A clear sign the protesters are on the back foot, they have abandoned rational argument (such as it was), and gone straight for the heart strings.
Proposed Auckland port developments could be a killer blow for the harbour’s already endangered New Zealand orca population, a wildlife expert fears.
Ports of Auckland wants to build two 100m extensions from the end of Bledisloe Wharf and eventually reclaim 3ha of seabed between them, a move which has sparked fierce public backlash.
Orca Research Trust founder and principal scientist Dr Ingrid Visser feared a narrower Waitemata Harbour would make boat strikes more common and increased noise could put the endangered mammals off entering a vital feeding and sleeping area.
Oh dear. Of all the places in the world Orca want to feed and sleep, it’s exactly off the current port extension. Right. Not doing yourself a lot of credit there Ingrid. This is how you lose support from people who care about your work in general. Read more »