Save Foulden Maar http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com Aotearoa Mon, 04 Nov 2019 20:37:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 STATEMENT: Dunedin City Council moves to purchase Foulden Maar http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/dunedin-city-council-moves-to-purchase-foulden-maar-2/ http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/dunedin-city-council-moves-to-purchase-foulden-maar-2/#respond Mon, 04 Nov 2019 20:36:47 +0000 http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=481

STATEMENT: Dunedin City Council moves to purchase Foulden Maar

Save Foulden Maar is thrilled with today’s announcement from Dunedin City Council that it is moving to purchase Foulden Maar near Middlemarch.

“We’re very pleased that DCC has listened to the overwhelming call from the public to protect Foulden Maar and look forward to seeing how the process plays out,” says Save Foulden Maar spokesperson Andrea Bosshard.

“More than 11,000 members of the public signed the petition calling for this precious place to be protected. It’s great that their voices are being listened to.”

Save Foulden Maar Incorporate was established in July of 2019 after plans to mine a unique geological site near Middlemarch for low-quality diatomite came to light. 

For further questions or comment, please contact:

Andrea Bosshard
Spokesperson, Save Foulden Maar
027 552 8038

Kimberley Collins
Chair, Save Foulden Maar
021 049 1436

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Plaman Resources withdraws OIO application http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/statement-plaman-resources-withdraws-oio-application/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 04:51:59 +0000 http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=429

STATEMENT: Plaman Resources withdraw OIO application

“We are pleased that Plaman Resources have withdrawn their application with the Overseas Investment Office and believe it is another step towards protecting Foulden Maar in perpetuity,” said Kimberley Collins, Chair of the Save Foulden Maar Society.

“The public has sent a clear message to Plaman that Foulden Maar is not to be mined and that we will not allow our unique geological features to be destroyed for low-value stock feed.”

“Until the 42-hectares containing 80% of Foulden Maar is in public ownership, it remains vulnerable to destruction. We fully intend to ensure it is protected and are exploring a range of avenues to facilitate its protection in perpetuity for paleontological research and to further our understanding of climate change.”

“Any future plans to mine the area, whether from an overseas or domestic mining company, will be met with fierce opposition from the public, including Dunedin City Council who spoke out in support of Foulden Maar’s preservation.”

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UPDATE: Breaking news! http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/update-breaking-news/ http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/update-breaking-news/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:00:15 +0000 http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=386

UPDATE: Breaking news!

Plaman Resources, the foreign-owned company that wants to mine Foulden Maar, has gone into receivership and liquidation.

To the 10,000 plus people who have signed this petition, thank you for keeping the pressure on!

This is great news for the campaign to Save Foulden Maar, but it doesn’t mean the fight is over yet.

Plaman currently has an application with the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) to purchase 432 hectares of land surrounding their current mining operation. This is required to make their proposal commercially viable as it would give them the ability to fully exploit the maar.

We are unclear of what going into receivership means in terms of Plaman’s application to the OIO. Nor do we know what the receiver intends to do with the company’s assets, which include 42 hectares of Foulden Maar.

What’s next?

The next stage in our campaign is to get the entirety of Foulden Maar into public ownership so it can be protected in perpetuity for scientific research and the good of humanity. We’ll be speaking with the community, with lawyers, and with decision makers to figure out the best way to do this.

How can you help?

Again, thank you for your support. We are so grateful to you all.

Ngā mihi nui,

The team at #SaveFouldenMaar

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EVENT: Foulden Maar: The Past & Future http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/event-foulden-maar-the-past-future/ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 02:11:43 +0000 http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=341

Foulden Maar: The Past & Future

Tuesday 25th of June 2019 at 7 pm
Hutton Lecture Theatre, Otago Museum
Koha entry

Join Associate Professor Daphne Lee for a public talk about Foulden Maar and the pristine fossil and climate record it contains.

This will be followed by a panel discussion, facilitated by Peter Hayden, on the future of Foulden Maar, featuring:

  • Associate Professor Daphne Lee, University of Otago
  • Councillor Aaron Hawkins, Dunedin City Council
  • Andrea Bosshard, Middlemarch local and campaigner
  • Sally Gepp, environmental lawyer

Associate Professor Daphne Lee

Daphne has been involved with the Foulden Maar research group in the Geology Department at the University of Otago since 2003. She was Principal Investigator for two successive Marsden Grants in which a team of researchers and students examined the geological setting, sedimentology, fossil content and climate record preserved in Foulden Maar.

Together, they have published over 30 peer-reviewed papers, given over 80 presentations at national and international conferences, and described 27 new species of plants and animals from the site. More recently, Daphne has become an outspoken advocate for the preservation of Foulden Maar and has been extensively consulted by media and local government about its importance.

Andrea Loader, Middlemarch resident and campaigner

Andrea is an award-winning filmmaker and director who grew up in Akaroa and Dunedin. She recently moved to Middlemarch with her partner Shane Loader. After hearing of plans to establish a mine in the area more than a year ago, the pair became concerned about the impact that trucks, lights, and noise would have on the community, as well as the loss of Foulden Maar’s pristine fossil and climate record.

