It must have looked quite a sight for people driving by. An unsuspecting corner, curving gently around a quiet part of the West coast's Buller Gorge in the early morning mist. But look a little closer and....my God, that's Xena Warrior Princess and Sheryl West rubbing themselves up against a pile of coal. 

This was all in aid of humouring Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee and his adoration of this dirty fossil fuel. In 2007 (yes, in the 21st century, yes, in a climate constrained world) he made a video entitled "Sexy Coal" (see 1 minute 40 seconds in for his absurd use of the adjective). So climate ambassadors Lucy Lawless and Robyn Malcolm thought they'd see for themselves if they too could experience a kind of carnal urge when coming into close contact with this common fossil fuel. Suffice to say no matter how much they channelled Gerry, they just couldn't bring themselves to get amorous towards a cold, hard planet-killer.

Later, we visited the site in the East Paparoa National Park where the Government wants to allow the mining of 3,000 hectares for low grade coal. It's beautiful Thick beech-podocarp forest, a huge variety of flora which i couldn't name if you paid me, and, according to the Government's own discussion paper on the area, a range of threatened bird species. It's just not somewhere you want to be ploughing through with a digger.

"Well, this is it," said Robyn, standing in a clearing in the proposed site. The crown jewels, just waiting to be picked and sold off by the Government.

"It's what the schedule 4 plans represent that is most concerning," she told me "It shows a Government that has turned its back on what Kiwis stand for and believe in. If they're prepared to scar our National Parks, just what aren't they prepared to do?"

TV 3 came with us for the ride. Check out Samantha Hayes' story on the 6 o'clock news.

 You can see more images here of Paparoa. And stay tuned for the launch of a great video featuring Lucy and Robyn and their trip down West.

Watch the Lucy and Robyn in their own Sexy Coal video