Podcast: Mining our Sacred Places

The National Government are poised to do the unthinkable open up our most treasured places, our national parks and reserves to mining. Can they be serious? Didn’t we have this fight 100 years ago? Do New Zealanders really believe that no place is sacred if there’s a goldmine or a coalmine sitting underneath it? I talked to a number of Green MPs to find out why they treasure our last remaining wild spaces.

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5 Comments Posted

  1. The Hidey-hole is deep and wide and it’s sides slippery. Rodney has had plenty of practice digging holes, mostly in sand and up until now, just big enough to accomodate his head. He’s out-done himself this time!

    Tomfarmer – yes, it was a Perkasaurus that left it’s trotter-print in the now petrified mud-stone. That doomed creature was initially called an Entitledasaurus and became extinct when it’s brain became too calcified to control its behaviour. Sad, but true.

  2. hi greenfly,

    recently overheard was first dinosaur footprints in New Zealand.. and my immediate thought was of that hunched and bitter figure of yourn.. else the headline writer had gotten it wrong and missed out on this particular creature..

    still, there’s room enough for two… heh

  3. Rodney has dug a hole SO BIG that I doubt he’ll ever emerge from it. Funny thing is, hidden in the shadows at the very deepest point of his trough, is the hunched and bitter figure of Roger Douglas, hiding from the light of day, snuffling, peering down his nose, looking over his shoulder (not easy to do those two things at the same time, but neither is being both an Actoid and a trougher, as Rodney has spectacularly discovered).

  4. Note: National have recently announced that they are pushing back the decision on mining our national parks until February 2010. At that time there will be a six-week public consultation period which you can engage with. Send an e-mail to conservation@greens.org.nz if you’d like to be kept up to date with developments.

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