Election 2014 - Party Policies - Mining

Election 2014 - Party Policies - Mining

Mining 

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  • Strengthen the RMA decision making framework to ensure ecological, cultural and landscape values, and water quality are better protected and require decision makers to consider the greenhouse gas contribution of mining activities and downstream effects when considering resource consent applications.
  • Revise the RMA and EEZCS legislation to stipulate that mining in New Zealand only happens for material which serves a socially useful purpose, for which renewable materials are not available, and when mining is the best means of obtaining the material.
  • Implement a royalties and tax regime that would at least be equal to the OECD average for Government take to ensure that New Zealand is getting fair compensation.
  • Require bonds and/or minimum insurance requirements for "worst case scenario" pollution events.
  • Prohibit industrial scale hard-rock gold/silver mining. (more here)

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  • Ban fracking.
  • Cancel deep sea oil exploration and drilling.
  • Polluters pay to clean up the impacts of their activities.
  • Support research into bioremediation of toxic materials using nature’s own microorganisms.
  • Establish a body to assess the social and environmental impacts of new technologies like nanotechnology, geoengineering and synthetic biology. This body will apply the precautionary principle when assessing these technologies. MANA will also support the establishment of an international agency to carry out this work. (more here)

  • We will implement the Crown Minerals (Effective and Meaningful Engagement with Iwi, Hapū, and Whānau) Amendment Bill to ensure full consultation and negotiation with mana whenua / mana moana before any mining contracts are let. (more here)

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