Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Conservation Land Not For Sale

Media Release 13/07/2017

Conservation Land Not For Sale

Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki is challenging the New Talisman gold miner’s claims that it is feasible to mine the conservation land on Mt Karangahake.

“Conservation land is for all New Zealanders, not for mining. It’s that simple,” says spokesperson Augusta Macassey-Pickard.

“We will do whatever we can to support the Karangahake community as they work to protect the mountain from this desecration, to protect our Conservation land. Our Conservation estate is not for sale. It belongs to us all, and it is not acceptable for the Government to permit companies such as this to compromise it so that those companies can profit at the expense of all New Zealanders.’

“There is often this ‘jobs/economic benefits’ incentive bandied about when these companies want us to accept their destruction of our environment; all we need to do is look at Waihi. If there was such wealth directed into a community when mining is allowed, then why do they have higher than average unemployment, lower than average incomes? You’d think that the town would be seriously wealthy by now, given the duration of that mine, and the sheer amount of gold that has been removed.”

The Karangahake Gorge and surrounding Conservation land is a significant contributor to the local and regional economy; they attract high volumes of tourists (both local and international) and are a major asset to the area. “Compromising this asset to enable one company to profit is not in the best interests on New Zealand. Conserving and maintaining this beautiful area for us, our visitors and future generations is”.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Madrid Climate Talks: Decade Ending 2019 Likely To Be Hottest On Record

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization...

The agency also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year in history, with the global average temperature during January through October, roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

“If we do not take urgent climate action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3°C by the end of the century, with ever more harmful impacts on human wellbeing.” More>>


NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>



Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Stoking Fears About Cannabis Law Reform

It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm... More>>


Tūhoronuku Mandate Recognition Ends: "New Opportunity" For Ngāpuhi Treaty Negotiations

The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims... More>>


Pike River: Next Phase Of Recovery Underway

“Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and safety regulator WorkSafe." More>>


Peters Stoic: Russia On Afghan Firing Range Deaths

The foreign minister won't be calling in the Russian ambassador concerning comments made about New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan. In a media briefing late last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said New Zealand must investigate crimes against civilians. More>>


Christchurch Call: Online Crisis Response Workshop In Wellington

Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. More>>





InfoPages News Channels