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


Delay to dolphin rescue plan irresponsible during extinction

Greenpeace says further delays to the Māui and Hector’s dolphin Threat Management Plan (TMP) is an irresponsible move that could push the vulnerable species closer to extinction.

The Government announced on Thursday that the TMP will be delayed, with a decision expected in the coming months.

Jessica Desmond, oceans campaigner at Greenpeace, says this delay could mean further dolphin deaths this summer, putting an already fragile species at further risk.

"There are as few as 15 breeding age Māui females left in New Zealand. If we have just one bycatch event over the summer season, these animals really could be past the point of saving," she says.

"We know what we have to do to save these dolphins, the science is very clear. We need a ban on set net and trawl fishing out to 100 metres depth in the entire dolphin habitat. Anything less means extinction.

"There have been numerous delays throughout this TMP process, and the lack of urgency to save our native dolphins is pretty hard to defend. Especially considering commercial fishing companies are still out there operating in dolphin habitats, putting them at risk.

"Māui and Hector’s dolphins are only found in Aotearoa, and despite the extinction crisis we face, not enough is being done to protect them, and nowhere near fast enough."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Chilling The Warm Fuzzies About The US/China Trade Deal

Hold the champagne, folks. This week’s China/US deal is more about a change in tone between the world’s two biggest economies – thank goodness they’re not slapping more tariffs on each other! - than a landmark change in substance. The high walls of US and Chinese tariffs built in recent years will largely remain intact, and few economists are predicting the deal will significantly boost the growth prospects for a slowing US economy. As the New York Times noted this morning, the likes of New Zealand will still face the trade barriers imposed by the Trump administration during the recent rounds of fighting. More>>


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>


Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>


In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.


Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>






InfoPages News Channels