Skip to content.
24 May - 10:00 pm NZ
Updated at 8:18 am on 21 July 2010
The Government believes it has public support to expand mining on conservation land, despite opposition that led to it abandoning plans for mining on land protected by Schedule Four of the Crown Minerals Act.
Prime Minister John Key says the public response has given the Government a mandate to increase mining on unprotected areas.
However, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright says she does not think that can be deduced from the public's reaction.
She says the public response was not necessarily directed only at land protected under Schedule Four.
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says Mr Key will be buying another public fight if he tries to expand mining elsewhere.
She is also worried that Crown Minerals and the Minister of Energy still have too much power.
Ms Turei told Morning Report the power share between the Minister of Conservation and the Minister of Energy and Resources is uneven.
Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee said on Tuesday there will be new surveys in parts of Northland and the West Coast of the South Island.
Copyright © 2010, Radio New Zealand
Audio is categorised based on the frequency of the programme it was heard in. Click on the headings below to access the programmes. For the most recently published audio, go to the latest audio page.
Streams are in Windows Media format. Mac and Linux users may need to install additional software. Get help with audio
A selection of music interviews, reviews, videos, concerts, sessions, and performances.
Downloads and podcasts are available for selected programmes. Our podcast page has a complete list of feeds.
Help on using online audio: formats, software, podcasts, downloading, and troubleshooting.