Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Solid Energy Intimidates Student Protestors

For Further Comment Contact:
Solid Energy intimidates student protestors

Students protesting the proposed Cypress mine near Westport were yesterday chased from the publicly-owned nearby Stockton mine amid verbal abuse and threats of legal action. Stockton mine is run by SOE Solid Energy and has an atrocious environmental record. Solid Energy is proposing the new Cypress mine.

"Solid Energy doesn't seem to want people to view the full extent of damage caused by their operations at their existing Stockton mine near Westport", says Rob Cadmus, spokesperson for a student group protesting against Solid Energy's proposed new Cypress Mine.

"Students involved in a protest at the site of the proposed mine adjacent to Stockton were chased from the existing mine site by angry mine staff amidst threats of trespass action and verbal abuse", he said.

"In spite of comments from West Coast Regional Council staff that Solid Energy's compliance with slack environmental conditions has been 'mixed', Buller Mayor Pat O'Dea has portrayed mining as a benign activity. So we thought we'd see for ourselves," he said

A group of five students approached the mine from their camp about one hour's walk away.

"As soon as Solid Energy staff became aware of our presence, vehicles approached from all directions like a scene from a Mad Max movie. Although we were hundreds of metres away from any operations, and posed no threat to mining operations or to health and safety, we felt we were being chased and so tried to leave," he said.

"It became obvious the miners were intent on confronting us. We ended up running around angry miners who yelled verbal abuse and threatened trespass action," he said.


The students have been camped for a week in the upper Waimangaroa Valley where Solid Energy propose to extend their opencast mining operations. The students have said their protest is to draw public attention to the impacts of mining on the unique pristine natural environment, in particular on the water quality of the areas streams and rivers and on the destruction of important habitat for the threatened Great Spotted Kiwi and endangered Powellephanta snails.

The mine site including pits, overburden stockpiles and sediment ponds extends for hundreds of hectares with no boundary fence or signage. All the land is Crown owned. At any one time mining operations are confined to relatively small parts of this vast area, so there was absolutely no health or safety risk posed to the students who kept well away from operational sites.

ON SITE CONTACT Rob Cadmus 03 470 1353

OFF SITE CONTACT Abigail Allan 021 767 955

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news