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

 


Great Barrier Marine Reserve proposal welcomed

16 June 2005, Auckland/Wellington

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Great Barrier Marine Reserve proposal welcomed


Forest and Bird today welcomed the decision of the Minister of Conservation to approve the Aotea (Great Barrier) Marine Reserve proposal as a significant step forward in marine conservation.

“Forest and Bird commends the Minister for his decision to approve the Marine Reserve proposal,” said Forest and Bird's Northern Conservation Officer, David Pattemore. “He is right to listen to the majority of submissions which supported the proposal.”

“It is also line with the recent poll in March which showed that 95 percent of New Zealanders support more marine reserves.”

"Our marine conservation effort lags decades behind our efforts on land, but this decision starts to correct that imbalance,".

The Minister of Conservation today approved the 49,500 ha marine reserve off the northeast coast of Great Barrier Island. The area has been reduced since the proposal was advertised last year, with an area around the Whangapoua Beach and the estuary excluded from the reserve to allow fishing by local residents.

"Marine reserves around the mainland of New Zealand have typically been very small," said Mr. Pattemore. "This makes them much more vulnerable to random events and flow-on impacts from fishing outside of the reserve boundaries."

"The Great Barrier Marine Reserve proposal will be New Zealand's third largest and will provide benefits for a wide range of connected habitats," he said.

Responding to claims that no-take marine reserves limit public enjoyment of the environment, Mr. Pattemore said, "The Leigh, Poor Knights and Kapiti marine reserves attract many tens of thousands of people each year to enjoy the experience of a protected marine environment where the variety and abundance of sea-life is readily accessible."

Apart from its direct conservation value, this reserve is also likely to be very important to Great Barrier Island’s local tourism and recreation economy.

"People are increasingly aware that marine environments and species are as important as those on land. New Zealand’s record in marine protection lags well behind our achievements in creating national parks and reserves on land," he said.

The proposal now needs the concurrence of the Minister of Fisheries and the Minister of Transport.

"We hope that these Ministers will approve the application this year," said Mr Pattemore.

ENDS

Notes: Currently the proportion of mainland New Zealand's coastal waters in this form of protection is less than one percent, yet about 33% of land is protected for conservation purposes.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news