The Grey District Council is considering a proposal to break out the chainsaws and allow logging of native forest on three Council reserves. This would renege on the expectation when the Government gave the West Coast $120 million in 2001 that native forest logging on public land had ended for good.
West Coast rain forests should echo with birdsong, not ring to the sound of chainsaws.
The proposal is to log and remove ancient native rimu and beech trees from steep hillsides at Mt Buckley and Mt Sewell in the Grey Valley and at Lake Brunner’s Cashmere Bay.
When trees like rimu and beech take centuries to grow, logging them is not “sustainable.”
These forests are likely to provide habitat for threatened birds like kaka and kakariki/parakeets, pekapeka/bats and other special wildlife. Logging will destroy habitat for our precious native plants and wildlife, scar the landscape, and re-invigorate the native forest logging industry which was winding down.
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Dear Mayor Kokshoorn, Grey District Council
Thank you for inviting public comment on proposals to log native forest in three Council reserves. New Zealanders don’t want to return to the days where our pristine, ancient forests were destroyed by logging. We ask that Grey District Council reject the proposal to open up West Coast native forests on Council land to logging.
Protecting our primeval native forests is now more essential than ever. New Zealand has a biodiversity crisis. We need to safeguard the forests where native plants and wildlife threatened with extinction live. These forests are also critical to the health of our environment as they soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help keep our planet cool.
We will not create sustained prosperity on the West Coast by returning to last century’s destructive, extractive industries that provide short term jobs for a few and send profits off-shore.
Tourism generates millions of dollars each year on West Coast. Visitors are drawn to the Coast’s magnificent natural environment, its forests, lakes, coast and scenic landscapes. They come to experience the people and nature in the raw.
Is it really worth putting all of this at risk for a project that will generate just $100,000 for the council?
Our water rules are not exactly water tight!
Right now companies can use huge amounts of our water for next to nothing, and make money out of it.
That's not fair - water is precious, and many of our rivers and aquifers are being polluted and are under stress.
Bill English has tried to dampen public outrage by getting an advisory group to look at it. But he won’t commit to doing anything despite knowing we need to act now.
The Green Party says that if they’re taking it, and they’re profiting from it, they should pay for it!
That money can then go to Regional Councils and Tangata Whenua to support the important work they do.
If you agree, please sign our petition calling for a charge on the commercial use of water.
Doing so will help protect fresh water for future generations! Tiakina ngā wai.
That the House of Representatives put a fair price on the commercial use of water, such as for bottling water for sale and for irrigation.
The Green Party supports universal te reo Māori in all public schools. We have a responsibility to ensure that our indigenous language thrives in Aotearoa, and introducing all children to it at school is the best way to make that happen. Learning a second language has proven benefits for children, as does Māori students being immersed in their own culture. Learning a language is also a fantastic way to respect, value and connect with a culture that isn’t your own.
We request that the House of Representatives support all children in Aotearoa New Zealand learning te reo Māori in their school
He tono tā mātou, me kaha tautoko e te Whare Pāremata ko te reo Māori me ōna tini tikanga hei kaupapa matua i ngā kura katoa o Aotearoa nei
KiwiRail’s has decided it will replace our electric freight trains in the North Island with dirty diesel trains.
That means not only more climate pollution, but ultimately a slower and more expensive rail service on the North Island that will see more freight move onto road.
At a time when New Zealand needs to be investing in low carbon infrastructure, replacing electric trains with diesel ones is the ultimate example of short-term thinking.
It's not too late to stop this going ahead. The decision has only been made in principle and it will take a number of months before the purchase new diesel trains can be signed off.
Please sign this petition asking Parliament to review KiwiRail’s decision to replace electric trains with diesel ones.
When we present this petition to Parliament our MPs will have the chance to debate this issue in select committee, including – if the select committee decides – to hear submissions, then report back to Parliament. We use this opportunity to put pressure on Kiwirail, and the Government to overturn their decision.
We request that the House of Representatives review KiwiRail's decision to replace its electric freight trains with diesel locomotives.
Just like with your clothes and shoes, you should have the right to know where your food comes from.
Add your name to our call for mandatory Country of Origin Labelling of food in New Zealand. Australia does it, we can too.
We request that the House of Representatives support country origin labelling of food in New Zealand.
Planning has started for a six lane car tunnel under Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour. An electric train crossing would carry more people, cost less and cut climate pollution. Because of people like you, the City Rail Link is now underway. We know that when Aucklanders turn out in their thousands, we can make the Government listen.
Photo: By Sitedmambo - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
The Green Party is calling for trains to the Shore. Sign if you agree.
The Government’s new block offer will open up another half a million square kilometres of our oceans to oil drilling, including part of the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin marine sanctuary.
4,242 sq km of the Maui’s dolphin sanctuary – roughly a third of its total area – is up for grabs by oil and mining companies.
National's decision to open up another half a million square kilometres to mining smacks of desperation from a Government that doesn’t know how to build a sustainable, 21st century economy.
With just 63 Maui’s dolphins left, it is hugely irresponsible to offer drilling permits in a third of the sanctuary where they live.
The Greens in Government will promote transformative clean energy projects to end reliance on the fossil fuels that cause climate change, not oversee desperate attempts to dig more up.
Sign our petition to the Energy and Resources Minister and help protect the Maui's dolphin marine sanctuary.
To the Energy and Resources Minister, do not grant any exploration permits in the Maui’s sanctuary
The Green Party will restore funding to the Department of Conservation (DOC), and ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand's wild places and unique animals are protected.