Tourism Minister John Key and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry must act urgently and decisively to assure trampers on all Great Walks that every bridge will be checked as soon as possible for safety, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.
“It is a huge relief the four overseas tourists on the Lake Waikaremoana bridge that failed yesterday landed in water and were uninjured. This is good luck not good management. Our reputation cannot rely on luck.
The Minister’s claim that a botched cull of one of New Zealand’s rarest birds was a way of getting all New Zealanders involved in conservation is offensive and ludicrous, Labour’s conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.
“An email from Minister Maggie Barry’s office over the destruction of four flightless takahe during a pukeko cull on Motutapu Island says the New Zealand Deerstalker’s Association hunters were contracted to do the job to spread the conservation message and not because of any funding cuts.
It beggars belief that four endangered takahe were killed by incompetent cullers contracted to the Department of Conservation and the Minister must explain this wanton destruction, says Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.
“It must not be forgotten that there are only 263 of these unique birds left on the planet.
Labour's Associate Environment spokesperson Phil Twyford says he welcomes the Government's adoption of Labour's policy for a National Policy Statement on urban development, and has called on the Government to take up Labour's offer to work together on these issues.
"National has been blaming the RMA for the housing crisis for nine years now. Although we only have vague intentions from Nick Smith's speech today, if he does produce a National Policy Statement it will be the first bit of real action on this issue after their years of rhetoric.
The Department of Conservation will need more than just another restructuring in order to improve its performance, according to a damning “Workplace Engagement Survey” with only one in four staff believing that the organisation has a clear vision of where it’s going and how it’s going to get there, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.
“These survey results are a damning reflection on the lack of leadership shown by the Minister of Conservation in an area that is critical to the well-being of our environment and our international reputation. We have been let down by the Minister and the staff in the Department clearly feel let down as well.
New Zealand’s climate change targets have been greeted with derision by an international group of scientists, proving the government has tarnished our clean green image, says Labour’s Climate Spokesperson Megan Woods.
“Climate Action Tracker, a group of international climate scientists, has slammed New Zealand for ‘not doing its fair share’ on climate change, after the Government announced weak climate targets.