The Minister of Conservation is challenging a previous legal action that found the Department of Conservation's decision to revoke the status of 22ha of specially protected conservation land to pave the way for an irrigation scheme in Hawke's Bay was unlawful.

Should the Department win this case in the Supreme Court, not only will 22ha of beech forest and wetland be destroyed, the ability to chip away at conservation estate we previously thought was protected for all New Zealanders, forever, will be completely undermined.

Forest & Bird's case in the Supreme Court tests the 1987 Conservation Act in the highest court in the land. If the Department wins, a very dangerous precedent for all of our specially protected conservation land will be set.

This is an unacceptable action for the Minister - who should be protecting our conservation land rather than destroying it.

Forest and Bird will be in the Supreme Court on behalf of our conservation lands - please help them to help us.

View this YouTube video or visit the Forest and Bird website and go to their Media releases page