MAC: Mines and Communities

Enough! The Ka Nui Conference Declaration

Published by MAC on 2012-09-04
Source: Statement (2012-08-26)

The following is a Declaration from Aotearoa / New Zealand, coming out of The Ka Nui Enough! Conference.

This was organised by a coalition of groups from around New Zealand to coincide with the Australasian mining industry conference in Rotorua last month.

You can read more on the conference at http://kanuiconference.wordpress.com

The Ka Nui Conference Declaration

We, tangata whenua and community activists from around Aotearoa, gathered at Mataikotare Marae on 26 August 2012 to network against extractive industries, declare, ka nui! Enough!

All people rely on the Earth for our survival and bear a responsibility towards Papatuanuku, all living things and future generations. We do not believe ours should be the generation that strips all the resources from the Earth and leaves nothing for our mokopuna.

We commit to limiting our own consumption to ensure the survival and wellbeing of all life.

We will build our own future that will uphold the Declaration of Independence and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We will create real jobs that grow healthy communities.

Therefore we say to the mining and drilling industries and the government: ka nui! Enough!

Enough of companies exploiting the land, poisoning the air, water and sea, and compromising our climate.

Enough of governments, councils and the courts putting the profits of a few before the wellbeing of this world.

We will oppose your exploitation.

We will defend our communities and the earth.

We challenge everyone to join us to begin building a sustainable future.

And so again we say, ka nui! Enough!

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