Tell the Government you want Northland’s precious wetlands protected from swamp kauri mining.
Dear Ministers Nathan Guy and Nick Smith,
I value Northland’s remaining wetlands and our ancient buried kauri forests. They are taonga which deserve protection.
Ancient swamp kauri trees are scarce and valuable. Once mined and exported, they are gone forever. The purpose of the law is to promote sustainable management. What’s happening in Northland is not sustainable.
Recently announced changes won’t do anything to curtail this destructive trade or to protect our remaining wetlands and these ancient buried trees.
A moratorium on the mining and export of ancient swamp kauri would allow public concerns about wetland destruction and illegal exports to be investigated thoroughly.
An urgent independent inquiry should find out why Northland Regional Council is allowing wetlands to be dug up and why MPI is allowing this destructive export trade, and whether stronger laws are needed.
If you implement a moratorium and urgent inquiry you can help restore public confidence that no one is above the law, and that our laws are enforced to protect what’s important – our wetlands and local jobs in Northland.
Eugenie Sage MP
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Northland wetlands are being plundered. Long-buried ancient kauri trees are being mined and exported in a lucrative and destructive industry.
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has been allowing the export of ancient swamp kauri logs and planks, largely to China, but also to the USA and Europe, despite this being illegal under the Forests Act.
Pressure from the Green Party and environmental groups has forced the Government to make some small changes to the way the law is enforced.
But those changes are just tinkering around the edges and won’t do anything to curtail this destructive trade or to protect our remaining wetlands and these ancient buried trees.
The mining and export of ancient swamp kauri logs needs to stop and a Ministerial inquiry started to prevent more environmental destruction and the loss of New Zealand taonga.