Milford Dart Tunnel

Monorail effects, advantages key issues

Monorail effects, advantages key issues

Earlier this week, Conservation Minister Nick Smith released official advice recommending he approve a monorail through conservation land. He hopes to make a final decision by Christmas. Queenstown reporter Christina McDonald looks at why the advice favours the development.

Monorail support, but decision not made - Smith

Monorail support, but decision not made - Smith

The controversial monorail proposal linking Queenstown to Te Anau Downs and subsequently Milford Sound could soon be approved.

No to bus tunnel plan

No to bus tunnel plan

Southland Mayor Frana Cardno had tears in her eyes yesterday after Conservation Minister Nick Smith announced he had refused concession for a commercial bus tunnel through two national parks - a decision he described as ''conservative''.

World Heritage status safe, Smith says

World Heritage status safe, Smith says

Construction of the Milford Dart tunnel would not cost Fiordland its World Heritage status, Conservation Minister Nick Smith said yesterday.

Invited to make a submission

Invited to make a submission

The group which presented a petition opposing the Milford Dart tunnel to Parliament has been invited to make a submission to a select committee on the Department of Conservation (Doc) concession process.

Report on Milford damned as flawed

Report on Milford damned as flawed

A report commissioned by Environment Southland considering access options to Milford Sound is flawed and of no use, Southland Mayor Frana Cardno says.

Wilkinson 'dodging responsibility' over tunnel

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson must make the final decision on whether to allow the Milford Dart Tunnel, Green Party conservation spokeswoman Eugenie Sage said yesterday.

Parks' status in question

Parks' status in question

Unesco is keeping a close eye on the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring national parks and their status as a World Heritage site may be under threat from two controversial commercial proposals.

Passion and due process

Passion and due process

Few issues provoke such emotional responses as proposals to develop New Zealand's precious conservation land. This has been evidenced by any number of examples, such as the 1959 to 1972 Save Manapouri campaign, through to the more recent reaction to the Government's proposal to consider opening up to mining some areas of schedule 4 conservation land. National parks are considered by many to be sacred, in which man-made development or disturbance should be forbidden.

Thousands protest tunnel

Thousands protest tunnel

The online petition created by Glenorchy woman Patricia Ko opposing the proposed Milford Dart tunnel has made international headlines with the growing number of signatures it is receiving.

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