"The exodus of the young to Australia was facilitated by mining opportunities in that country when their skills would be better utilised in NZ"
Environmental protests against oil, gas and gold mining have broken out from one end of the country to the other in the last two days.
"NZ has the potential to be a Norway, leading the world in social welfare, cradle-to-grave provision. But first we need an oil and gas industry."
Straterra says the government is right to try and improve the Resource Management Act, dismissing environmental groups' claims of a ministerial power grab as "rubbish".
The Pike River Royal Commission has done a good job but the country's small coal mining industry should not be over-regulated, a resources industry body says.
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