The Department of Conservation does a wonderful job maintaining our country’s parks and walkways for all of us, and our tourists. Its workers are low-paid, passionate people who really care about our environment. They’re the caretakers of our wild places – places that people from all over the world admire us for protecting.
When these places were threatened with mining, we protested and stood up for the environment. Now this government responds by cutting 100 DOC jobs.
Then, just to rub some salt into the wound, they announce they are nearly doubling the number of jobs at the “Ministry of Economic Development”; namely the unit aimed at expanding the oil and minerals industries.
This really pisses me off. When we spoke up against mining on conservation land, they pretended to drop the policy but actually it’s continuing in the shadows. They are gutting the department tasked with protecting our natural heritage and employing more people to issue permits to dig it up. This is not what New Zealand wants. We are about protecting our environment and thinking about the future.