SAVE OUR WATER NZNew Zealand’s precious water is under threat again! Late last year, plans to allow a West Coast consortium to export 800 million litres of water every month were given the go ahead with no public consultation. Local Councils continue to grant these extraction consents for bottling or bulk export. These private companies are taking advantage of minimal legislation that allows them to continue to profit from our water at next to no cost. Whilst many parts of the country have ongoing issues accessing clean water, billions of litres are being given away for private companies to exploit. Currently there are 76 bottling companies across New Zealand who have permits and pay as little as $500 to local councils for them. This is a community resource that needs to be protected for future generations, we call on our Government to put measures in place to protect this precious resource and put people and the environment before profit! New Zealand water is a precious resource - NOT FOR SALE! #Waterislife http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/88099749/from-national-park-to-overseas-plan-to-export-billions-of-litres-of-west-coast-water http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/321811/petition-launched-to-protect-mt-aspiring-water
Truck Free KaikouraWhile, of course, many trucks will still need to use the highway to make local deliveries along the route, this is a golden opportunity to encourage much of the large, long haul freight that does not stop along the way, off the highway and onto the most environmentally friendly modes of transport; firstly, coastal shipping and secondly, rail. This is not to promote a ban, rather it is to provide infrastructure that will promote and encourage a reduction in the some 550 daily truck trips currently required. Let's take this opportunity to create a world renowned Kaikoura Coastal Scenic Highway. Let’s reinstate the road through the Kaikoura District to include a safe cycle/walking lane separate from the Highway wherever possible and safely integrated with the highway around the narrow, bluffy parts of the coast. Imagine the growth in prosperity for the whole region. Reinstate the rail for freight and a fantastic tourism experience with strategic stop-offs to compliment the cycle/walkway. 1. Honour our international obligations to reduce carbon emissions. 2. ‘Future proof’ the freight transport network against further disruptive events. 3. Create a much safer highway for all users. 4. Minimize highway repairs. 5. Create a quieter, more relaxed and people friendly Kaikoura Township for both locals and tourists to enjoy. 6. A safe cycle/walkway through the region will increase tourism opportunities and SH1 will become a world renowned tourist highway.
Reduce Student Loan Repayment Requirements - 12% per dollar over threshold to 8%This is important because we still want to encourage repayments of student loans, without putting undue financial pressure on individuals and families who are doing their best to get ahead and provide for themselves and/or their families. It is a simple, but effective change which would relieve much of this pressure. It also encourages a healthier work ethic, as those who are working, only to have all income spent on the basic cost of living, generally do not possess the same drive as those who are meeting their living costs without the same struggle. Here's a quick video demonstrating income vs. expenses for an individual on a labour only contract, using blocks to keep it simple: https://youtu.be/AF3c0Q0FTXM Let's help our fellow kiwis get on top of their student loan repayments, and show them a bit of love for working so hard for our country, by reducing the percentage of income deducted from 12% to 8%.
Save our regional NZ railRail is important to reduce residential suburban community public health & safety issues. Residential suburban communities located close to truck routes all over N.Z. especially in export producing regions, and large cities, are now in peril according to latest (WHO) World Health studies. These residential communities near heavy road traffic routes, have been linked heart disease and many other medical damages to the increasing exposure to heavy freight truck noise, vibration, & air quality degradation from truck tyre/diesel particulate pollution. One truck produces 100 times more than one car in air pollution. Source – several studies including U.S. & N.Z. studies. (NIWA) Recent UK studies have concluded that those communities living within 300 metres of busy roads will suffer increased cases of dementia. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/04/living-near-heavy-traffic-increases-dementia-risk-say-scientists. (Quote) Previously, scientists have linked air pollution and traffic noise to reduced density of white matter (the brain’s connective tissue) and lower cognition. A recent study suggested that magnetic nano-particles from air pollution can make their way into brain tissue. The latest study, published in The Lancet, found that those who live closest to major traffic arteries were up to 12% more likely to be diagnosed with dementia – a small but significant increase in risk. These public health damages to residential communities has also been confirmed by several other studies including a large N.Z. study produced in 2004 by the N.Z. Ministry of Transport showing 980 early deaths annually in N.Z. is attributed to vehicle air pollution alone. This heavy traffic noise, vibration & pollution exposure to residential communities near truck routes, coupled with cyclists deaths caused by trucks must all be mitigated, and a N.Z. Rail Strategy must be produced to combat these premature deaths increasing due to our failing current Land Transport road freight policy. Pollution Residential bad planning pollution hotspot. For example Napier has now the N.Z. dubious title as among the largest volume of truck freight movements through a 12,000 populated residential community. All 12 000 residents live within 300 meters of the busy truck route called H.B. Expressway. With a daily average of almost 2 000 trucks a day. Along with 23 000 other vehicles. Also within 300 meters two residential city traffic corridors are situated. Kennedy Road & Taradale Road who have a combined total of another 50 000 vehicles a day. This residential pollution hot spot produced by bad planning, has generated a total of over 80 000 vehicles a day in a 300 meter radius. Now this is a public health crisis, that was highlighted in a year long (PCE) study in 2003. The report entitled “H.B. Expressway noise & air Quality issues 2004” is a report generated by the (PCE) Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and amongst the 9 recommendations can be mitigated by a movement back to rail freight. Gisborne also as similar residential communities exposed to 24/7 truck traffic pollution issues due to reliance on road based heavy haulage rather than rail freight from inland port facilities not established. If the rail was re-established we see the health benefits are complimentary to providing safer roads for other users and cheaper freight for our export producers. Please PM Bill English restore our regional rail freight & passenger/tourism service for the health and safety of our communities.
