Parliament

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

 

Dead native bird symbolises National Conservation

A dead kereru (native pigeon) was an unexpected addition to the National Party's launch of its Conservation Policy on the West Coast today.

Protesters said the bird symbolised the utter hypocrisy of National's visit to a kiwi breeding facility to launch the policy. Native Forest Action Spokespers on Peter Russell said the National Government has shown abysmal concern for conservation. "National has aggressively supported Rainforest logging by Timberlands West Coast and has severely underfunded the Department of Conservation" Mr Russell said.

"We wanted to demonstrate graphically what National's policies really mean for native wildlife" said Mr Russell. The kereru had died after flying into a window.

The protesters intended to hand the bird over to the Department of Conservation for research purposes but it was confiscated by the police on the scene. "We feel it was reasonable to use of the bird to help stop further degradation of other threatened species' habitats" said Mr Russell. "Mrs Shipley's kiwi fondling foray was just a cheap PR stunt designed to make voters think National is in touch with nature. The truth is they've only shown an in terest in conservation when there's publicity in it."

As the protesters presented the kereru, Mr Russell said "welcome Mrs Shipley and Mr Smith. We want you to know we think it's very hypocritical of you to use this kiwi breeding facility for publicity. Your Government has neglected conservation terribly and has energetically backed Timberlands' log ging of kiwi habitat. We present you with this beautiful, but dead, kereru as a symbol of your government's efforts to push threatened species further towards extinction. It's disgusting that you're only giving attention to wildlife conservation as a cheap photo opportunity for an election campai gn."

Reporters asked how the Prime Minister justified the State Owned Enterprise logging kiwi habitat.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Tourism’s Endless Sense Of Grievance

Sad that a once in a century pandemic should have come along before the government had a clearly thought out plan for rescuing all the firms and saving all the jobs in the tourism sector. Sad that the government now looks like it was making up the criteria for support as it went along. But guess what? To some extent, they were. Possibly because in the modern era, a pandemic had never before caused international travel to evaporate almost overnight... More>>

 

PREFU: Economy Doing Better Than Forecast

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released today shows that the near-term economic recovery has been stronger than the Treasury and many economists predicted at the May Budget, as the economy bounced back strongly out of lockdown... More>>

ALSO:


PM Statement: Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level Review

Takiri mai te ata, ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea, tihei mauriora! Tātou katoa ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou! Tēnā tātou e whakanuia ana i te wiki nei, te wiki o te reo Māori Greeting to you all from Otepoti, Dunedin. This week is the Māori ... More>>

ALSO:

Greens: $297m Fund To Support Sustainable Food And Farming

The Green Party has released its Farming for the Future Plan, including a $297m fund to support farmers and growers to transition to climate-friendly practices. The plan will: · Improve how we look after our land and water, with a levy on the ... More>>

ALSO:

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>

ALSO:

NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

National: Investing In Our Children’s Future

A National Government will prioritise lifting achievement for all New Zealand children, no matter their background or ability, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s Education spokesperson Nicola Willis say. “Parents just want what’s best for ... More>>

Police: Numerous Arrests Following Investigation Into Historical Offending At Auckland School

Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff Baber, Auckland City Police: Police have made six arrests as part of an operation investigating historical offending at Dilworth School. Auckland City Criminal Investigation Branch have been investigating since a complaint ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels