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


Māori Party Call On Government To Ban Seabed Mining In Aotearoa

With the Supreme Court hearings wrapping up, Māori Party Co-leader and incoming MP Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is calling on the Government to put in place a nationwide ban on seabed mining permits within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“For the last seven years I have worked with my iwi to stop seabed mining off the South Taranaki Bight. Our final legal battle has now concluded and as Māori Party Co-leader I will be taking this fight to Parliament and pushing the Government to commit to banning new, and withdrawing existing, seabed mining permits in the EEZ and RMA” said Mrs Ngarewa-Packer.

“Our Māori Party climate action policy, released during the election, is clear that the Crown must follow the lead of Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Rauru and ban seabed mining.

“Implementing this policy will be one of my top priorities as an MP and I’m looking forward to using the processes and tools of Parliament to advance this kaupapa.

“I was deeply disappointed that the Attorney General intervened in the case and sided with TTR’s interpretation of Treaty law. We hope that this doesn’t reflect the position of the Government and that they will recognise how dangerous this practice is.

“Mining up to 50 million tonnes of ironsands every year for 35 years would be an absolute environmental disaster. We simply cannot allow this at a time when we are facing climate and biodiversity crises.

“Despite any ruling from the Supreme Court, the Government must ban seabed mining in the EEZ right across Aotearoa. They have a duty to protect our oceans and our climate for our future generations yet to come,” said Mrs Ngarewa-Packer.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been a case of us saying the sort of things we’ve said before, them acknowledging our need to do so, and then them responding much as we would expect them to do. All neat and tidy. Frankly, if all of this is merely virtue signalling on our part, and huffy declarations of independence on their part, then what’s the point of this diplomatic dance..? More>>


Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>


National: Leader’s Speech At Annual General Meeting

Good morning delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge the party president, regional chairs, board members, National Party staff, our MPs, our candidates, and most importantly, you – the delegates, ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>


APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels