Petition is successful with 18,910 signatures
To: The House of Representatives
Say no to a pipeline through a Kiwi sanctuary by Mount Aspiring National Park
June 2019 - We’ve just heard that the plan by a company to build a water pipeline from Mt Aspiring National Park through a Kiwi sanctuary has stalled - the sanctuary is safe!
You were one of many thousands of people who came together to preserve the home of the Haast Tokeka Kiwi. Together we protected their home and stopped a new bottled water business selling precious spring water overseas.
The company, Okuru Enterprises Ltd, had permission (first given 25 years ago) to take and export 800 million litres of spring water each month from a catchment high in the mountains - right through a sanctuary for the Haast Tokoeka Kiwi.
However the company's permission ran out last week and the Department of Conservation stopped considering their new application because of insufficient information.
As a result of our combined people power there was constant pressure on the project, and on the politicians with the power to make decisions on the project.
Okuru Enterprises still have permits from the District and Regional Councils for the water take, land use and coastal use. While there is nothing stopping the company trying to restart the project they will need to reapply for permission from the Department of Conservation all over again, and face public scrutiny each step of the way.
For now the kiwi sanctuary and surrounding forest is saved!
Here’s how our community made it happen it happen:
🌏 When news first broke in April 2017 we launched into action, launching a petition calling for the end of the project and save the Haast Tokoeka.
🌏 18,534 of us came together to support the call.
🌏 The petition showed public support which helped power media stories keeping attention focused on the issue.
🌏 We consulted with allies and conservation experts.
🌏 We targeted Maggie Barry, the then-Minister of Conservation to put pressure on her decisions on the project.
🌏 In August we went to Parliament to deliver it to MP Eugenie Sage - who a couple of months later became the new Minister for Conservation. ActionStation members chipped in to make it a positive, visual event. Volunteers dressed as kiwis and students from Tuia te Matangi, a bilingual Maori-English school from Nelson, stepped up to give the kaupapa awesome support.
🌏 We presented our crowdsourced submission to the politicians considering the issue sharing personal stories on why we need to save the Haast Kiwi. It included expert opinion from conservationists to the Environment Select Committee.
After our coordinated collective actions, it’s a win for the Haast Tokoeka Kiwi!