New Zealand government confirms no mining on conservation land

10:34, July 20, 2010      

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New Zealand Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed on Tuesday that the government is dropping plans to mine on protected conservation land.

The energy minister said that instead, the government plans to exploit mineral-rich areas outside conservation areas, and has commissioned a study of the West Coast and Northland for mineral wealth.

The government had proposed opening up 7000 hectares of conservation land in the Coromandel, Great Barrier Island and Paparoa National Park to prospecting for valuable minerals but in a major backdown on Tuesday said that would not be happening.

The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) said the government's decision not to undertake new mining in national parks is a great result for the tourism industry.

Source: Xinhua

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