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

 


Marchers Keep Maui’s to the fore

Marchers Keep Maui’s to the fore


Maui’s dolphin campaigners continue their pressure on the Government this week with a march in central Wellington.

A lunchtime protest and march from Civic Square to the DoC headquarters this Wednesday targets Conservation Minister Nick Smith.

Organisers say the catalyst for this march, one of a series of protests around the country, is to demand action from the Minister of Conservation.

Christine Rose, Chair of Maui’s & Hector’s Dolphins Education/Action says “Nick Smith needs to be accountable”. “He misled Parliament about the overlap of Maui's dolphins and the block offered for marine mining for gas and oil”. “In doing so he understated the threats from this activity and justified, by mistruth, an otherwise untenable risk to Maui's”.

“At the same time he admitted set nets cause about 95% of Maui’s deaths”. But Mrs Rose says “Nick Smith fails his responsibility as Conservation Minister by keeping those nets in most of the dolphin habitat. All the while his Government introduces added threats such as new oil and gas mining”.

“The Government also recently reintroduced ring nets into the Manukau Harbour, known Maui’s habitat, layering threat upon threat’.

“The Government’s position is irrational” says Mrs Rose. “Given the risks, and condemnation of New Zealand by the international community on this issue, and widespread support for better protection here, National are out of step with international, national and scientific opinion”.

Mrs Rose says Wednesday’s march is part of a rolling campaign, part of a wider movement, involving other NGOs and concerned citizens, “and this is a reminder that we will not give up”.

Organisers hope to attract a good lunchtime crowd and will be joined by MPs and representatives of NGOs. Mrs Rose says “We know this is an issue of widespread importance to New Zealanders, and will be followed by a similar march and presentation in John Key's electorate of Helensville on July 13 at 10am. Other marches in centres around the country are also being planned”.

“Nick Smith is complicit in the demise of Maui's by failing to protect from avoidable threats within their full range”.

“Maui's dolphins are on the election agenda, and we seek to ensure New Zealanders have a voice on this critical issue”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Govt’s Token Plans For Cyber-Security

Basically, the world is divided into two types of people: those who think the Panama Papers illustrate the bad shit that some people do, and those who think the Panama Papers illustrate what needs to be done to make sure no-one else discovers the shit – good or bad – that they’re doing. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac’s Grudging Concession To Reality

Is this any way to run a health system… whereby terminally ill patients are forced into public demonstrations before the government (and its funding agency Pharmac) will grudgingly provide the money for life-saving treatments freely available and publically funded in Australia for the best part of a year? More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Healthy Homes Bill Passes First Reading

Some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and families are on their way towards safer living conditions with the passing of the first reading of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in Parliament last night, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Home, And A Way

The one thing even more popular than an Auckland house is offering advice on how to afford an Auckland house. So, on the grounds it can’t be worse than some of the stuff that’s out there, here’s my three cents* worth. [*Up 50% since 2013!] More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news