Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


St James worthy of new National Park: Greens

8 October 2008
St James worthy of new National Park: Greens

The Green Party believes the Government's purchase of the iconic St James Station announced today gives an opportunity to create a new National Park centred on the Lewis Pass highway.

Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei welcomes the purchase and says the area would make a great new National Park - or an exciting addition to nearby Nelson Lakes National Park - that would afford appropriate conservation protection and recreational opportunities.

"I do agree with the Federated Mountain Clubs however, that the Department of Conservation needs to be adequately resourced to protect and manage our new public lands," Mrs Turei says.

"The Greens have already committed to immediately boost DOC funding by $100 million, to double pest control funding, and our forthcoming Tourism policy will also contain measures to assist DOC."

Green Party Outdoor Recreation Spokesperson Quentin Duthie says the area is already an iconic attraction so the purchase is a strategic coup for all New Zealanders.

"Many Kiwis will know the St James and Lewis pass areas well, especially the popular St James Walkway, but would be surprised to know that much of this area is not part of the National Park - indeed some of highest snowy peaks in the area are half in National Park and half outside.

"The long-awaited St James purchase is an opportunity to pull together the conservation and reserve land around the Lewis Pass highway, the St James Walkway area and the upper Waiau and Clarence valleys into a National Park, connecting to the much-loved Nelson Lakes National Park and creating new economic development opportunities along the Lewis Pass highway.

"I believe outdoor lovers nation-wide will welcome the purchase and agree with the Greens' call to protect it as National Park."

Mrs Turei says the Greens are calling on the Minister to ask the local Conservation Boards and the New Zealand Conservation Authority to investigate a National Park and make a recommendation to the Minister after public consultation.

"The Greens are pleased with this use of the Nature Heritage Fund, despite the hefty $40 million price-tag, because the evidence is clear that tenure review has often resulted in a loss of threatened biodiversity and misuse of taxpayer funds."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour Refusing To Lead A Progressive Drugs Policy

Once again, Labour has chosen not to use (a) its parliamentary majority and (b) the huge mandate it was given at the last election in order to (c) bring about progressive social change. Once again, Labour seems to regard its main purpose for being in power as being to keep National and Act out of power. Will Labour for instance, overhaul our out-dated, unsafe, and unjust laws on drugs? No, it will not... More>>


Climate Change: Emissions Report Shows Urgent Action Needed

Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New ... More>>


Government: The Duke Of Edinburgh

9 April 2021 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time. On behalf of the New ... More>>


Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>


Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>




InfoPages News Channels