Tuesday 21 February 2012, 7.00 pm
256 Wicksteed St., Whanganui


  • Kevin Hackwell – Ecologist
  • Esther Williams – Forest & Bird Society
  • Jonah Marinovich – Talking about his experiences of camping and protesting in and around the Upper Waimangaroa Valley, as part of the Save Happy Valley Coalition campaign against Solid Energy’s Cypress coal mine.

Come along to hear about this amazing area – all welcome!

The spectacular Denniston Plateau is threatened with a 160-hectare open-cast coal mine. If it goes ahead, it will be the largest coal mine on public conservation land.  The government, breaking its pre-election promise, has failed to publicly notify the access arrangement for the coal mine for public consultation.

With its great spotted kiwi, West Coast geckos, kaka, giant land snails and other special animals and plants, the wild Denniston Plateau has been identified by DoC as a priority site for biodiversity protection. Forest and Bird are campaigning for this area to be protected in a reserve.

To send John Key an e-card:

To sign e-petition:

To print hard copy petition:

Other ways to help:
Writing to the Minister of Convervation, Hon Kate Wilkinson, asking her to protect the Denniston Plateau in a reserve and notify any access arrangements for public consultation, and contacting MPs and discussing this issue with them.

Email kathryn1844@gmail.com if you want to do some of these together!