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STOP the War on Nature

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Why it matters

Thank you to all 13,489 supporters who signed Forest & Bird's quick submission against the Fast-track Approvals Bill – and to all those who made full submissions against the Bill. 

We're now calling on this Government to be open and transparent by releasing the full list of projects they plan to fast-track. 

Sign the petition calling on the Govt to release the list of fast-track projects

Read Forest & Bird's submission against the Fast-track Approvals Bill:

Submissions closed on Friday 19 April, but this fight is not over yet! 
With your support we will continue to speak up.

Donate now to support the fight for nature


Join the March for Nature

Forest & Bird invites you to join Chief Executive Nicola Toki and the team, as well as supporters from other environmental groups across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, to March for Nature down Queen Street on Saturday 8 June in a peaceful protest against the coalition Government’s war on nature. 

Date | Saturday 8 June 2024 
Time | 1pm 
Location | Aotea Square, Queen Street 
RSVP | Register here or RSVP on Facebook

Greenpeace Aotearoa, Forest & Bird, Communities Against Fast Track (CAFT), Coromandel Watchdog, WWF-New Zealand, and Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM), Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki and Communities Against the Fast-Track (C.A.F.T.), mana whenua, and many more are marching because the Fast-track Approvals Bill is at the heart of this Government's systematic war on nature. This is an attack on environmental protections critical to preserving freshwater, forests, oceans, and wildlife.

Resources to help spread the word

We realise attending in person will not be possible for many of you, but whether or not you can join the March for Nature, we would still love your support to raise the event's profile, and why we are marching, in your local community. 

Print out and put up posters

Choose from a range of designs and sizes made by both Greenpeace and Forest & Bird. Print 'em out and share 'em on noticeboards in your library, church, community centre, or in shop windows if retailers agree.

Note: If you are printing the posters on a home printer, we suggest you download and open with a PDF reader (such as Adobe). When printing you may have to tick 'fit to page' or 'shrink oversized pages' to ensure it prints as A4, depending on your set up.

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Share on social media

We've made some neat graphics featuring iconic New Zealand wildlife (see example above). Download and share to social media - and don't forget to include the Facebook event link
 
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Remember you can also

  • Sign our petition demanding the Government release a list of the environmentally damaging projects it wants to approve under its proposed Fast-track Approvals Bill.
  • Donate to Stop the War on Nature

    This is our chance to show the coalition Government that we cannot stand by and allow precious and endangered wildlife be condemned to extinction, watch native forests be destroyed, or let rivers, lakes and oceans be polluted. 


Background

On 7 March 2024 the Government introduced a new Bill to Parliament (under urgency) called the Fast-track Approvals Bill.

The Fast-track Approvals Bill is an omnibus bill. It proposes to establish a permanent fast track approvals regime for a range of infrastructure, housing and development projects that are considered to have significant regional or national benefits. Read more here.

Forest & Bird believes this new bill is anti-nature, anti-democracy, and will leave a mess for future governments to clean up

The Bill will override the Conservation Act, Reserves Act, and Wildlife Act, as well as the RMA and law governing the Exclusive Economic Zone. It would also allow Ministers to refer developments – ranging from aquaculture, dams and mining as well as roading and housing – to an expert panel which only has the ability to make recommendations to the Minister.   Ministers have the power to greenlight projects and ignore the panel as they see fit. 

Learn more about what the Fast-track Approvals Bill means for te taiao nature

Read our Fast-track Approvals Bill Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Media statements

Forest & Bird in the media

What can you do

We're facing our biggest ever fight for Aotearoa New Zealand’s environment and we need your help to stop this anti-democratic, anti-nature law!

Submissions closed on Friday 19 April, but you can still send a letter to your local MP demanding to see the list of developments that may be coming to your community (and that Government is still refusing to confirm). 

It's important that local MPs, especially those that are part of the Coalition Government, know that their constituents oppose this Bill.  The best way of doing that right now is writing to them directly. To make things easy, we've created a template letter you can use to write them. You can download it using the link below.

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You can let your local MP know that you oppose this legislation and ask them to provide you with information on which developments in your community are on the list. 

 

Previous resources on making submissions

Watch our fast-track webinar (21 March 2024)

Watch our submission workshop webinar (4 April 2024)

Our oral submission to the Environment Select Committee - 2 May 2024


Read our fast-track submission guide.

Nature needs your support

Supporting Forest & Bird is one of the best things you can do for New Zealand's environment. We need people like you to support us, so that nature will always have a voice.

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