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

 


National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary

National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary


The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, the Green Party has revealed today.

This follows revelations that permits have also been issued for oil exploration in the sanctuary.

There have been 254 Maui’s sightings within the areas where the mineral mining permits have been granted.

“This is another yet example of National sacrificing the last remaining 55 Maui’s dolphins in order to give the mining industry a leg-up, and showing a total disregard for the things New Zealanders care about,” said Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“This is National’s pollution economy writ large, when what we need is an economy that is greener, smarter and fairer.”

The permits, five of which have been granted within the North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary, are for a range of minerals, but all include ironsand.

“Mining and Maui’s don’t mix,” said Mr Hughes. “The dolphins’ habitat would be degraded as a result of noise and pollution and there’s a risk they’d be displaced into areas where they have no protection.

“The future survival of the Maui’s dolphin is already bleak – there are only 55 left in the world. Mineral mining will push them closer to extinction.

“Nick Smith said in Parliament that it was fine to have issued oil exploration permits in the Maui’s sanctuary because no Maui’s had been sighted in the area in question.

“He was wrong then and he definitely cannot say the same here. There have been 254 Maui’s sightings in the areas in which they’ve issued permits.

“This is the world’s most endangered dolphin we are talking about here. We should be doing everything we can to protect them. National is doing the exact opposite.

“Less than two months ago, the International Whaling Commission issued a call for greater protection for Maui’s, yet National has opened up their so-called “sanctuary” for mining.

“The Green Party is committed to protecting our precious oceans and wildlife. As part of that, we would not allow any foreshore or seabed mining in the Maui’s habitat.

“We would ensure that the Maui’s sanctuary is exactly that – a sanctuary that gives these beautiful creatures a genuine chance of survival.”

See attached map for overlap of Maui’s sanctuary and mineral permits, along with sightings.

http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1407/MMS_and_mineral_permit_overlap_and_Maui_sightings_2.pdf

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And
Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the Resource Management Act.

Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing, which happens to be another of the government’s most contentious, most ideologically-driven policy packages. Presumably, Key will be trying not to double down on the rhetoric, and thereby leave room for Labour leader Andrew Little to sound like the centrist voice of reason.

Key will have his work cut out, though. More>>

 

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Ian Apperley: $10m Or $100m For New Wellington Council IT System?

I feel a Tui Billboard coming on. I commented the other day that it looked like the Council’s Ninth big project was a potential $100 million plus... The Mayor has responded: “I am reassured by the Chief Executive and by Anthony Wilson that the proposed budget is in the region of $10 million.” More>>

ALSO:

Southern Ocean:
Navy Intercepts Illegal Fishing Vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners. “As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.” Mr McCully says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news