Just as we predicted back in August, the National Party is going to break a hard won consensus around Schedule 4 and punch holes in the most precious parts of our conservation estate.
Kiwis have already made it pretty clear that they don’t want this, but we will have to make our voices heard over the roar of the bulldozers.
Brownlee confirmed approximately $4 million worth of subsidies for mining companies to pick over areas such as Northland, the Coromandel, Paparoa National Park and Rakiura National Park in Stewart Island.
The Government is also going to change the way that Ministers grant mining permits on ordinary DoC land, with some people expressing fears that this will be done in secret.
I am sure that Metiria will be putting together a submission guide soon, but for those too angry to wait, go to the MED website for the full consultation document and submission information.