My response to Straterra's Chris Baker, whose comments framed an earlier piece in the New Zealand Herald. In fact, 69 percent of New Zealanders agree: conservation is at the heart of what it means to be a New Zealander (DOC, 2012).

“The misinformation advanced by parts of the community, however well-intended, does not help informed debate on our economic future.”

It’s a great quote from Straterra’s Chris Baker (NZ HeraldPublic back mining: poll” October 15, 2012). Unfortunately, in this instance, Mr Baker himself was the one advancing the misinformation.

He also said that poll results released by Straterra this month showed “relatively poor public understanding of the reality today of minerals activities in New Zealand,” and this was “a call to improve public understanding of the sector” (Straterra press release, October 11, 2012).


This is the start of my op ed published yesterday - in part in the New Zealand Herald, and in full in the Otago Daily Times. To go to the ODT site and continue reading, click here.

In a postscript, I hear a rumour that MED agrees the poll was unreliable, and has now taken it down from its site.

Comments (4)

by Ian MacKay on October 23, 2012
Ian MacKay

Keep watching on our behalf Claire. Thanks.

by Beau Murrah (2018) on October 24, 2012
Beau Murrah (2018)


I can confirm that the MED taking down the poll is not a rumour, indeed they did it in response to my email heh!

More here:

Kind regards,
Beau Murrah 

by Beau Murrah (2018) on October 24, 2012
Beau Murrah (2018)

Ok my apologies for the double post (now triple!). Phew, no option to delete comments I can see? this website works a bit different than I am used to. Also, the link I provided above doesn't seem to work. If you have the option, please delete the two posts above.

Anywho, my blog is here:

RE MED, I can confirm its not a rumour.
On 19th October I wrote a post called "Polls, Spin and Straterra" about this poll and sent an email to MED regarding Coal Action Network Aotearoa's and Generation Zero's press releases on the matter. They responded to my email and removed it (emailed contained in that post).

 Kind regards
- no need for signature 

by Claire Browning on October 25, 2012
Claire Browning

Thanks Beau.

(Duplicate comments now fixed.)

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