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


National committed to saving itself, not the kiwi

2000 web site
"The only endangered species National is committed to saving is the National cabinet minister," says Labour conservation spokesperson Jill Pettis.

"Jenny Shipley's hypocritical claim today that 'conservation and the environment are a top priority for the National Party' will stick in the craw of every New Zealander who cares about our natural heritage."

"It is particularly rich that Mrs Shipley makes the claim on the West Coast, where National is committed to the environmental vandalism of native beech logging.

"Her pretence of a conservation policy contains nothing new except the vague and unfunded promise of five kiwi sanctuaries. With no extra money for these, funds will have to be diverted from other conservation areas. Kiwis in five areas might be more likely to live, while kiwis everywhere else will be more likely to die. That includes the West Coast forests, where National's native timber logging damages the kiwi's habitat.

"The reheated promises in Mrs Shipley's announcement only serve to highlight how little National has done for the environment in nine years. The biodiversity strategy, which still has no deadline, was promised eight years ago. Environmental performance indicators, now due in three years' time, were promised in 1994.

"Mrs Shipley promises action on greenhouse gases, but only last month New Zealand won a "Fossil of the Day" award from international environment groups for increasing CO2 emissions by 30% after promising a 5% cut. She boasts about creating marine reserves when they cover less than 1% of the coastline.

"Labour has already declared its commitment to tackling New Zealand's biodiversity crisis by strengthening the Department of Conservation. Threatened species programmes, habitat protection, weed and pest control and conservation advocacy will be our priorities for increased funding. Labour is also committed to retaining and strengthening the Resource Management Act and creating marine reserves to cover ten per cent of the coastline by 2010.

"National's feeble last-minute attempt to colour itself green comes nowhere close to Labour's comprehensive Green Agenda."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More


Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list

Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>


Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>





Featured InfoPages