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Why do we need to burn DoC to save DoC? Welcome to Coke National Park

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Coke, KFC, McDonald’s and big polluters will be lining up to infect our national parks with their corporate leprosy. The opportunity to mask their social cost by associating with our pristine environment will prove irresistible.

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Government want to mine conservation land. Government face massive backlash. Government then sack lots of people paid to protect our conservation land. Government start to eye up mining our conservation land again.

Hardly the circle of life is it?

Now we see the full level of slash and burn at DoC and it is ugly…

DOC job cuts even worse than thought
Forest & Bird is disappointed that even more Department of Conservation jobs will be lost than expected.

DOC plans to cut 140 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions, subject to a two-week consultation period. This follows the loss of 96 full-time jobs last year.

More than 10 per cent of DOC’s 1700-1800 full time equivalent positions have been lost in the last 12 months alone.

“DOC is trying its best, but it’s under enormous pressure from the Government, which continually undervalues New Zealand’s natural capital, and the role of the Department,” says Forest & Bird Advocacy Manager Kevin Hackwell.

“DOC has had $54 million slashed from its budget since 2009. Operations have been scaled back, and there’s been a round of job cuts every year for several years now,” Kevin Hackwell says.

…for a Department that oversees 30% of the country and keeps our clean green brand limping along, you would imagine the Government might want to boost DoC instead of cutting it.

The odious part of all this will be the new relationships DoC will be forced to engage in to keep conservation funded.

Coke, KFC, McDonald’s and big polluters will be lining up to infect our national parks with their corporate leprosy. The opportunity to mask their social cost by associating with our pristine environment will prove irresistible.

This is a perverse way to run manage a country’s natural resource and reputation.

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6 Comments

  1. Geoff Lye says:

    Yeah i can see it coming every conservation reserve or park named after some corporate . Who flicks a measly few dollars to doc.

  2. Geoff Lye says:

    Conservation reliant on corporations thats sick.

  3. Afewknowthetruth says:

    Shonkey wants to raid you nest-egg, not bird nests. Besides, nature gets in the way of ‘development’.

  4. bigbird says:

    A BigMac at the end of each of NZs great walks – that would be grest. and coca cola dispening machines in every DOC hut and campsite

  5. […] week we have seen the cuts to DOC that, as Bomber argues, are a step towards weakening DOC’s ability to safeguard conservation land, and thus open the […]

  6. Nitrium Nitrium says:

    Frankly, I’m surprised National have not announced policy to privatise DoC.

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