Author: tjonescan

Sign Today! Petition to Save Te Kuha From Coal Mining Closes Thursday 24 January

Sign the petition here:   2017 was a year of terrible climate disruption worldwide, and 2018 isn’t starting off any better. Last week, there was a near-record storm surge in Thames. This week, Greymouth was hit by flash flooding. It’s astonishing and appalling that a Government that says all the right words about the need for action on climate change may nevertheless let a new coal mine go ahead on the West Coast, when it could stop that mine with the stroke of a pen. We’re calling on the responsible Ministers, Labour’s Megan Woods and the Greens’ Eugenie Sage,...

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Sign The Petition: Stop Te Kuha Coalmine

Sign the petition here: Read our press release:   The Buller District Council has just granted resource consent for Te Kuha mine, a 109 hectare opencast coal mine on the West Coast, but the government has yet to decide whether to allow the miners to take the top off the mountain – the 12 hectares that are part of the Mt Rochfort Conservation Park. The Department of Conservation has stated that this area is “recognised as nationally and internationally unique and for having very high ecological and conservation value.” It contains Great Spotted Kiwi and other rare and endangered...

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Press release: Te Kuha is first conservation test of new Government – Coal Action Network Aotearoa

The first test of whether there has been a real change in conservation policy will be the government’s decision on whether to allow a coal mining company to remove the mountaintop in a West Coast Conservation park, Coal Action Network Aotearoa said today. The Buller District Council has given the green light for the Te Kuha mine – a 109ha mine in the West Coast Water Conservation area  above Westport. The top 12ha of the mine – the top of the mountain – is in the Department of Conservation’s Mt Rochfort Conservation Area and, in DOC’s own words:  is “recognised as...

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Fonterra pledges 13 more years of new coal boilers

14 November 2017 Coal Action Network (CANA) has awarded Fonterra half a tick for at least acknowledging the importance of reducing its huge coal use but describes its programme as “hardly ambitious”. Spokesperson Jeanette Fitzsimons said today “CANA has been calling on Fonterra for several years to quit coal, including in several high level meetings. It’s about time they listened and took action.” Fonterra is the second largest user of coal in New Zealand, and its coal use to dehydrate milk has been growing fast. “Today’s announcement of no new coal boilers after 2030 is disappointingly  unambitious” said Ms Fitzsimons....

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The emperor’s new economics: how neoliberalism lets coal miners get away with making wild, unsupported claims about economic benefits

by Jane Young ‘Neoliberalism’ is one of those terms rarely used in a complimentary sense. In fact being described as a ‘neoliberalist’ tends to imply that your moral standing is only marginally above that of someone who steals from widows and orphans. Neoliberalism took a chokehold on New Zealand economic policy back in the 1980s and 90s, but does the emperor really have any clothes? A central tenet of neoliberal dogma is that business should be allowed to do its own thing while the government stays out of the way. If markets don’t exist in such areas as land,...

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