Labour Politics 1st, Environment 2nd, Auckland 3rd
Labour: Politics First, Environment Second, Auckland Third
The Labour Party has offered weak excuses for not supporting the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park now”, said Martin Poulsen, the National Party Candidate for Auckland Central.
“I am disappointed with their position given how the residents in Auckland Central in particular, value their Harbour, value clean beaches and value some of the streams and estuaries that flow into the Harbour”.
“The Labour Party’s opposition and stalling tactics will no doubt disappoint a wider Auckland audience regardless of their political persuasion who want this park”.
“Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf is precious. It is New Zealands most used park. Its value now and in the future will only increase. I believe Aucklanders want open Harbour spaces, access to clean water and the ability to catch a decent snapper or two”.
“The park covers an incredible diversity of habitats ranging from mangroves to sand dunes, from inner city beaches to remote and wild wilderness areas. The area has the potential to be a magnificent conservation estate. The tiny piece of land at HMNZ Tamaki will be included. To use this as an excuse not to proceed with the park is a diversion”.
“Labour is wrong to defer supporting the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Their position is political flotsam and it will do nothing to enhance the Labour Party’s credibility on matters environmental”, concluded Poulsen.