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The ‘Save Manapouri’ petition

The ‘Save Manapouri’ petition

Staff of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society display boxes of the ‘Save Manapouri’ petition, shortly before it was presented to Parliament in 1970. The campaign, begun in 1969, opposed a hydroelectricity scheme that would raise the level of Lake Manapōuri in Fiordland National Park. It heralded a growing awareness of conservation issues, and opened debate about what activities should be allowed in national parks.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1970/2201/12A-F

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'National parks - Māori, conservation, ecology: the 1960s onward', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 June 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015