The Conservation Minister's staying tight-lipped over how she feels about a planned tunnel from Queenstown to Milford Sound.
Locals turned out in force yesterday to meet with Kate Wilkinson to voice their opposition to the plans, which would see a tunnel go under parts of Mount Aspiring and the Fiordland National Park.
But she's being cautious about how she feels about the controversial plans, saying she's staying neutral so as not to upset anyone.
However Ms Wilkinson says it's a great community of hardy people.
"It's got a wonderfully idyllic playground and you have to respect their passion for it and you have to admire it. I just think it's great, and we had young kids out there and to hear from them what really was important about their parks and what were their favourite birds was just great."
Photo: Kate Wilkinson (NZ Herald)