Forest & Bird: Defending Nature
Our defence of the environment is critical and we can’t afford to not take up the important battles.
While thousands of Forest & Bird supporters fight environmental battles on the ground, tackling the invasion of pests and predators, the battle field has moved more and more to the court and committee rooms where we need to influence and maintain strong environmental legislation.
The fight for Te Kuha: coal has no future
Forest & Bird are going to the Environment Court to fight against a resource consent granted to a mining company that would allow 150ha of destruction on the mountain top of Te Kuha, a beautiful and isolated mountaintop in the Buller region, on the West Coast of the South Island.
A dangerous precedent
Forest & Bird are fighting a case over whether the Crown Mineral Act takes precedence over the Reserves Act. We believe the Reserves Act should protect our unique biodiversity here in New Zealand.
The implications of this case go far beyond Te Kuha’s pristine mountaintop. There are dozens of council reserves around the country that the public rightly expects to be protected. If the Crown Minerals Act can trump other legislation, this sets a dangerous precedent for land that we all thought was protected.
The court costs are high. But the cost to not take up this fight is far greater. Please make a contribution today.