Environmental movement in New Zealand

The earliest major environmental issue in New Zealand was the prospect of raising the level of Lake Manapouri for a hydro-electricity scheme. In 1969 a nation-wide "Save Manapouri Campaign" started and was successful in preventing the lake level from being raised. [Wheen, N. (2002) A history of New Zealand environmental law. pp 261-274, In "Environmental histories of New Zealand", edited by Pawson, E. and Brooking,T. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pages 266-269.]

Other major issues have included nuclear energy, preventing native forest logging on the West Coast and halting the growing of GE food crops.

The environmental movement eventually spawned the Values Party, which was the first political party with a strong focus on environmental issues to contest national elections.

As of 2005 the environmental movement is active in many areas including opposition to new high voltage power pylons, preventing new open cast coal mines and protecting marine ecosystems.

ee also

*Timeline of environmental history of New Zealand
*Conservation in New Zealand

External links

* [http://www.greenpages.org.nz Greenpages] - a database of New Zealand environmental organisations.

References


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