldn’t turn back the clock.

“It’s a bad precedent to change the law on a case by case, storm by storm basis. The public are not even going to get a say, the law will be pushed through under urgency.

“This is more boom and bust short term thinking from this Government for the West Coast. This proposal isn’t going to create sustainable long term jobs.

“Weakening our conservation law sets a dangerous precedent.

“Nowhere is protected from this Government. National is happy to allow our rivers to be too polluted to swim in, let the Maui’s Dolphin go extinct, and wanted to open up our national parks for mining. We can’t let them weaken our conservation law.

“It doesn’t matter how careful you are. By removing these trees we are taking away precious nutrients that will feed the next forest giants.

“We don’t need to restart the battles of the 1990’s, National needs to leave our protected forests alone.

“National is on the wrong path with this proposal, New Zealanders love our native forests and National needs to leave them alone,” said Ms Sage.

“The Department of Conservation shouldn’t have to allow logging of our native forests to pay for pest control, National needs to fund DOC properly,” said Ms Sage.

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