Public submissions closed yesterday on King Salmon Ltd’s controversial proposal for six new salmon farms on high-value sites in the Marlborough Sounds. The National Government is once again creating a special, industry-friendly process which favours developers and reduces environmental safeguards and community influence. Local iwi oppose new salmon farms Ngati Apa ki te Rā Tō […]
Currently there is a Bill going through Parliament that increases enforcement powers for wildlife officers. We are supporting it because we know that smuggling of precious and threatened wildlife is occurring and that our wildlife officers need more power to stop this. However we are also frustrated because National continues to ignore the fact the […]
This week is Conservation Week. We all benefit from conservation, so we all must play a part in protecting our future. 10 questions with Green MP Gareth Hughes.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been making a big deal about cuts to Conservation funding and the impact they are having on the work the Department of Conservation is charged with doing. Yet Maggie Barry, the Minister of Conservation, says I’ve got it all wrong. So I thought a review might be in order.
The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming Labour Government directed SOE and government forestry company, Timberlands West Coast Ltd to end its […]
The Government has a strategy to avoid protecting the environment, especially land set aside for its conservation values. It’s called “net conservation benefit” and the poster child of this disingenuous piece of spin is the Bathurst Resources agreement with DOC at the Denniston Plateau. As DOC is increasingly required to commercialise and mining is promoted, […]
This National Government is far too lax on biosecurity. I was reminded once again of this on my visit to Nelson yesterday to find out about how the eradication programme of the Great White Butterfly (GWB) is progressing. This voracious pest was found a few years ago for the first time in New Zealand. It […]
You might have spotted that DOC Director General Al Morrison is moving on. After overseeing job cuts and setting DOC on the track to commercialisation, he is moving on to fill the newly created role Deputy Commissioner Corporate Centre at the State Services Commission. There he will be overseeing the Government’s Better Private Public Services, […]
At its July meeting the West Coast Conservation Board decided unanimously to request the New Zealand Conservation Authority to use its powers under section 8 of the National Parks Act to investigate adding the Mokihinui River catchment to Kahurangi National Park. I have written to Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and asked her to request the […]
I was able to announce some good news for our native birds and trees today. The Greens are launching a $4 million pest control package working jointly with the Government to trial a promising new trap called the Henry. The origin for this project lay in our second Green New Deal package released last year. […]