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Protests against ‘Fast-Track Approvals Bill’ today

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Thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Auckland, with similar demonstrations taking place across Nelson, Whakatāne, Christchurch, and Tākaka, to oppose the coalition Government’s Fast-Track Approvals Bill.

The bill aims to expedite the consent process for significant infrastructure projects, sparking fears among environmental groups like Forest and Bird, WWF, and Greenpeace which they say threatens some of New Zealand’s most important natural landscapes.

The march, organised by the ‘March for Nature‘ movement, started at Aotea Square and proceeded down Queen Street, causing traffic disruptions and road closures in the city centre. The Environmental Select Committee is currently reviewing public submissions on the bill, which have reached a record 27,000, reflecting widespread public concern.

Simultaneously, in Wellington, the People Over Profits march protested against government cuts to public services and the resultant job losses.

Critics, including former Green MP Russel Norman and Dame Anne Salmond, argue that the bill prioritises economic gains over environmental protection. Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop defended the bill, stating it is essential for accelerating projects of regional and national significance by cutting through bureaucratic delays. The bill grants significant decision-making power to regional development, transport, and infrastructure ministers, occasionally involving the conservation minister, raising concerns about the potential for unchecked environmental degradation.

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  1. Mathew 4:4 he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone,

    Hmm. Desperate times need desperate remedies. I think a lot of people are thinking just where is the bread gonna come from!

    • John 8:31 “Then said Jesus to those Judeans which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”
      32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

  2. Fast Tracking anything is just another way the Old Boys / PTB go about doing projects that benefit them asymmetrically before anyone notices that something has been applied for or is amiss…
    They do it all the time with real estate sales (secretive…), and building consents for the :15 Minute City human dog houses that are attached to each other suddenly appears next to your property, and you were NEVER consulted.
    Your natural light is now blocked-off, you have 10x’s the neighbours you used to have, Councils are getting 10x”s the rates for the same piece of property (with pockets being lined as per business agreements behind closed Masonic Lodge / Council Chamber doors), and YOUR property is now de-valued!
    Then, the hoodlums, bogans and convicted crims move into those units…!
    Not to worry though- unless you’re in a hurry to paint your roof and home blue, you’ll probably be DEW’d out of your home and off your property, making way for more human dog kennels of 80 square metres per each unit!
    https://banned.video/watch?id=64f1e6f035a37b83131ba4c1

    • You’re so right.

      Old boys club is where it’s at.

      Don’t be fooled by political allegiance either. They are all as bad as each other including NZ First sadly. Look which party Shane jones used to be part of. Jobs for the bros.

      Then find out who one the bros mrs is, oh, just one of the organisations tasked with approving said fast track.

      Yeah it’s a big club and we ain’t in it.

      I hope all these corrupt sell outs rot in hell.

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