September 02, 2022
Petition calls for end to conversation land mining
Environmentalists say the Government has a chance to stop the damage mining is doing to the taiao.
Coromandel Watchdog yesterday delivered an 11,000 signature petition to Green environment spokesperson Eugenie Sage, whose bill banning mining on conservation land has just been pulled from the ballot.
Fellow Green MP Teanau Tuiono, who was at the event, says it shows there would be widespread public support for Labour to back the bill.
“We are in the middle of a biodiversity crisis. We are in the middle of a climate crisis. It makes no sense at all to be mining on the conservation state. It needs to stop. Eugenie (Sage) has a private member’s bill that will ensure that will happen so my word to the people around parliament, particularly the Labour Party, is to get behind and support that member’s bill,” he says.
Coromandel Watchdog chair Catherine Delahunty says at least 44 more mining companies had gained access to conservation land since 2107, when the Labour Government promised to stop all new mining activity.