Ko te wiki tiaki ao tūroa tenei. It’s Conservation week from the 15th to the 23rd of Mahuru. For my 100th show, I’ll be speaking with Eugenie Sage of the Green Party of Aotearoa. She is the Minister of Conservation and Land Information, the Associate Minister of the Environment and Acting Minister for Women.
I’ll ask about her year so far – which included criticism of her signing approval for a Chinese company to bottle water at Otakiri Springs – Whakatane. We’ll discuss protests at the Karangahake gorge over the weekend – resulting in the arrest of 5 people, including ex-Green party member Catherine Delahunty. Eco and Ag-tourism are an economic opportunity for the Waikato, so I ask how we can ensure it’s sustainability. With 1080 in the news again, we’ll korero about it’s role in conservation and finally how the coalition and central and local government are working together.
The focus of this year’s te wiki ao tūroa is our backyard – so coming back to local issues I’ve asked Andrea Graves to speak on behalf of the Riverlea Environment Society Inc about the mahi they do; their vision for the area, how development at Peacocke might impact on that and how we can get involved in advocacy and by getting our hands dirty!