Parliament

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

 

Labour tackles biodiversity crisis

Labour
2000 web site
"Labour's 1999 conservation policy tackles New Zealand's biodiversity crisis by reinforcing the Department of Conservation's leading role in rescuing and protecting native species, says Labour's conservation spokesperson Jill Pettis.

"The department's work on threatened species programmes, habitat protection, weed and pest control and conservation advocacy will be Labour's priority for increased funding," Mrs Pettis says of the policy released today.

"Labour will complete and implement a national strategy on biodiversity to protect the natural habitats that indigenous species need to survive. We will improve the conservation of wetland and fresh water ecosystems and establish a network of high country tussock land parks and reserves. We will also support non-government initiatives like Forest & Bird's proposed kiwi protection zones."

Mrs Pettis says Labour will develop the Protected Natural Areas programme, which identifies and protects unique regional ecosystems. It will also increase funding for Nga Whenua Rahui, which promotes conservation areas on Mäori land, and develop a national policy on Mäori customary use of native plants and animals.

"Historic heritage protection will also get increased attention under Labour. We will develop a national strategy for identifying heritage places and a publicly available database.

"To improve free public access to New Zealand's waterways and coastline Labour will develop a strategy for extending the Queen's Chain. To ensure access to the back country we will undertake an urgent review of the condition of back country huts and tracks, with a view to restoring them.

"Marine conservation efforts will be stepped up under Labour. In consultation with the public, we will aim to create marine reserves covering 10% of the coastline by 2010. We will establish marine reserves around the Sub-Antarctic islands and investigate the potential for a network of deep sea reserves from 10km to 320km offshore. Labour also plans to work closely with the fishing industry to reduce by-catch of marine mammals, sea birds and non-target fish species."

Internationally, Labour will continue pressing for an end to "scientific" whaling and for the designation of Antarctica as a World Park.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Lest We Forget: ANZAC Day - WWI 100 Year Anniversary

The Governor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, will represent the people of New Zealand at the 2018 Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli. On Anzac Day, Dame Patsy will speak at the Joint New Zealand and Australian Dawn Service in Anzac Cove, and at the New Zealand Commemorative Service at Chunuk Bair later that morning... More>>

 

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>

ALSO:


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages