Wed, 04 Jul 2012 6:20p.m.
One hundred people turned out on a freezing Te Anau morning to protest against plans to build a tunnel and a monorail link between Queenstown and Milford sound.
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5/07/2012 3:51:48 p.m.
Legal action was successful against the Minister of Conservation regarding her decision to decline the marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour because a few people fished there. A High Court Judicial Review quashed the Minister's decision and she is now required to look at the reserve in the wider context and remake her decision. Legal action was a good option for Akaroa particularly against this Minister who has a very strange view of the need for conservation. I hope that the Minister is learning that conservation IS important to ordinary people and that money/development/trashing the environment is what she should be opposed to. The Minister is ALWAYS reluctant to give time frames or connect with ordinary folk and is hardly ever available to comment to the media. In the interests of the National Party's 'balance' she will probably go for the anti-conservation option as it suits the political drift. I sincerely hope that the Fiordland protest is successful. Good luck.
5/07/2012 8:06:48 a.m.
Stephen Hoskin wrote:
The journey does not have to be an "arduous" 9 hour trip. There is a very pleasant 4 hour trip available from Te Anau right now. We do have accomodation down here. Tourists get duped into basing themselves in Queenstown by a well-funded marketing machine. Some make the journey from Queenstown to Fiordland 2 or 3 times thereby driving the same road up to 6 times. There is a much simpler solution: stay in Te Anau!
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