NEW ZEALAND — A New Zealand environmental protection charity will fight the High Court order requiring it to file an environmental protection suit.
In a statement, the World Wildlife Fund said it is disappointed with the decision and is considering all options to appeal.
The decision comes as the world continues to grapple with the effects of climate change and the impacts of sea-level rise, and as the country faces rising pollution levels.
It will take time for the case to be heard and will be challenged in the High Courts, the WWF said.
The decision comes just weeks after the country’s largest animal protection group filed a legal challenge against the government in the Federal Court.
The WWF said it was also disappointed the Government failed to address concerns raised by the New Zealand Wildlife Trust and others in its first months in office.
“The Government’s response has been to delay the start of the process of bringing the environmental protection action before the High Commission.
It has also failed to consult with the New Zealander Wildlife Trust, who are among the organisations who have raised concerns about the process and who have made their views known in recent weeks,” the WWF’s statement said.
In a letter to the High Commissioner of New Zealand, WWF Deputy Director of Environmental Law David Moulds said the Government’s decision to delay court action was not just in the best interests of the New World Wildlife Trust but also the interests of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
The New Zealand Government has not made an official statement about the decision.