About 200 people attended a debate at the University of Otago
in Dunedin last night on the merits of mining.
Organised by the Otago University Debating Society, the
debate had Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, Dunedin North
Labour candidate David Clark, and university debater Hana
Cadzow on the "green team", while mining lobby group
Straterra's chief executive Chris Baker, Prof Dave Craw and
university debater Paul Hunt spoke in favour of mining.
Both sides agreed some mining was necessary, in the at-times
lively debate in which members of the audience were
encouraged to take part.
Where the teams differed was over whether mining should only
be encouraged if the raw materials were used for "green
technology", the merits of mining Southland lignite and
offshore oil drilling, mining's environmental impact, and how
much wealth it created.