20, Aug, 2005

Labour challenged to make environment 7th pledge

Category: ECO Inc

Three national environmental organisations have challenged the Labour Party to make their seventh pledge an environmental one.

Representatives of Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO), Forest and Bird and Greenpeace said this would be a positive sign that safeguarding New Zealand’s environment is a political priority. New Zealand’s economy relies heavily on our clean green image, healthy environment, adequate fish stocks, clean water and extensive public conservation lands, they said.

"Last year’s Growth and Innovation Board survey showed New Zealanders don't want economic growth to impact on their quality of life or New Zealand's environment. Most politicians have ignored this message and its time that changed," said Forest and Bird’s Conservation Manager Kevin Hackwell.

“New Zealanders from all walks of life are involved in projects to clean up the environment and restore habitats for native plants and animals. It is important that this is backed by strong environmental leadership from central Government,” he said.

“We’ve seen public outrage over the proposal to burn coal in Marsden B power station and over the marine destruction caused by bottom trawling. In the lead up to the election, ECO, Forest and Bird and Greenpeace will be rating the politicians on these and other important environment and conservation issues,” said Cindy Baxter Campaign Manager for Greenpeace.

“New Zealanders want rivers they can safely swim in, plenty of fish in the sea, better oceans management and sustainable energy. These should be priorities for whichever parties form the Government after the election,” said co-chair of ECO Cath Wallace.

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