National Parks, not National’s Parks

A very successful protest rally at Parliament today brought it home to the Government that there is serious, committed and organised opposition to their proposals to take Schedule 4 lands off the Department of Conservation Protection list.

Forest and Bird, Greenpeace, both the Green Party and Labour MP’s, The Coromandel Watchdogs, and environmental activists from many other smaller organisations were present to argue for restraint – and particularly, for John Key and Gerry Brownlie to be restrained, preferably by Minister for Conservation Kate Wilkinson, but if not so, then by the people of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Forest and Bird had a table going with leaflets and submission guides to help those who wished to make a submission on the Mining proposal. There were simple, instant submissions that people could sign on the spot, too.
For those who want more info, or to write a more personal submission, here are the links:
Forest and Bird quick submission form
Answer the Government’s questions online
Or you can send an e-mail to the Government about your thoughts on the Schedule 4 proposals, to schedule4(at)med.govt.nz
It’s suggested that comments sent be done as e-mail attachments.

There is a submission guide by Metiria Turei up on the Greens website, here.

And finally, some great shots of the protest were published on Scoop.

Green MP's en garde

Green MP's en garde

Metiria speaking, surrounded by media crush

Metiria speaking, surrounded by media crush

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