Reason 1 for stopping the monorail and tunnel: It's our world heritage

Thhe monorail project would tear through the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. This is designated as such due to the overwhelming wild and unpopulated landscapes of the region, 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].  Once they have gone, they have gone forever.

New Zealand is obliged to protect this heritage, and its Department of Conservation is obliged to preserve our National Parks and conservation areas and required to follow its management plans, such as the Conservation Management Strategy and the Fiordland National Park Management Plan, prepared in consultation with interested groups to preserve our wilderness.

The monorail contravenes these obligations. The monorail would tear through Snowdon Forest Conservation Area which is in the World Heritage Area and managed by the Department of Conservation as a “remote visitor setting” to protect its natural and historic resources. While Snowdon Forest Conservation Area itself is not in a national park, this doesn't mean it shouldn't be. Large areas of New Zealand are currently conservation areas only, and not national parks, purely because they have yet to be categorised as national parks. But the important factor here is that it is not only within conservation and public owned land, that belongs to all the people of New Zealand, but also within a World Heritage site of international significance.

To compromise any part of the World Heritage area simply for destructive commercial profit, is unequivocally inappropriate and shocking.
 

Landscape Impacts of Monorail - Department of Conservation

Section of monorail route (as per DoC )

distance (km)

Assessment of Effects (as per DoC terminology)

Mararoa – Kiwi Burn

0 – 6.9

Unmitigated Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Kiwi Burn Terminus

0 – 0.5

Unmitigated Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Mararoa River terraces

0.5 -3.5

Unmitigated Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Kiwi Burn Tussock Grassland

3.5 – 4.5

Unmitigated Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Kiwi Burn

4.5 – 6.9

Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Kiwi Burn to Whitestone Flats

6.9 -9.5

Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Whitestone Flats to Whitestone/ Upukerora Saddle

9.5 – 17.0

Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Whitestone/ Upukerora saddle to Upukerora River

17.0 – 25.0

Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Forest

17.0 – 21.0

Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Upukerora River Flats

21.0 – 25.0

Unmitigated Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Upukerora River to Private Property Boundary

25.0 – 29.5

Potential Significant Adverse Effect

Te Anau Downs Terminus Area

 

Potential Significant Adverse Effect