Labour's Reversal On Eugenie Sage's Waihi Mine Decision Shows Green Party's Lack Of Ministerial Power - Greenpeace

The Labour Party overruling Eugenie Sage's decision to deny an overseas mining company from buying 180 hectares of land in Waihi has proven that the Green Party aren't "so powerful after all," according to Greenpeace Aotearoa's Russel Norman.

OceanaGold's application under the Overseas Investment Act to buy the parcel of land to dig for more gold was approved by Labour Party ministers Grant Robertson and David Parker, after being previously denied by Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage.

Mr Norman, a former Green Party co-leader, called the move "an early Christmas present for the gold mining company".

"They've got approval to build a toxic waste dump, essentially," Mr Norman told TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning.