ACT pulls support for Kermadecs bill

ACT has pulled its support for the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill due to the Government’s failure to acknowledge the existing property rights of fishing operators.

“This Bill amounts to an uncompensated regulatory taking, likely to cause real harm to the livelihoods of those in the fishing industry,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Existing operators, both Maori and non-Maori, should be compensated for their losses at the very least, if not consulted before the fact.

ACT welcomes National adopting ACT policy

While it is light on specifics, ACT is glad that John Key’s conservation proposal draws heavily on ACT’s Sanctuary Trust policy, launched in February, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The Prime Minister is absolutely on the right track, predator extermination is an important goal, it will take a very long term commitment, and that will require taxpayer funding distributed to private partners through an agency at arms-length from the Government of the day.

Fishing rights of all groups must be respected

ACT Leader David Seymour is calling on National to respect property rights under the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill.

“The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill is an ineffective conservation law. As National concedes, it will not reduce the number of fish taken, but will increase the concentration fishing in other areas.

“The Bill has been drawn up behind closed doors in Wellington with little regard for the rightful owners of fishing quotas. National misses the point that the location of fishing matters – fish need to be caught near facilities and customers.

Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill could be better

ACT Leader David Seymour says the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill must be reformed at future readings to make it fair and effective.
“The intent of this bill, to protect a unique marine environment and the life it sustains, is commendable,” says Mr Seymour. “I want to see the Kermadec Sanctuary work, which is why ACT is supporting it to the select committee stage.

Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill is green-washing

Nick Smith’s Kermadec Sanctuary project has been undermined by the Prime Minister’s truthful statement that the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill won’t stop people taking fish, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Yesterday John Key said "Largely, what [fishers] would even catch, if they could catch it, would be migrating species like tuna, which they can catch somewhere else."

Sanctuary Trust would empower non-government conservation

ACT Leader David Seymour today proposed selling Landcorp and putting the proceeds into a Sanctuary Trust for applicants who wish to operate inland sanctuaries for native wildlife.

“Landcorp is a business the Government should never have owned and which is responsible for considerable dairy conversion and deforestation.

“The new Trust’s grants would be conditional upon the applicant reaching targets for predator exclusion, biodiversity, and community participation.

Greens' hypocritical travel expenses

ACT Leader David Seymour is astonished to learn that the Greens have the highest expenditure on flights.
The figures come from the fourth quarter parliamentary expense reports.  It excludes ministers who have a much heavier workload, for example the Ministers of Health and Education must visit hospitals and schools, and are reported separately.

ACT supports marine protection areas but calls for consistent compensation

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomes the Government’s proposal to pass a marine protection Act, with some reservations.

“Recreational and commercial fishers alike know we don’t have the abundance of fisheries available to generations past.  We need to do better at conserving fish and their habitats while giving mineral and fishery investors certainty.

“For too long we’ve had an ad hoc approach that is overly politicised and uncertain for investors.