• NEW ZEALAND REJECTS TUNNEL THROUGH WORLD HERITAGE AREA

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    WELLINGTON: New Zealand on Wednesday threw out plans to bore an 11 kilometer (seven mile) road tunnel into a World Heritage-listed area, saying the environmental cost was too high. A private company wanted to build the tunnel through the South Island wilderness to slash driving times for buses carrying tourists from Queenstown’s ski fields to the pristine Milford Sound by five hours. But Conservation Minister Nick Smith said he had rejected the so-called Milford Dart tunnel on environmental and safety grounds.

    AFP

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