Together, they have been working tirelessly on the campaign to protect Foulden Maar in its entirety. From publishing a report on The Destruction of Foulden Maar to speaking at Dunedin City Council’s annual plan hearing and making countless submissions. They are doing whatever it takes to stop the proposed diatomite mine from going ahead.

Councillor Aaron Hawkins

Aaron Hawkins is a Dunedin city councillor and Resource Management Act commissioner living in Port Chalmers. The key driver in his work is climate change action and building stronger communities so we can better support each other in a more volatile world. His interest in Foulden Maar comes from its potential to teach us more about our changing climate at a local level.

In May, he put forward a motion to Dunedin City Council that it should recognise the significance of Foulden Maar and support its protection and preservation as a scientific resource. This was passed successfully with 11 to 2 votes.

Sally Gepp, environmental lawyer

Sally is an environmental lawyer based in Nelson. She fronted the legal battle against the proposed Ruataniwha Dam in the Ruahine Forest Park.

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UPDATE: The fight is not over and we need your help! http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/update-the-fight-is-not-over-and-we-need-your-help/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 05:11:06 +0000 http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=368

UPDATE: The fight is not over and we need your help!

Since we launched our petition to #SaveFouldenMaar from being mined, we have been overwhelmed with support.

Last week, Dunedin City Council successfully passed a motion to recognise the significance of the fossil record at Foulden Maar and to support its urgent preservation as a scientific resource. The motion was put forward by Councillor Aaron Hawkins and was passed 11:2, with Councillors Lee Vandervis and Mike Lord not supporting the motion, and Cr David Benson-Pope abstaining.

This is great news, as it means the Council could take action to protect Foulden Maar. Already, its staff are investigating whether the second generation district plan can be changed to make Foulden Maar an outstanding natural feature, which would protect it under the Resource Management Act (RMA). It also means the Council may withdraw their letter of support to the Overseas Investment Office (which we wrote to Mayor Dave Cull about) or submit their resolution so their opposition is made clear.

But the fight is not over yet, and we still need your help.

Our goal is to reach 10,000 signatures that we will submit to the Overseas Investment Office as evidence of public opposition to Plaman Resources’ application to purchase land.

Will you help us by sharing the petition with your friends and whānau?

You can also download and print the petition along with a form to collect signatures.

Public Talk on the Fantastic Fossils of Foulden Maar

A public talk by geologist Professor Daphne Lee about the fantastic fossils of Foulden Maar is being held on Saturday 15 June at 1 pm, at the Strath Taieri Community Hall in Middlemarch. All are welcome and we encourage our supporters to attend what will be an insightful and inspiring talk on our geological heritage.

For those who can’t make it, we hope to provide a video or live-stream on our Facebook page. We are also looking to organise a public event about Foulden Maar in Dunedin the following week.

Write a letter to the editor

Another way you can show your support for our campaign, is by sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. This may be published, giving the issue more exposure to others in the community and makes the newspaper more likely to dedicate space in upcoming issues to cover the Foulden Maar issue.

You will find a report on the destruction of Foulden Maar, a collection of news articles on our website to help inform your letter. You may also like to use the newly created Wikipedia page for Foulden Maar, which now features nearly 50 references.

Again, thank you for your support. We are so grateful to you all.

Ngā mihi nui,
The team at #SaveFouldenMaar

P.S. You can stay up to date with our campaign on Facebook and Twitter or email us on action@savefouldenmaar.co.nz.

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Opponents to Foulden Maar write open letter to Mayor Dave Cull http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/an-open-letter-to-dave-cull/ Tue, 21 May 2019 21:57:12 +0000 http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=260

Opponents to Foulden Maar write open letter to Mayor Dave Cull

24 May 2019

Opponents to a proposed diatomite mine at Foulden Maar near Middlemarch in Central Otago have written an open letter to Mayor Dave Cull asking that he immediately withdraw the Dunedin City Council ‘Letter of Support’ to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) endorsing Plaman Resources’ application for approval to buy ‘sensitive land’.

The letter, which can be viewed below, was sent on Wednesday 22 May. It is supported by more than 7,600 people from New Zealand and abroad who have signed a petition to preserve Foulden Maar in its entirety and in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations.

“In light of the misleading and incomplete information given to the Mayor by Plaman Resources, it is not enough that Mayor Cull has asked for the letters to be set aside. We need him to formally withdraw it for his action to have any impact,” said Andrea Bosshard of Middlemarch.

“The mayor has been misled once already. Why give Plaman the chance to do this again, particularly given the public outrage to their proposal and the desecration of this unique site?”

As of 10am on Friday 24 May, the letter has not yet received a response from Mayor Cull.

Open letter to Dave Cull

22 May 2015

Mayor of Dunedin
Dave Cull

We are writing on behalf of the Save Foulden Maar group, which is now supported by more than 7,400 people from New Zealand and abroad who have signed a petition to preserve Foulden Maar in its entirety and in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations.

