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 species and plants.
We have until the end of January to make it clear that Te Kuha and all new coal projects are not Aotearoa’s future, so we have teamed up with Coal Action Network to stop this project in its tracks. But we need your help: If enough of us tell our ministers that coal is not our future, they will have to listen to us! Please sign our petition below:
To: Hon Dr Megan Woods (Minister of Energy & Resources), and Hon Eugenie Sage (Minister of Conservation)
We call on you to deliver on your commitments to climate change and conservation and rule out the access to the Mt Rochfort Conservation Park for the Te Kuha coal mine that has just been granted resource consent by the Buller District Council.
The climate implications of Te Kuha mine reach much further than the West Coast. This is an issue that impacts our whole nation, our neighbours in the Pacific, and our global commitments. We risk significant damage to our international reputation if the government claims to be ready to lead on climate change, yet allows new coal mines under their watch. We also need to continue to protect the Conservation Estate from mining.
We understand the need to create employment opportunities on the West Coast, and we encourage the government to address this and help the region create sustainable, safe, and long-term livelihoods, that don’t come at the cost of the climate or our endangered species.
We urge you to step up show leadership for the long-term future of Aotearoa.