To: The House of Representatives

Say no to a pipeline through a Kiwi sanctuary by Mount Aspiring National Park

Say no to a pipeline through a Kiwi sanctuary by Mount Aspiring National Park

We call on you to urgently withdraw permission for a pipeline to be laid through a sanctuary that is home to New Zealand's rarest kiwi, the Haast Tokoeka by Mount Aspiring National Park.

There's just over 400 Haast Tokoeka left in Aotearoa. The Department of Conservation (DoC) says its status is "Nationally Critical", and 33 of them are believed to live near where the pipeline is to be laid.

Why is this important?

A company called Okuru Enterprises Ltd, now trading as Alpine Pure has been given the right to take and export 800,000 tonnes of water – about 800 million litres – each month from a water catchment high in the mountains at Mount Aspiring National Park.

As part of this arrangement, the company has also been given the right to lay a pipeline to transport the water out to sea to waiting ships through a sanctuary for New Zealand's rarest kiwi, the Haast Tokoeka.

There's just over 400 Haast Tokoeka left in Aotearoa. DoC says its status is "Nationally Critical", and 33 of them are believed to live near the pipeline.

Our national bird cannot afford for this risk.

The use of DoC land costs the company just $5000 year, and the consent which expires in 2027 costs nothing, except for minor administration and processing fees.

It'd bad enough we're selling off our water for private profit at next to nothing. It's worse we're willing to put our native kiwi at risk.

The resource consent states that Okuru Enterprises must develop a ‘kiwi management plan’, with the objective of “avoiding adverse effects from construction and ongoing activities within conservation land on Haast tokoeka [kiwi] living within a 100ha radius of the proposed pipeline route”.

It goes on to state that if kiwi are adversely affected, they will be “removed from the site”.

But here’s the thing, ‘If things go wrong, we can just move the kiwi’ is a really bad precedent to set.

To make matters worse, the endangered Fiordland Crested Penguin also lives in the pathway of the pipeline at Jackson’s Bay.

The proposal to take our water, ship it off shore for what seems like marginal benefit to the local community but with a potentially catastrophic cost to two species that are already at critical risk of extinction looks like a bad one.

As we know from our own history, humans tend to underestimate how wrong things can go, and it’s usually our wildlife, trees, rivers, birds and lakes that pay the cost.

Please sign the petition and share it with your friends today.

Read more:

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11777864

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/88099749/from-national-park-to-overseas-plan-to-export-billions-of-litres-of-west-coast-water

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/04/company-given-right-to-lay-pipeline-through-kiwi-sanctuary.html

Mount Aspiring National Park, West Coast, New Zealand

Reasons for signing

  • Piping water out to ships is bad enough but running the pipeline through a sanctuary seems to be utter madness.
  • Stop giving away our water
  • I believe it is madness to give away our limited pristine water resources to companies that will make massive profits from that water with negligible economic benefit and potential damage to our environment

Updates

2017-04-14 16:22:59 +1200

10,000 signatures reached

2017-04-13 16:44:41 +1200

5,000 signatures reached

2017-04-13 07:06:02 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2017-04-13 00:34:29 +1200

500 signatures reached

2017-04-12 22:37:10 +1200

100 signatures reached

2017-04-12 22:28:40 +1200

50 signatures reached

2017-04-12 22:20:33 +1200

25 signatures reached

2017-04-12 22:14:03 +1200

10 signatures reached