Conservation Land

Mining on Conservation Land – Balancing the Conversation

The government has signaled it proposes to introduce a ban on new mining on conservation land. We strongly oppose this proposal. Straterra contends that the change has not been thought through – and it has consequences which could be far reaching.

This page and its sub-pages set out the evidence and arguments about why we believe the No New Mining on Conservation Land proposition is both bad and unnecessary.

Essentially the ban would lead to costs, lost opportunities and a raft of unintended consequences without any commensurate environmental benefits.

We understand the purpose of the proposed ban is to reduce carbon emissions and improve biodiversity outcomes, both important objectives in themselves. Applying a blanket ban, we suggest, is a solution/response that is much worse than the problem. A case-by-case and independent approach to assessing and approving mining proposals, as is provided by the Resource Management Act (RMA) and other existing legislation, is a much more robust and fair approach than a blanket ban.

If, for whatever reasons, existing environmental regulations are deemed to not be robust enough, they should be reviewed. This would be a much better option than applying a total ban because it enables independent experts to make the right decision based on all of the relevant evidence.


8 arguments against the proposed ban

The arguments against the ban are set out below. We invite you to explore each of them by clicking on them for more information:

We want to help balance this conversation and get the right result for all New Zealanders.