Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, December 8th, 2011 - 51 comments
Categories: climate change, Conservation, Mining, national - Tags: 100% pure new zealand, 100% stupid, department of conservation
Is the John Key Party actively trying to trash New Zealand’s fragile “100% Pure” brand?
Pushing for mining on Schedule 4 conservation land, a slow response to the Rena spill, pushing for off shore drilling, delaying the ETS, polluted lakes and rivers, breaking a promise and pushing on with coal mining on conservation land at Denniston Plateau. And now this:
Warning over DOC cuts
Staff and resourcing cuts at the Conservation Department will send more species to extinction and cost the country its 100 per cent pure brand, a group of top academics is warning the Government.
More than 100 scientists who are at the top of their field in the areas of conservation and biology have today sent a letter of caution to the Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and DOC director general Al Morrison.
“Recessions come and go: extinction is forever,” they said.
In September, DOC confirmed it would cut 96 jobs over the next six months in a restructure aimed at saving $7.5 million.
In addition, the agency has not been able to guarantee more jobs will not be cut following pressure from the Government on the public sector to make more savings. …
Read the open letter to Wilkinson here. Note the calibre and institutions of the 107 scientists who have signed it. Weep for the futility of trying to reason with Nats. No doubt Key will just tell them, as he did while trashing our brand on HardTalk, that he could easily find scientists with another opinion. (He never did put up when called on that one by the way.)
$7.5 Million is small change. It’s a Treasury rounding error on their next (inevitably lowered) growth prediction. And for the sake of saving $7.5 Million the John Key Party is prepared to further tarnish a brand that is calculated to be worth $18.4 billion (and put 96 more people out of work to boot). That’s 100% Stupid.