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

 


New measure not enough to stop Maui’s extinction

New measure not enough to stop Maui’s extinction 

(Wellington, New Zealand) The world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphins are still on the path to extinction after the New Zealand government announced limited measures to protect Maui’s dolphins, warns global conservation organisation, WWF.

“John Key’s Government has not gone far enough. They have ignored the science which clearly shows that taking nets out of Maui’s waters across their entire habitat is needed to stop them from going extinct," said WWF-New Zealand Head of Campaigns, Peter Hardstaff.

The Threat Management Plan for Maui’s (TMP) announced tonight, extends protection  for the remaining 55 Maui’s dolphins by 350 square kilometres but does not ban set netting throughout their habitat.

“The Government needs to do more, and quickly. Prime Minister John Key should listen to the majority of New Zealanders and introduce full protection measures for our treasured dolphins before it is too late," said Mr Hardstaff.

Polling shows that more than 3 out of 4 New Zealanders support expanding the ban on set-nets to cover the entire area where Maui’s dolphins live. 

Over 70,000 submissions were received on the TMP consultation. The vast majority of which were in favour of protection for Maui’s across their entire range.  More than 30,000 emails from WWF supporters in New Zealand and around the world were sent directly to PM John Key urging him to save Maui’s.
The Goverment's proposal for limited extension of the set net ban from Pariokariwa Point  to Waiwhakaiho River recevied 45,000 submissions the vast majority of which said it did not go far enough.
 
“The Government has ignored the public and come up with a poorly conceived ‘balancing’ act that fails both fishers and dolphins.  The science shows we can’t afford any more Maui’s deaths in nets.

“The Government has an obligation to help fishing communities to transition to dolphin-friendly fishing practices, rather than use them as an excuse for Government inaction."

“Extinction not only means the loss of a special animal it could also tarnish New Zealand’s reputation and damage the image of our NZ$1.56 billion fishing export industry. ”

WWF believes that only a genuine sanctuary, prohibiting harmful fishing practices and placing a moratorium on risky marine mining activities, from Maunganui Bluff to the Whanganui river mouth, including harbours, out to 100 metres deep off the coastline can save Maui’s dolphins.  

This position is drawn from the recommendations and analysis of the International Whaling Commission, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and the Risk Assessment Panel of scientists that the Government convened to provide advice on measures need to save Maui’s dolphins. 

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news