The Otahu Ecological Area comprises lowland to montane forest, including kauri, and is
part of the largely forested Otahu River catchment. This catchment drains to the Otahu
Estuary. The Otahu Estuary and catchment is one of few areas remaining in the
Coromandel that provides a reasonably intact natural sequence of habitat from the upper
reaches of stream tributaries in the mountains to the marine habitats of the ocean. The
Otahu Ecological Area provides valuable habitat for North Island brown kiwi, Hochstetter's
and Archey's frogs, as well as native fisheries.
Biodiversity values are not well known, but
the native shrub daisy Brachyglottis kirkii var angustior, which is in serious decline, is
found in the area.
mudguard wrote:Meh, with all this proposed economic growth does this mean we'll all earn 50k in some sort of utopia?
Frankly I don't care. They mine it, we see a few more jobs, but most of the money disappears off shore.
My heart says once something is preserved, then it should be left. But if it could get us out of debt, ie entirely govt owned. Perhaps
In many ways, the dilemma New Zealand faces is no different to that of other rich countries—how to balance economic growth with the need to address environmental degradation. But it is particularly acute in a country so dependent on the export of commodities and landscape-driven tourism. The difference between New Zealand and other places is that New Zealand has actively sold itself as “100% Pure”. Now that New Zealanders themselves are acknowledging the gap between the claim and reality, and the risk to their reputation this poses, it is time for the country to find itself a more sustainable brand, and soon.
hickie wrote:If the land has more value as a mine than a park, go for I say.
Some of the best rides I've been on are in areas that are old mining or native forestry areas...
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