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Mining Schedule 4 land in National parks
Posted April 14th, 2010
By Beth Bryant
Our protected areas must remain protected. These areas all have outstanding conservation values, which is why they were protected in the first place! Native forests are becoming rare - and special - world wide.
Schedule 4 was put in place by the National Government to protect and safeguard the future of our core conservation areas. It would appear irresponsible to reverse this decision. Public
conservation land is held in trust by the Minister of
Conservation on behalf of the New Zealand public.
Department of Conservation budget cut of $53 million should
be restored to help the department carry out its
central role in protecting and maintaining our public
conservation land, plants and animals. It is inappropriate to
fund a conservation body with mining royalties!
the government subsidising mining companies by
spending $4million to investigate mineral potential in our
core public conservation areas? These areas must remain
protected now and for future generations. These areas belong
to the people of Aoteroa for recreation and tourism-
not for mining. Mining will affect tourism, which is
a very large income earner for this district of
Mining is the only activity that is exempt from public
processes. This position should be corrected now. We need to
be notified of applications for access to mining on
any public conservation land. In addition, all open
cast mining and tailing dams on public conservation
land should be prohibited - by a law change.
water leaves the Kahurangi National Park in pristine
Please help protect our National Parks by
making a submission.
NOTE: DEADLINE for submissions on
mining schedule 4 areas is 4th May (submissions should be
in post by 30th April)
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