Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area is designated as such due to the overwhelming wild and unpopulated landscapes of Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks, dense in native flora and fauna. World Heritage sites belong to everyone, forever.
“Heritage is our legacy and an irreplaceable source of life and inspiration.”[UNESCO]. New Zealand is obliged to protect this heritage, and its Department of Conservation is obliged to preserve our National Parks. The tunnel proposal and its road access contravenes these obligations.
To compromise any part of this World Heritage area, simply to get somewhere a bit quicker, is unequivocally inappropriate and shocking.
Tom Scott's view of the World Heritage issue. Thanks Tom.