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Mountain clubs push for new national park

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/06/2017

A campaign is under way to put high country land near Queenstown into a national park to better protect it.

The Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) on Friday launched the bid to form The Remarkables National Park in Otago and Southland.

FMC President Peter Wilson says the proposed park is a long-held dream of conservationists and recreationalists.

The campaign contains a series of challenges for the public to put to politicians.

"We are asking political parties for their responses directly, but we would also like our 20,000 members and the wider outdoor community to think about these challenges and put them to politicians that are seeking their vote," Mr Wilson says.

New Zealand has a general election in September.

The proposed park would include the watersheds of the Wye, Nevis, Waikaia and Pomahaka rivers, the Remarkables Mountain Range, along with the Hector/Tapuae o Uenuku, Garvie, Old Man/Kopuwai and Old Woman ranges.

New Zealand currently has 13 national parks that are administered by the Department of Conservation. They are popular tourist destinations.

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