Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Marine reserve consultation released

9 December 2004

Results of Great Barrier marine reserve consultation released

Results of the analysis of submissions on the Department of Conservation's application for a marine reserve on Great Barrier Island's north-eastern coast have been released today.

In total, 3513 submissions were received on the Aotea (Great Barrier) Marine Reserve Application, which was notified in August. Of these, 1261 submissions objected to the proposal, while 2219 submissions supported it. A further 31 submissions expressed qualified support or opposition. There were also two petitions - one in support and one in opposition.

DOC Auckland Conservator Rob McCallum said the submissions had provided a good picture of how people used the proposed marine reserve area and how they might be affected by it.

"People have raised a range of concerns about being adversely affected by the marine reserve. The department now needs to respond to these in a report to the Minister of Conservation."

Mr McCallum said the number and quality of submissions reflected people's interest in the proposed marine reserve area and marine conservation in general.

DOC will now prepare a report to the Minister of Conservation on the marine reserve application, incorporating the objections to the proposal.

The department will also advise the Minister to seek an independent review of its application process, as is provided for in the Marine Reserves Act. This process is likely to take several months.

The Minister will decide on the marine reserve after considering objections and the merits of the application.

The proposed marine reserve is 50,1000 hectares (two-thirds the size of Tongariro National Park) and covers an area from The Needles to just south of Whakatautuna Point on the Great Barrier north-eastern coast and out to the 12-mile limit. The area is considered outstanding for its high quality marine habitats and diverse sea life.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

ALSO:

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news