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Greens Urge Government To Stick To No New Mines Commitment In Stewardship Land Review And Reclassification


The Green Party is urging the Government to stick with
its 2017 commitment to no new mines on public conservation
land, as the Government speeds up the review and
reclassification process for stewardship land, which
comprises a third of the public conservation
estate.

“The Greens are pleased to see more progress
on reclassifying stewardship land, but we urge the
Government and the two regional panels to make sure
conservation principles, iwi Māori and the public interest
are at the heart of decision-making.

“The purpose of
the review must be to identify areas which deserve stronger
legal protection such as national park or scenic reserve
status to better protect their natural, cultural, historic
or recreation values for the future,” says Green Party
spokesperson for conservation Eugenie
Sage.

“Stewardship land is conservation land. The
Government must stick with its 2017 commitment to no new
mines on public conservation land.

“New Zealanders
want our conservation lands and waters, with their stunning
natural and cultural landscapes and indigenous plants and
wildlife, protected from bulldozers and
diggers.

“The Government must make sure the
reclassification process is not hijacked by mining and other
commercial development interests, which will push for
precious public conservation land to be sold off or removed
from the conservation estate for their own economic
gain.

“It would be a massive step backwards for
nature, te ao Māori, the cultural importance of
Papatūānuku, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty
settlement process if Aotearoa New Zealand was to lose any
of its public conservation estate to extractive industry and
commercial exploitation in the midst of a global
biodiversity crisis.”

“It would also be a huge hit
on our international reputation as we work towards better
caring for biodiversity and a zero carbon
future.”

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