In light of the misleading and incomplete information you were provided with by Plaman Resources’ New Zealand General Manager, Craig Pilcher, we request you immediately withdraw the Dunedin City Council ‘Letter of Support’ to the Overseas Investment Office endorsing Plaman Resources’ application for approval to buy ‘sensitive land’. We do not feel it is enough that you have put your ‘support on hold’.

Over the past weeks, you will have become aware that the scientific community has presented a considerable amount of peer-reviewed evidence attesting to the supreme importance of the site, not only for its treasure trove of fossils, but also for the invaluable climate change data it holds. We urge you to listen to them.

The lure of short-term economic growth has seen research and due diligence entirely abandoned. In addition to withdrawing your letter of support, and in the interests of democratic principles, we ask you to consult with community and scientists.

Under your leadership, Dunedin has resolved to be carbon-neutral by 2050. Despite the reassuring words on the Plaman Global website (recently removed), that “Black Pearl® reduces greenhouse gas emissions, both directly and indirectly”, do not be fooled. This is a carbon intensive industry. When at peak production in four years, there will be 216 truck movements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for over 20 years from Foulden Maar via Outram to Milton and back. The diatomite they would carry is 60% water and the drying process will also burn huge amounts of fossil fuel. This is neither in line with the DCC’s climate change policy, or the Paris Accord which New Zealand has signed up to.

Otago Museum entomologist Anthony Harris summed it up as follows: “To needlessly destroy this geological marvel would be an almost unparalleled act of uncivilised vandalism that would earn New Zealand international contempt.”

We urge you as the Mayor of Dunedin to now act with true leadership and integrity and unambiguously withdraw support from the Plaman endeavour.

Yours sincerely,

Kimberley Collins (science communicator & campaigner)
Andrea Bosshard (filmmaker)
Shane Loader (filmmaker & editor)
Nic Rawlence (palaeogeneticist)
Philippa Jamieson (writer and editor)

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UPDATE: Thank you for helping us to #SaveFouldenMaar http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/update-thank-you-for-helping-us-to-savefouldenmaar/ Sat, 18 May 2019 05:11:05 +0000 http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=367

Thank you for helping us to #SaveFouldenMaar

As we find ourselves at the end of a busy week, the team behind #SaveFouldenMaar want to say THANK YOU for signing our petition.

Just four days after launching, nearly 6,000 people have shown their support for our campaign. Together, we have sent a strong message about the importance of protecting this unique geological treasure from being mined by Plaman Resources for diatomite to feed intensively farmed animals and to use as a fertiliser on environmentally destructive palm plantations.

But the fight isn’t over yet and there is more you can do!

Share our petition with your friends and family.

The more people who sign our petition, the stronger message we send. Please share the petition with your friends and whānau.

You could do this on social media, by emailing everyone you know, or by printing a physical form to collect signatures. It will only take a second but means that hundreds of people see the petition and can join our movement.

Make a submission to the Overseas Investment Office

Plaman Resources currently has an application with the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) to purchase 400 hectares of land surrounding the 42 hectares they already own.

This application is necessary to Plaman Resources as it will make their proposal commercially viable by allowing them to fully exploit Foulden Maar and establish mine infrastructure that will operate 24/7.

We don’t know when the OIO will make a decision on their application, but members of the public are welcome to make submissions in opposition. Another way you can support our campaign is by making a submission asking that Plaman’s application be declined.

We have prepared a guide for anyone who would like to submit, along with some examples and resources about what information to include and what to expect throughout the process.

Write a letter to the editor

Another way you can show your support for our campaign is by sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. This may be published, which gives the issue more exposure to others in the community and makes the newspaper more likely to dedicate space in upcoming issues to cover the Foulden Maar issue.

Again, thank you for your support. We are so grateful to you all.

Ngā mihi nui,

The team at #SaveFouldenMaar

P.S. You can stay up to date with our campaign on Facebook and Twitter or email us on action@savefouldenmaar.co.nz.

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Can you help collect signatures for our petition? http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/can-you-help-collect-signatures-for-our-petition/ Fri, 17 May 2019 04:01:04 +0000 http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=205

Print our petition

The more people who sign our petition, the stronger message we send that Foulden Maar deserves to be protected from being mined.

Our petition is hosted on ActionStation’s website, so please share the link with your friends and family.

You can also download and print the petition along with a form to collect signatures on.

Once you have filled it up, our volunteers can enter them on ActionStation. Just scan and email them to us (action@savefouldenmaar.co.nz) or post them to us (download the PDF for mailing instructions).

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REPORT: The Destruction of Foulden Maar http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/report-the-destruction-of-foulden-maar/ Wed, 15 May 2019 03:22:41 +0000 http://wordpress-516448-1642989.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=113

REPORT: The Destruction of Foulden Maar

By Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader

Andrea and Shane have been working on the campaign to Save Foulden Maar for the past year. During this time, they have researched and written about the issue in detail to create this report, The Destruction of Foulden Maar.

This is now available to download as a PDF below.

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