Photo: A Denniston BioBlitzer. David Brooks.
Emeritus Professor in plant ecology Sir Alan Mark and Forest & Bird’s Top of the South Field Officer, Debs Martin, will be leading a day trip to the threatened Denniston Plateau on 30 September. The tour will cover the proposed mine site as well as other key biodiversity hot spots. Participants will get the chance to meet threatened green geckoes, powelliphanta snails and great spotted kiwi that live on this dramatic, windswept plateau. Those interested will have to provide their own accommodation and transport. Register your interest with Debs Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The United Future and Maori parties, both government coalition partners, have withdrawn their support for the planned changes to the principles of the Resource Management Act. A joint statement from the parties said that commercial interests should not be able to override the environmental principles of the RMA, and that the RMA’s core emphasis on sustainability must remain. The two parties have put the government on notice that there is widespread determination to stand up for the RMA, and all that it does for us as New Zealanders.
But of course the threat to the RMA is still very real. There’s still a high likelihood that a draft of a bill will come out later this year that would still fundamentally change the nature of the RMA. If that happens, the best and only option for keeping New Zealand the way we like it will be for the public to make submissions on the proposed bill, once submissions open. Please watch this space! Forest & Bird would like to thank all its supporters, and particularly those who have donated so generously to our ongoing RMA appeal, for enabling us to carry out the groundwork needed to help save the RMA.
Photo: Denniston Plateau, Craig Potton.
The Supreme Court has released its decision on an appeal – to which Forest & Bird was a party – that the consequences of climate change should be accounted for when consent is being considered for developments that will generate greenhouse gases. The Court found against us. This has obvious implications for the Denniston Plateau, which was core to our case. But Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, the most senior judge in the country, agreed with our argument in her minority judgement that the effects of climate change should be considered in such consents. You can read more about the case here .