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To: Mayor Graham Smith and Councillors, Mackenzie District Council

Stop Big Irrigation and Save Our Rivers

We call on the Mackenzie District Council to save the Mackenzie by denying any and all consents for big irrigation and industrial dairy farming.

Why is this important?

The future of the Mackenzie Basin rests on the shoulders of the tiny, but powerful Mackenzie District Council.

The Mackenzie is world-renowned for its iconic landscape, turquoise lakes, and snow-capped mountains. It is home to critically endangered native species in urgent need of protection.

Industrial dairying has become so extreme and out of control that it is even trying to expand into this fragile place.

Right now, there are plans to create a new mega dairy farm on the southern shores of Lake PÅ«kaki near Aoraki/Mount Cook.

The Council have the power to deny resource consents for this and all other dairy conversions in the Mackenzie.

We, the undersigned, call on them to stand up against industrial dairying and save the Mackenzie.


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Reasons for signing

  • I love the Mackenzie country and do not wish to see it despoiled. I am vehemently opposed to intensive farming - especially intensive dairy farming
  • We need to stop the rape and pillage of the land in Aotearoa. In the diary conversions bulldozers flatten the landscape and destroy native flora, fauna and ecosystems/landscapes forever!!! Let alone the damage from draining our subterranean aquifiers by irrigating whilst polluting the groundwater from the top down with nitrates etc - this damage could well be irreparable too!! Enough!!!!
  • The Mackenzie Country is a unique and finely balanced environment. To farm any part of it intensively is to put it at great risk. Once the damage has occurred it cannot be undone.


2018-11-09 19:00:35 +1300

1,000 signatures reached

2018-11-09 15:48:41 +1300

500 signatures reached

2018-11-07 21:50:21 +1300

100 signatures reached

2018-11-07 17:10:08 +1300

50 signatures reached

2018-10-13 23:04:43 +1300

25 signatures reached

2018-10-13 10:12:29 +1300

10 signatures reached