New Zealand retracts plans to open up rare frog habitat to mining
“It is positive that the Government is no longer considering prospecting for minerals in high value conservation land protected in Schedule 4, and this result is to the credit of the many thousands of New Zealanders who stood up to the Government on this critically important issue."
- Executive Director Chris Howe, WWF
It was hoped for, but not certain until Tuesday when the government of New Zealand announced it was cancelling a controversial proposal to open up parts of conservation areas to mining.
The announcement means two endangered species of frogs, the Archey's Frog and the Hochstetters frog, will not become even more endangered. The Press reported Prime Minister John Key said