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27, Aug, 2005

Conservation and environment organizations launch voters’ guide


Category: ECO Inc

Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO), Forest and Bird and Greenpeace will be launching a voters’ guide to where political parties stand on conservation and environment issues at 10.00am on Monday 29 August at Turnbull House, Wellington as the centre-piece of their ‘Vote for the Environment’ campaign.

The wallet card voters’ guide rates political parties on 12 conservation and environment issues and also provides an overall assessment. The assessment is based on answers political parties gave to 59 questions on conservation and environmental policies.

The assessment in the voters’ guide reveals significant differences between the two main political parties as well as significant differences between the major parties’ coalition partners.

RSVP to Katie Grinsted at vote@environmentvote.org.nz or phone 04 801 2763 (or just turn up).

More information: www.environmentvote.org.nz

Illustrations and materials: A PDF file of the wallet card voters’ guide with the political party assessments will be available by mid-day Monday 29 August. Hard copies will be available at the launch. Photos of a banner on top of Mt Ngauruhoe are available on request.

Issues

The 12 issues for Vote for the Environment are:

· Improving New Zealand’s biosecurity · Making New Zealand’s energy system climate friendly and sustainable · Expanding education for sustainability · Improving environmental management · Protecting our lakes, rivers and streams · Keeping genetically modified organisms in the lab · Creating more high country parks · Advancing international environmental efforts · Tackling the oceans and fisheries crisis · Ensuring DOC has the resources and support it needs · Improving public access for recreation · Cleaning up and preventing toxic pollution

Contact: Kevin Hackwell, Conservation Manager, Forest and Bird: 021 227 8420 Cindy Baxter, Campaign Manager, Greenpeace: 021 772 661 Cath Wallace, Co-Chair, ECO: 021 891 994