7 Sep 2008

Hidden agenda seen by Conservation Minister

6:04 am on 7 September 2008

The National Party is accused by a Labour Cabinet Minister of having a hidden agenda over what she's calling bland environmental policies.

National issued its environment and conservation policies on Saturday, saying the aim is better environmental management.

However, Conservation Minister, Labour MP, Steve Chadwick, says they're so bland, she wonders what the National Party is not telling the public.

Ms Chadwick says the policies are simply repackaged Labour initiatives.

And she says they ignore the conservation of marine life and protection of high country parks in the South Island.

However, National MP Nick Smith, says the Government is trying to save face after its costly rebranding exercise of the Department of Conservation.

He says National's policies are not copies of Labour's, and new initiatives include expanding the Environmental Risk Management Authority.