The Save Happy Valley Coalition
(SHVC) is an environmental activist
movement formed with the express purpose of preventing the Cypress mine
, an open cast coal
mine on the West Coast
of New Zealand
, from proceeding.
The Coalition is a member of the environmental umbrella group Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand
In 2004, Solid Energy
, a New Zealand State owned enterprise
, applied for resource consents
under the Resource Management Act
for the Cypress Mine
, a proposed open-cast coal mine. The consents were granted by the Buller District Council and the West Coast Regional Council. The Buller Conservation Group, Forest and Bird and Te Runanga O Ngati Waewae, and the Department of Conservation appealed the consent decision to the Environment Court
. The appeal was declined and the resource consents confirmed in a decision issued on 24 May 2005.
Jon Oosterman, a spokesperson for the campaign, vowed publicly that a direct action
campaign would proceed to halt the mine. The Forest and Bird
appealed the decision in the High Court
, and in December 2005, the High Court dismissed the appeal.
The campaign to date has organised public meetings to raise awareness, instigated a postcard, letter writing and lobbying campaign, occupied the head office grounds of the mining company, scaled a... Read More