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28 February, 2013
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Save Fiordland has welcomed news that
decisions on the controversial Fiordland
monorail and tunnel proposals will be made
by newly-reappointed Conservation Minister
Previous Minister Kate Wilkinson had
indicated that the decisions would
be delegated to the Department of
“I have decided that given the scale of
these Fiordland projects and the huge
public interest it is not appropriate for these
decisions to be delegated to a departmental
official,” Dr Smith said. “These are public
lands and it is proper that these decisions
are made by a publicly elected and
Save Fiordland chairwoman Daphne Taylor
said the organisation, which continues to
campaign against the proposals, hoped
that Dr Smith’s announcement reflected
his understanding of the significance of the
World Heritage status the areas concerned
had been afforded.
“For the pride and sense of guardianship we
New Zealanders have in our environmental
heritage, for the unique Kiwi lifestyle that
goes with working and playing within these
wilderness areas, for our obligations to
future generations and the international
community and also for the economic
benefits the World Heritage status bestows
on our 100% pure branding, the tourism
industry in particular.”
Dr Smith has acknowledged the decisions
on the Milford Dart Tunnel and Fiordland
Link Experience will be difficult.
“Parks and reserves are much loved areas
of New Zealand set aside for conservation
and recreation. There is a particularly high
threshold for projects in our National Parks.
However, New Zealand also needs jobs and
economic development,” he said.
“I have taken advice on ensuring a robust
process. My primary advisor will be the
Department of Conservation and its advice
will be a matter of public record. I expect
to receive the Department’s reports on
the Milford Dart Tunnel soon and on the
Fiordland Link Experience in the next few
He also promised that, after receiving
each departmental report, he would visit
the affected areas and meet with the
commissioners who heard the public
“I also intend to meet with the applicants
of each project and seek the advice of the
New Zealand Conservation Authority before
making a decision,” Dr Smith said.
“I will be taking a careful and considered
approach and I am very conscious of
the importance of coming to a fair and
Decisions to be
made at the top
Three Te Anau Scouts take a starring role
alongside famous outdoor adventurer Bear
Grylls in the latest Air New Zealand in-flight
The film, shot on the Routeburn Track and
released yesterday (February 27), features
William Hamilton, Connor Moffat and Asha
Stevenson and was also filmed with Kiwi
entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste (also known
as the Bug Man).
Scouts New Zealand chief executive Niamh
Lawless said it was the ultimate adventure
for the trio.
Besides being one of the world’s great
adventurers with TV hits such as Man Vs.
Wild, Bear Grylls was also Chief Scout in the
UK,” she said.
“Air New Zealand with a series of
imaginative videos has made safety fun,
getting across the message in an amusing
manner. Scouting is all about fun and
adventure, but it is also about doing it as
safely as possible.”
She said Bear Grylls was the ultimate “cool
Scout” and a great hero for youth.
“We all have that sense of adventure
in us and Grylls’s larger than life image
is very engaging for young and old. It’s
great for these Scouts to meet him and
work together on such a uniquely exciting
The video can be viewed online at
Scouts meet Bear in the Fiordland bush
Te Anau Scout Group member Connor Moffatt gets the thumbs up from television adventure star
Bear Grylls during filming for an Air New Zealand in-flight safety video.
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