New MPA Act gives certainty to industries but not to future generations

09/03/2016
Poor knight reserve first light travel nzpam maps combined

Poor Knight Island Reserve from First Light Travel. Maps from NZPAM.

The new Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Act excludes the entire EEZ, continental shelf and all areas under petroleum and mineral licenses, from MPA consideration. The Ministers say this is to give certainty to industries, but what about certainty for future generations to have a healthy ocean to thrive on?  Please tell the government what you think. Send submissions by email to mpaconsultation@mfe.govt.nz before this Friday 11 March 5pm. Be sure to include “MPA Act consultation”, your name, address, tel and email. Alternatively use Forest & Birds’ online form.  Below are our key points you may like to cover in yours.

Key Points of CJT Submission

  1. Climate Justice Taranaki Inc. (CJT) welcome a reform of marine protected areas legislation.
  2. The new Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Act places economic growth well above environmental conservation and ignores the fact that the so-called ‘balance’ has long been tipped.
  3. The Act must include the entire marine areas of New Zealand, including territorial seas, the Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf (EEZ-CS), to be fit for purpose.
  4. Areas under petroleum and mineral licenses should not be excluded from MPA consideration. There cannot possibly be a representative and adaptive network of MPAs when the EEZ and all licensed areas are excluded.
  5. The foundation and emphasis of the Act should be full protection of marine areas with significant conservation values, as ensured under the Marine Reserve Act.
  6. The regulations and management of other MPAs, notably existing marine mammal sanctuaries and the proposed seabed reserves, require substantial strengthening to offer adequate species protection and opportunities for recovery of threatened species or communities.
  7. Recreational fishing parks do not enhance, protect or restore marine biodiversity and ought not be introduced into the MPA Act. Conflicts between recreational and commercial fisheries are best managed under the Fisheries Act.
  8. CJT support meaningful recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi and customary rights and values in the Act.

Read this media story: Anton Van Heldon: Govt failing in duty to marine life (NZ Herald, 8/03/2016)


Media release: Taranaki’s first Oil/Gas marine consent – a death knell for marine mammals

14/07/2014

Maui Dolphin IWC protection mining Slooten OMV spill model map correctedAustrian oil giant OMV’s application to drill up to seven new wells from its Maari platform is the first oil/gas marine consent being processed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) under the EEZ and Continental Shelf Act.

“If approved, the operation will pave the way for more intensified oil and gas drilling offshore, jeopardising the already perilous existence of many of New Zealand’s marine mammals and seabirds”, said Catherine Cheung, Climate Justice Taranaki. Read the rest of this entry »


EPA info session re OMV Maari application, Taranaki – Thur 10 July

08/07/2014
OMV New Zealand Ltd has been drilling in the Maari field 80km off South Taranaki. With the ceasing of the EEZ transitional provisions on 28 June 2014, a marine consent is required for the company to continue drilling past this date. The development drilling will involve drilling up to seven development wells. The EPA info session will cover the marine consent application, submission and hearing process. Meeting and submission details here.

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Media highlights (July 2014)

07/07/2014

Failure to deal with ethics will make climate engineering ‘unviable’  (Guardian, 31 July)

Dolphin’s policy costs ‘billions’  (TDN, 31 July) – more unsubstantiated claims and overestimates of the real worth of Taranaki’s oil and gas industry

Dairy farms rigorously monitored (TDN, 29 July) – “Taranaki Regional Council issued 125 abatement notices in the year 2013/2014 for dairy effluent disposal lapses – the most in the country. … “

Dirty dairying offences declining  (TDN, 28 July)  – “17 regional councils successfully prosecuted 21 dairy effluent offences in the year to July 1, resulting in fines of $847,600…”

Greens campaign on clean seas  (TDN, 27 July) – “National Secretary Joe Fleetwood said there had been 35 “near miss” incidents since the Rena grounding in 2011 and it was only a matter of time before another grounding occurs. … Compulsory shipping lanes were already in place in nations including the UK, Norway and Canada. Measures to ensure the oil industry had to pay for any spills and efforts to improve the capability of Maritime New Zealand were also overdue, he said.

