I glanced out my window this afternoon and was alarmed to see Parliament lawn swarming with menacing figures dressed in white suits and armed with metal detectors, seemingly prospecting one of New Zealand’s finest heritage sites for minerals.
Fortunately it was a bunch of Green supporters turning the tables on the Government, in a stunt marking the launch of our petition opposing plans to steal our most precious conservation lands for mining.
So I hopped on down in time to hear Metiria give a poignant speech that touched on the origins of New Zealand’s first National Park, Tongariro, which was gifted to the Crown by Tuwharetoa in 1887 to forever protect the sacred mountains from development. It was a timely reminder of the hard work, faith and trust that has gone into protecting special and unique places around the country over many generations.
This week is Conservation Week, with the theme ‘Get Involved: Who knows?’ . This is a time for celebrating what is beautiful and precious about our natural heritage, but the conservation movement and all those people who cherish our conservation estate for recreation, education, relaxation and renewal are now plunged into defending it all over again from a Government hell-bent on sacrificing our common heritage for short-term profit. So yeah, get involved, sign our petition!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the prospectors turned up little of interest, just a few old dinosaur fossils.