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

 


Unusual Vandalism a Sign of the Times

14 August 2014

Unusual Vandalism a Sign of the Times

Most election years, there’s some collateral damage to political hoardings. But Kumeu has suffered from an unusual, targeted kind of vandalism. None of the many Party political signs have been vandalised, but a harmless, arty ‘Vote for Dolphins’ sign appears to have been deliberately destroyed within 24 hours of its erection.

The ‘Vote for Dolphins’ sign, properly authorised and with Council consent, was erected among party political signs at the official Council sign site by the Huapai library. Campaigners for the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin (and the threatened Hector’s) are encouraging New Zealanders to think of the dolphins when they vote.

Long time dolphin advocate and Kumeu local, Christine Rose, says with only 55 Maui’s and four other isolated subpopulations of Hector’s, all at risk, all parties should be committed to saving these dolphins. “But some Party policies are definitely better than others”. “At the current rate, Maui’s will become extinct, as will sub-species populations of Hector’s in the South Island”. “We’re encouraging people to vote for the dolphins this election. Another three years of bad management could see Maui’s become biologically extinct”.

Mrs Rose suspects someone with a vengeance is behind the destruction of the Vote for the Dolphins sign, given previous dolphin signs have suffered a similar fate. “That takes some persistence, and is probably someone quite local, with a specific axe to grind, given none of the political signs, usually the target of vandalism, have been touched”. “But our message is too important to ignore. We’re encouraging New Zealanders around the country to erect similar signs, to vote for the parties with the most dolphin friendly policies, and we’ll be replacing the sign that was destroyed, with bigger, more secure signs, on State Highway 16”.

The Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Education/Action Incorporated Society has the aims of supporting awareness of Maui’s & Hector’s dolphins, an improvement in their health and population status, public education of Maui’s & Hector’s dolphins, greater understanding and stewardship of the dolphins and to foster links with the public and similar groups both in New Zealand and overseas.

Maui’s & Hector’s dolphins are the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin. They are found only in New Zealand waters; they are an inshore species, found within waters 100m deep and they are short lived and slow breeding. All these factors make them particularly vulnerable to human induced threats. Up until the 1970s there were about 30,000 Hector’s & Maui’s, found around New Zealand, but now those numbers have reduced to only about 7000 Hector’s in four sub-populations around the South Island, and between 48-69 Maui’s off the North Island West Coast.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 
 

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news