Sir Douglas Myers has it right:
Sir Douglas says he is not advocating the opening up of conservation land to miners, “but I would like to know what was there and then you can make a decision whether you want to utilise it or not”.
“Go and have a good look at what is there, then have a debate.” Then, if New Zealanders preferred the outdoors and would rather be poorer with virgin lands everywhere, that would be their decision.
“But if they end up broke without having that debate, that is probably not very helpful.”
And vested interests don’t want us to have that informed debate. I think it is great we are having a stock-take done so New Zealanders can have a say – with all the information.