In 2017, the new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised through the Speech from the Throne that there would be no new mines on conservation land. This promise remains unfulfilled.
Five years later, the Crown Minerals (Prohibition of Mining) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot box. This bill would prevent new mining permits being granted on conservation land. It would also prevent new coal mining permits from being granted on any land in New Zealand after 1 January 2025.
This bill is the Prime Minister’s chance to fulfil her 2017 promise. Ending mining on conservation land would be a powerful legacy and investment in the future.