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Te Kuha mine site
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Te Kuha mine site. Credit: Neil Silverwood

Save Te Kuha

Te Kuha is at the centre of two court appeals over a proposed open cast mine inland from Westport.
The mine would permanently remove a forest-covered mountaintop clearly visible from the iconic Buller Gorge and Westport, and permanently damage about 150 hectares of a rare and pristine landscape.

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.

A dangerous precedent

Forest & Bird are appealing a High Court decision that gives the Crown Mineral Act 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. And none of them are from mining.  This will set a dangerous precedent for land that we all though was protected.

The court costs are high. But the cost to not take up this fight is far greater.  Please make a contribution today.

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Please help us fight to save Te Kuha by making a donation
Please help us fight to save Te Kuha by making a donation