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Written by Paul Gorman, The Press   
Thursday, 06 May 2010

A senior Crown appointee has blown the lid on an environmental policy he accuses the Government of burying because it is anti-development.

Former Labour conservation minister and Nelson mayor Philip Woollaston has defied Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson to release the proposed New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement and the accompanying report of the government's board of inquiry.

See the report.

The board's work recommends tougher standards on coastal development and more attention to public access and preserving coastal landscapes.

The people who made submissions on the original proposal and the taxpayers who paid for the inquiry deserve no less.

Woollaston, a member of the four-person inquiry team and a co-author of the documents, said he had made them public because he was "exasperated and angry" at Wilkinson's attitude towards the board's conclusions and to the more than 500 New Zealanders who made submissions on the policy.

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