"The Government is proposing opening up more than 7000 hectares of conservation land to mining.
The land includes some areas in the Coromandel Peninsula, and the Inangahua sector of Paparoa National Park.
The proposal has just been released by Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee and Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson.
Mr Brownlee said 7058ha of land presently in Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act could be opened to mining, and he has floated the proposal in a discussion document.
Land in Schedule 4 is usually deemed to be of high conservation value and, at this stage, cannot be mined.
Mr Brownlee said 7058ha was just 0.2% of Schedule 4 land.
"This is nothing like the vast tracts of land suggested to date by the environmental lobby."
He said only 5% of the land being considered could actually be mined - as little as 500ha. That was smaller than the average New Zealand sheep and beef farmYou are finished brownlee - the lies you have run with are now about to catch up with you and your legacy will be destruction and decay. Your name will be used to shame others - starting today.