Stop plans to dig up Fiordland National Park in New Zealand for a private-use tunnel
  • Petitioned Minister of Conservation Nick Smith

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Minister of Conservation Nick Smith

Stop plans to dig up Fiordland National Park in New Zealand for a private-use tunnel

    1. Petition by

      Patricia Jantien

      Glenorchy, New Zealand

July 2013


We just won! The Conservation Minister has just rejected the plan to put a tunnel through Fiordland National Park. We've just heard Nick Smith announce that the Fiordland tunnel would "permanently damage the natural and landscape values" and will be declined approval. The decision today is the result of countless hours of campaigning and hard work. And importantly, the support of you and 31,000 others who signed my petition on Thank you.

It's our natural wonder of the world: New Zealand’s Fiordland & Mt Aspiring National Park are some of the most picturesque destinations on earth and part of the South Island's World Heritage area, often used as the back drop for films like Narnia, Lord of the Rings and recently The Hobbit. 

But now the New Zealand Department of Conservation is considering to allow a developer to carve it up for a private-use tunnel. And the Minister for Conservation Kate Wilkinson could decide in the next couple of weeks.

I live in Glenorchy, our family moved out here three years ago to enjoy the beautiful surrounds and vibrant community. I can't believe that the government might jeopardise our most valuable and precious natural resources, and destroy our communities at the same time.

Endangered species of native birds & bats in this region will loose their habitat, and pristine 'protected' native bush will be destroyed for no reason other than private commercial goals, as there are plenty of good alternatives to travel to Milford Sound.

Selfdrive visitors will not be allowed to use the tunnel, it's only for private bus companies to use for a shortcut bypassing Te Anau, the town which should be used as the start point of travel to Milford, not Queenstown. 

The proposed plan violates the National Park Policy of New Zealand saying that no new roads will be built in National Parks. 

The Tourism New Zealand slogan “100% Pure” will become a worldwide lie if the construction of this bus tunnel would be granted.

Please sign my petition to stop this private-use tunnel destroying our beautiful World Heritage-listed National Parks.

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    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 month ago

      Privatization is a slippery slope. The more the land is privatized, the easier it is to sell a bit more privatization, because the best argument against privatization, namely the unspoiled natural beauty , is weakened by each successive privatization.

    • Roy Bailey WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 1 year ago

      It's National park, it should be a no brainer.

      • over 1 year ago

      Why is this important to you? (Optional)Te Whenua nui a Ka Kai Tahu tupuna. It is my inherited and inherent understanding that this great landscape, of and within Te Wahi Pounamu/Te Whakataka a Karehu a Tamatea/Te Tutae a Tuterakiwhanoa/Ata Whenua/Fiordland is a place of esteemed significance to my Kai Tahu ancestors, a Taonga of the New Zealand people and part of a wider area that has international significance. Any physical modification should be minimal, if anything, and limited to only those procedures that would accommodate the continued health of the environment. A private-use tunnel, in my personal opinion, does not fit in with any conceptualised, sustainable, best practice. My best wishes to the 'Stop the Tunnel' campaign, especially in their efforts to inform and represent the people and their works to inspire best judgement and coherent thinking in our decision-makers.

      Nga mihi nui

      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to everybody. No question about it.

    • caz brigham QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 1 year ago

      Its pure madness.


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