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Our national parks are too precious to mine
Dear Prime Minister,
I was annoyed to hear your "well they would be opposed wouldn’t they" comment on Radio Live this morning (2010-03-15) regarding this Forest & Bird campaign. It is possible to be supportive of economic development (including tourism) and regard mining in conservation areas to be a stupid move.
These special parts of New Zealand will create far more long-term wealth through tourism than they will ever do from traces of minerals. Low-impact mining is generally impossible in New Zealand because very large amounts of rock must be excavated to find tiny amounts of minerals.
A previous National government in 1997 decided to protect national parks and other core conservation areas from mining because they contain New Zealand's most significant landscapes, endangered plants and animals. I want to see them protected for future generations. Please make a commitment to continued protection of our national parks and core conservation areas.
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