Save Te Waikoropupu Springs : Greater Wellington Regional CouncilTe Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay is the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere and contains some of the clearest waters ever measured on earth. Tasman District Council has proposed to increase current water allocations in the Takaka catchment area by 70 per cent, largely for dairy farms. This is bad news for the springs: the unique organisms that keep the water crystal clear may die if dairying pollution increases and/or river levels fall too low.
Save Te Waikoropupu Springs : Tasman District CouncilTe Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay is the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere and contains some of the clearest waters ever measured on earth. Tasman District Council has proposed to increase current water allocations in the Takaka catchment area by 70 per cent, largely for dairy farms. This is bad news for the springs: the unique organisms that keep the water crystal clear may die if dairying pollution increases and/or river levels fall too low.
#SaveOurFallenKauri: Stop The Illegal Trade of Swamp Kauri and Save Our WetlandsAncient Kauri is being ripped out from our native Northland wetlands. Northland Environmental Protection Society has identified a rare native orchid where the majority of the world’s population was wiped out last year by swamp kauri mining. Evidence of illegal or at the least dubious trade has been exposed. The Ministry for Primary Industries and Customs have no record of this massive swamp kauri log being exported to Shanghai. Why? Overseas websites sell slabs and logs of ancient swamp kauri when this is only country that should be selling locally made swamp kauri products. We all know a rough sawn slab in China is not a finished table. We need to save wetlands and local jobs. So right now we need a moratorium on all swamp kauri mining and exports until the whole mess is investigated and sorted out and laws adhered to with illegal swamp kauri to be impounded. We need your help. Please sign our petition and tell central Government to #SaveOurFallenKauri
Justice for Susan Burdett. Make NZ Police reopen her murder case.Susan Burdett and her family deserve justice. Since Teina Pora was cleared of the murder with his wrongful conviction quashed, the real murderer needs to be tried. The NZ Police have refused to meet with media that have uncovered new evidence. All New Zealand citizens should be able to feel safe in their homes and should be able to trust that the NZ Police will do their best to find the murderer and bring them to justice if that happened to any of our families. Susan Burdett's life means something. She should not be forgotten. Her families quest for justice needs our support. She deserves justice. She deserved peace in her home. Malcolm Rewa raped her and robbed her of her peace. She was murdered that night in Pah Rd, Papatoetoe, Auckland. He is the only suspect now and there is new evidence that places Malcolm Rewa three doors away alone on that night in 1992. It will be 25 years in March since she was murdered. No one was brought to justice for taking Susan's life. Susan Burdett deserves eternal peace. Justice brings peace.
Stop Solar Tax in NZ!Renewable energy such as solar power is the key to a greener, cleaner New Zealand and helps to combat climate change by breaking the malicious cycle that using non-renewable energy sources has created. Unfortunately, electricity providers see solar power as a threat to their profits. In Hawkes Bay there is currently a solar tax that is penalizing solar users. This tax could become the reality for the rest of New Zealand, a chance to change our environments future is being taken away from us. We need to act now!
Make Otautahi-Christchurch one-use plastic-bag freeSamoa and 29 other countries have banned them...now it's time for our redesigned city Otautahi-Christchurch to lead the way in NZ. NZers send an estimated one BILLION plastic bags to landfill annually. Scientists estimate it takes 1000 years (yes, you read that right) for plastic bags to degrade and during that process toxins are leached and particles can get into the food chain.