Fiordland's international standing won't be the be-all and end-all when it comes to a major development being proposed for the region
Opponents of the project are highlighting Fiordland National Park's World heritage status as a reason why the proposed Milford tunnel project shouldn't proceed.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith says the heritage status is a factor, but not by any means the most significant one.
He says those that claim a tunnel, or similar visitor facilities, would remove the heritage status are, in his view, mistaken.
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