The Government has today released the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity, this will hurt the hell out of the majority of land based mining operations. You have a chance to read the documents and submit which closes on 14 March 2020.
The draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity and information about the consultation is available on the Ministry for the Environment’s website.
This document sets out significant natural areas (SNA) where land use such as new buildings, tracks, earthworks or mining will be effectively prohibited. It protects threatened species down to individuals, rather than communities. To illustrate, in Westland, all Crown land and 35% of privately owned land will be closed off to any development or mining. That means no new farm shed or no new house on 1/3 of privately owned land without a resource consent, an ecological assessment and the greenies being able to stick the knife into you.
If you have a land-based claim, you need to either read up and submit or get advice from a planning consultant on how to do this. If you don’t speak up, you will definately be screwed…
to illustrate, the areas in white in Westland are not considered SNAs, everywhere else mining etc will be history