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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- Minister of Conservation
Minister of Conservation Nick Smith
I am writing to voice my opposition to the proposed Milford Dart Ltd (MDL) Tunnel through Fiordland & Mt Aspiring National Park
The proposed plan violates the National Park Policy of New Zealand saying that no new roads will be built in National Parks. To create access to the tunnel will mean widening the Routeburn Road and Hollyford Roads which will lead to the destruction of ancient beech trees, bird and bat habitat, and will destroy the peacefulness and tranquility of the region.
This proposal risks the loss of this region as a World Heritage site because it violates the very principles on which World Heritage status was granted, which are about preservation and protection of special places for the benefit of all.
The proposed plan also is exclusionary. It is a tunnel to be built for the use of paying bus travellers and in no way serves the nature caring, discerning, self-driving traveller or New Zealander.
The Tourism New Zealand slogan “100% Pure” will become a worldwide lie if the application of this bus tunnel would be granted.
I please ask that you stop this tunnel now by declining MDL’s application.
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