'Untouched beauty' under threat - Greens
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:45a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The Green Party is calling for world heritage areas to be completely off limits to mining.
The party says land which is “internationally recognised for its landscapes of untouched beauty” is under threat from mining and should be placed in Schedule 4 protection.
Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act is a list of the country’s most precious and high value conservation lands which are inaccessible for mining of exploration.
Upon questioning by the Green Party the Government recently said that it planned to undertake a $1.67 million survey of minerals on the West Coast, including within the Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand world heritage area.
Green Party mining spokesperson Catherine Delahunty says the survey shows the Government’s intent on mining in the area.
“Why would the Government spend taxpayer money to survey for minerals within a world heritage area unless the Government was prepared to dig it up?”
Ms Delahunty says mining these areas is not a smart way to grow the country’s economy.
“This Government should put all our world heritage land in Schedule 4 protection so that current and future generations of New Zealanders and tourists can enjoy these precious places instead of surveying it for the potential benefit of big mining interests.
“We can protect our ‘100% Pure’ brand valued at $20 billion, by keeping mining interests out of our UNESCO world heritage sites, and preserving the sites for generations to come.”
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8/07/2012 9:54:37 a.m.
@Kane.. take a deep breath and tell us how the Green Party would pay for health, education, welfare, border security, conservation and so on without an economy that reflects our resources, scale and distance from global markets? Oh, yeah, they can't!! With MPs like Delacunty, Hughes, Sage and the rest of the tired professional protesters, there isn't a show of creating worked out policies that will keep the country functioning at a sustainable level. Quite dreaming and realize that the so-call Green jobs are more of a liability than an asset. Not one of the Green proposals has been thoroughly costed and put alongside the other Green job ideas they unfortunately spell bankruptcy for NZ if adopted.
26/06/2012 6:45:32 p.m.
@carlos,wakeup from your skyscraper delusion!!
you have oviously never been out of NZ, other countries do not have the beautiful wild landscape we do! the surface can be restored afterwards?
are you serious?
or have you never ventured out of your skyscraper delusion??
hundreds of thousands of years ripped up for the preious dollar which will go stright to the pockets of rich fat cats and of which most of us will never see!!
auckland city im guessing...go for a drive down the west coast of the south island and you will see where the 20billion figure comes from.
i am shocked at how naive some people really are !
think of the future generations, not the botox you think you need!!!
26/06/2012 1:29:12 a.m.
Geraint Scott wrote:
Whether or not they have constituency seats is irrelevant, they received the vote of over 11% of NZers. Also, if the electorate was a fair and democratic system like PV then they would be able to win a few electorates. Carlos, you can't just repair the ground afterwards, what possible evidence do you have for that? And Stephen, the 100% pure brand is being "sold" all the time because the Government use it as their advertising ploy, and it works really well (as long as we actually are 100% pure, which the world is realising we most certainly are not)
25/06/2012 4:47:06 p.m.
Stephen Berry wrote:
Where does this $20 billion figure come from? If it can't be bought or sold then its value is zero.
25/06/2012 2:30:58 p.m.
I am sick and tired of the ruddy Greens constantly opposing everything to make our country wealthy. Like Carlos they have NO constituency seats and they are dictating, and stifling progress. Go and look after your snails.
25/06/2012 2:02:56 p.m.
If it's in the ground, let's get it out. The surface can be repaired/restored afterwards. The Greens are stopping progress in NZ....and have no constituency seats.
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