River swimming goal undoable  (TDN, 25 July)  – more spins from TRC although “The Green Party has dismissed the new bottom lines as “weak” and argues the measures mean rivers will only have to be clean enough for wading or boating. ”

Why the next climate treaty is vital for my country to survive  (Guardian, 12 July)

A group representing half a billion Christians says it will no longer support fossil fuels  (Climate Progress, 11 July)

No-go areas for seeking oil/gas  (Gisborne Herald, 5 July)

Anadarko’s drill decision by October (Otago Daily Times, 5 July)

Dead whale washes up on beach  (stuff national, 4 July) – a blue whale on Tapuae Beach, Taranaki

Whales flee from military sonar leading to mass strandings, research shows  (Guardian, 3 July)

Oil exploration in Maui Dolphin Protection Zone  (Scoop Politics, 3 July) – Dr Slooten says that having observers on oil survey vessels are “virtually useless” and do very little to protect whales. “Overseas research has shown that observers on the seismic testing ships only see around ten percent of whales and dolphins in the area. … Seismic survey noise can be heard for at least 80 kilometres, but the observers can see whales and dolphins for only one or two kilometres, and then, only when they surface.”

Greens want landfarm inquiry widened  (Radio NZ, 3 July)

Waste water from energy extraction ‘triggers US quake surge’ (BBC, 3 July)


Media Highlights: 9-30 June 2014

09/06/2014

Banners against drilling in Maui’s habitat  (NZ Herald, 28 June)

Govt to look into stock on landfarms  (Radio NZ, 27 June) – CJT mentioned

Govt opens Maui’s dolphin area for oil drilling  (TV 3News, 17 June)

Oil discovered near Greymouth  (TV One News, 14 June)

Any climate change deal now too late for Kiribati – President Tong  (Radio NZ, 11 June)

Norwegian oil giant eyes Northland coast (NZ Herald, 9 June)


Media highlights (1-17 Feb 2014)

02/02/2014

Oil application report kept secret  (Radio NZ, 14 Feb) – Listen to Sarah Roberts

Tuna hearts ‘affected by oil spills  (BBC, 14 Feb) – Read abstract of the paper in Science by Brette et al. (2014)

Experts hope to solve orca mystery  (Southland Times, 14 Feb)

Did quakes cause orca stranding?  (stuff, 13 Feb)

TRC cracking down hard on landfarm  (TDN, 12 Feb) – Read monitoring report on the Remediation NZ landfarm (2012-2013)

Otago community sets sail in protest of deepsea drilling (Oilfree Otago press release, 7 Feb 2014)

Oil free Otago flotilla sails this weekend (Dunedin TV, 7 Feb 2014)

Sand Mining Opposition Grows (TDN, 7 Feb 2014)

Seismic survey affects on sea life uncertain  (Marlborough Express, 5 Feb)

Environmentalists delighted as oil drilling proves fruitless  (TDN, 5 Feb 2014)

Anadarko: Oil find ‘not commercially viable‘  (3 News, 4 Feb)

Fracking, fuels and friction  (Insight on Radio NZ, 2 Feb) – must listen

Kurt Komene talking about the drilling near Mount Taranaki (Waatea News, 30 Jan)

Choosing to be indisposed to the truth (Rachel Stewart, TDN, 2 Sep 2013)


Media release: Did Taranaki seismic survey cause whale strandings?

24/01/2014

Pilot whale stranding Farewell Spit Dec 2005 Chagai cropped

Climate Justice Taranaki want urgent research done into the recent whale strandings on Farewell Spit, to rule out any links between that tragedy and a similarly timed seismic survey in Taranaki performed nearby. Read the rest of this entry »