Greens announce marine animal sanctuary policy

The Greens have just announced a policy to create a marine mammal sanctuary of the South Taranaki coast, where there are contentious plans to allow offshore seabed mining.

Green Party announces plan for largest-ever marine mammal sanctuary

The Green Party today announced that, in government, it will create New Zealand’s largest marine mammal sanctuary, to protect a blue whale feeding ground off the South Taranaki coast from destructive activities, including seabed iron sands mining.

Green Party leader James Shaw made the announcement together with Ngāti Ruanui on a beach near Patea, Taranaki, where people formed a human chain to show their opposition to a recently granted seabed mining permit off the coast.

“Critically endangered blue whales are the largest animals on the planet and in government the Greens will protect them, instead of allowing seabed mining and oil drilling near where they feed,” said Mr Shaw.

“Iron sand seabed mining vacuums up the seabed, filters out minerals, and then dumps the mud back into the ocean. For the whales, it’s like someone dumping the contents of a vacuum cleaner onto their dinner plates.

“Thousands of New Zealanders have spoken out against seabed mining and today we are standing with them to say that in government, the Greens will always protect our marine environment.

“We have been working with Ngāti Ruanui and other affected communities to develop a plan that will stop destructive seabed mining from putting blue whales at risk. In government we will continue to negotiate with all interested iwi and other groups to get this sanctuary in place.

“At around 30,000 square km, this will be New Zealand’s largest marine mammal sanctuary. We will finalise the boundaries working with iwi, communities, the Department of Conservation, and other experts.

“Blue whales and 37 other species of marine mammals live in this area, which National has been happy to sell off to the highest bidder to drill and mine.

“One hundred years ago, there were more than ten times the blue whales there than there are now. It’s time to stop taking them for granted.

“Preventing new mining and oil drilling will also reduce the risk of an oil spill on our beaches and coasts.

“The Green Party’s marine mammal sanctuary for blue whales provides a win-win opportunity: protect the environment and potentially create sustainable local jobs through new eco-tourism ventures, such as whale watching,” said Mr Shaw.

This is an aspirational policy.

  • There is no guarantee that Greens will survive and remain in Parliament.
  • There is no guarantee that Greens will get into Government.
  • There is no guarantee Greens will be able to implement any specific policy in any coalition agreement.

I suspect this policy won’t be at the top of the Green priority list if they get a chance to negotiate policies with the incoming Government, but if they are in a position to win a few crumbs this could be a policy that Labour and NZ First would agree to.

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  1. Gezza

     /  August 30, 2017

    This is an aspirational policy.

    As they may be on their last gasp after scoring possibly the biggest political own goal of any significant NZ political party in decades, perhaps it could be better described as a respirational or resuscitational policy? 😳

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  2. Gezza

     /  August 30, 2017

    Somebody else hurry up & post please. I know it’s early but I feel like I’m having to carry the place at the moment. 😠 Where’s my anti-fan? 🌸 😳

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    • pickled possum

       /  August 30, 2017

      Hahahaha Geeza Never fear the Prez of your fan club is Here. 😉

      “Blue whales and 37 other species of marine mammals live in this area, which National has been happy to sell off to the highest bidder to drill and mine.”

      “Iron sand seabed mining vacuums up the seabed, filters out minerals, and then dumps the mud back into the ocean. For the whales, it’s like someone dumping the contents of a vacuum cleaner onto their dinner plates.

      National said in the beginning the environment was not as important
      as Money money money … must have money.
      It’s a RICH Man’s world.

      “Critically endangered blue whales are the largest animals on the planet and in government the Greens will protect them, instead of allowing seabed mining and oil drilling near where they feed,”

      Hope so Greens
      The ocean covers 71% of this planet,
      When are we going to STOP polluting it and killing the sea life.
      Or will we have a revelation in retrospect 50 years on.

      We have lost so much thru humans farking around in the Moanaroa.
      https://www.livescience.com/22394-ocean-health-ranking.html

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      • Gezza

         /  August 30, 2017

        I luv it when ya talk dirty sis

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        • Gezza

           /  August 30, 2017

          Awesome to think Blue Whales frequent this area of my rohe moana…

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        • pickled possum

           /  August 30, 2017

          Geeza Well glad some-one appreciates my sometimes potty mouth. 😉

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          • Gezza

             /  August 30, 2017

            👍🏼 Don’t worry bout the dowticks sis. There’s wankers everywhere & summa them visit here.

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            • Gezza

               /  August 30, 2017

              And poss, one of them seems to enjoy repeat visits. Such a sweetie.
              🌸 😘

  3. Zedd

     /  August 30, 2017

    sounds like the green exec. heard the comments about; less social justice.. more enviro.

    yahoo

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  4. Gezza

     /  August 30, 2017

    👍🏼

    Reply

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