Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Generation Zero stand with the Tūpuna Maunga Authority

Youth climate campaigners Generation Zero stand with the Tūpuna Maunga Authority

Generation Zero supports the Tūpuna Maunga Authority in its plan to restore native bush to Ōwairaka. The Authority has decided to remove 345 exotic trees on Ōwairaka in order to plant 13,000 native trees and plants. This decision forms part of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority’s wider cultural restoration plan for the maunga under its guardianship.

“As youth climate campaigners, Generation Zero supports this plan as part of our commitment to promoting biodiversity and connecting native ecological networks among maunga,” says Generation Zero member Ana Renker-Darby.

A group at Ōwairaka is currently protesting the Tūpuna Maunga Authority’s plans. Generation Zero believes that this group is misguided in their resistance. This protest undermines and disrespects the authority of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority to make decisions about the care of the maunga on behalf of mana whenua.

Generation Zero is committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and recognising Tūpuna Maunga Authority as kaitiaki of the maunga. They tautoko the Tūpuna Maunga Authority as the best group to make decisions about the future of the maunga: spiritually, culturally, and environmentally.

“We firmly believe that climate justice must involve indigenous leadership, and in this case in Aotearoa, that involves upholding the tino rangatiratanga of tangata whenua,” says Renker-Darby.

While Generation Zero is a climate action organisation, they do not believe the climate arguments being used against mana whenua are justifiable. The protestors are misguided in using the climate emergency to justify saving mature exotic trees from being removed.

Tree removal may remove carbon storage, but the stores that are being removed are being replaced 37 fold in the form of native trees. In addition to regenerating the native ecology of the maunga, their youth means they will also sequester more carbon dioxide compared to mature trees. Without indigenous wisdom and leadership, there can be no climate justice.

Although increasing biomass is one way of addressing existing atmospheric carbon, Generation Zero’s goal is ultimately to reduce Aotearoa’s carbon emissions. “We seek to achieve this by advocating for climate-responsive legal frameworks, actionable plans and campaigning for urban development and infrastructure that is conducive to a zero carbon future.”

“We encourage all of our supporters to refrain from attending the protests and instead show your support for the awesome rangatahi fighting for climate justice such as Te Ara Whatu (https://www.facebook.com/tearawhatu/), Te Ohu Mana Rangatahi (https://www.facebook.com/TeOhuManaRangatahi/), Para Kore Ki Tāmaki (https://www.facebook.com/Para.Kore.Ki.Tamaki/) and Pipiri Ki a Papatūānuku (https://www.pipirikiapapatuanuku.org).”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

RNZ Live Blog: Eruption At Whakaari / White Island

An eruption has occured on Whakaari / White Island in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, sending a huge plume of smoke and ash into the sky.More>>

Police Update: Five Confirmed Dead - Eight People Unaccounted For
Work has continued overnight to respond to the eruption on White Island. Enquiries with tour operators indicate that 47 people were on White Island at the time of the eruption. Police can now advise that in addition to the five people confirmed deceased, eight people remain unaccounted for following the eruption. More>>


Big, Bold, Permanent Change Needed: Children's Commissioner On 2019 Child Poverty Monitor

“I want to see family incomes dramatically raised by increasing benefits and making the minimum wage a living wage. And the Government needs to move much faster at increasing the supply of social housing..." More>>


RNZ Live Updates: Weather Mayhem Strands Tourists; Major Roads Closed

Hundreds of tourists are stranded on the West Coast, and on the other side of the South Island a flood-damaged bridge has closed State Highway 1, after a weekend of torrential rain... More>>


Policing: Armoured Specialist Police Vehicles

New Zealand Police has taken delivery of three Armoured Special Purpose Vehicles. The vehicles are unmarked and look like standard Toyota Land cruisers... They will not be used for patrol. More>>

Single Use PVC And Polystyrene Out: Next Steps On Plastic Waste

The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. More>>


Faafoi Statement: Minister's Suspicious Immigration Texts

I have apologised to the Prime Minister and understand I have let her down in regards to my dealings with Jason Kerrison over an immigration matter concerning his family. 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>>






InfoPages News Channels