• Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Northland Regional Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser props up industrial dairying. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. But we don’t need it. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can lead the world in practising it. Together, we can move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. But to do that, we need to get rid of the enablers of the old, destructive system. We need to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.
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  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Chris Laidlaw, Wellington Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser props up industrial dairy farming. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. Since 1990, dairy cow numbers in New Zealand have more than doubled, whilst the use of Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser has increased seven-fold (from 1990 to 2015). The dairy industry is now the country’s single biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and is causing huge pollution in our waterways. The runoff from Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilisers pollutes our rivers and oceans, contaminating drinking water and killing wildlife. The scale of this is so huge, that 70% of our rivers are now too polluted to swim in. When applied, Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser directly causes nitrous oxide emissions, a gas that's 289 times worse for the climate than CO2 and the most ozone-depleting one to boot. It's no surprise that agriculture is currently responsible for 49% of New Zealand's emissions. But, we don’t need to use Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can become world leaders in practising it. Together, we can support farmers to move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. There are farmers in New Zealand who are already farming regeneratively, and the practices they are using offer a genuine solution to the environmental crises we face. This environmentally responsible approach not only eliminates the need for Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser, it has also been proven to be able to sequester carbon rather than emit it, rebuild biodiversity rather than diminish it, purify water rather than pollute it, and build healthy soil rather than degrade it. To do all this, we need to get rid of the enablers of the old, destructive system. We need to ban Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser. Help Wellington become a leader in supporting sustainable agriculture.
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  • Remove Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser from our soil and waterways: Phil Goff, Auckland Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser props up industrial dairying. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. But we don’t need it. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can lead the world in practising it. Together, we can move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. But to do that, we need to get rid of the enablers of an old, destructive system. We need to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser. New Zealanders should have clean water to drink, clean rivers to swim in and a safe climate to enjoy. Dairy cow numbers have doubled since 1990, and in this same period the use of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser has increased seven-fold (from 1990 to 2015). The dairy industry is now the country’s single biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and is causing huge pollution in our waterways. 70% of our rivers are now too polluted to even swim in. There are farmers in New Zealand who are already farming regeneratively without using synthetic nitrogen. These farms and the revolutionary practices they are developing and using offer a genuine solution to the environmental crises we face. This environmentally responsible approach not only eliminates the need for synthetic nitrogen fertiliser, it has also been proven to be able to sequester carbon rather than emit it, rebuild biodiversity rather than diminish it, purify water rather than pollute it, and build healthy soil rather than degrade it. Let's transform Auckland into a city we can all be proud of.
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  • Stop Selling Non Dolphin-Friendly Fish
    This is important because there are only 43-47 Maui's dolphins left, and they are rapidly declining. Scientists predict that if we don't do something to help them, the Maui's dolphin will be extinct in 15 years time. Do we really want one of our most beautiful native animals to die out? No. So let's help them by making sure that we buy, and sell, the right fish.
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  • Stop the Mainland Poultry mega egg factory farm in Orini, Waikato
    I oppose Mainland Poultry's application to build a mega egg factory farm in Orini, Waikato because it will have a detrimental impact on the local community, the environment and animal welfare. I want the Waikato District Council to decline Mainland Poultry's application for the following reasons: - Odour impact - this factory farm will stink - Visual impact - this factory farm will be a visual eyesore - Traffic impact - this factory farm will vastly increase heavy traffic in the area - Flooding impact - this factory farm will be built in a flood prone area - Water Capacity - this factory farm will be a massive drain on the local water source - Animal welfare - this factory farm will confine 400,000 hens to cruel conditions - Noise impact - this factory farm will have a negative noise impact on the local community - Waste disposal - this factory farm will create tonnes of waste, dead hens and manure - Dust management - this factory farm will create considerable dust pollution - Storm water - this factory farm will put massive pressure on the local storm water infrastructure - Amenity/character - this factory farm will ruin Orini's beautiful valley and pastoral environment - Lack of inclusion of public in notification process - this factory farm is of national significance and it should have been publicly notified
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  • Preserve the future of the Pacific Ocean
    The Runit Dome, aka "Cactus Dome" or locally "The Tomb", is a 46 cm thick dome of concrete at sea level, encapsulating an estimated 73,000 m3 of radioactive debris, including some plutonium-239. The debris stems from nuclear tests conducted in the Enewetak Atoll by the United States between 1946 and 1958. From 1977 to 1980, loose waste and top soil debris scraped off from six different islands in the Enewetak Atoll was transported here, mixed with concrete and stored in the nuclear blast crater of the "Cactus" test from May 6 1958. 4,000 US servicemen were involved in the cleanup and it took three years to complete. The waste-filled crater was finally entombed in concrete. In 1982, a US government task force raised concern about a probable breach if a severe typhoon were to hit the island. In 2013, a report by the US Department of Energy found that the concrete dome had weathered with minor cracking of the structure. Leaking and breaching of the dome, which is inevitable due to rising sea levels, could disperse plutonium, a radioactive element that is also a very toxic heavy metal. This would be enough to contaminate the entire Pacific Ocean. The cleaning operation in the 1970s only removed an estimated 0.8 percent of the total transuranic waste in the Enewetak atoll.One particular concern is that, in order to save costs, the original plan to line the porous bottom crater with concrete was abandoned. Since the bottom of the crater consists of permeable soil, seawater is inside the dome.
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  • No Mt Messenger Bypass - save Mangapēpeke Valley
    This new road will damage the "physically, spiritually and socially significant" Mimitangiatua River and Mangapēpeke Stream of Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama and Poutama. It will destroy 44.4 hectares of indigenous forest and wetlands that are home to dozens of threatened native species such as the North Island Brown Kiwi, Archey's frog, Long-tail Bats, Fernbirds, North Island Robins, Giant Kōkopu and Shining Cuckoo. This proposal is opposed by the Department of Conservation, Forest & Bird and landowners who are being forced from their homes. Some iwi are yet to be fully consulted and other iwi are still deciding, being so far unsatisfied with mitigation offers. Mangapēpeke means 'frog stream' and frogs are a well known environmental health indicator species. No amount of proposed tree planting and pest control can mitigate the damage actual forest removal and pest introduction this road will cause. The 'bypass' should not go ahead. It makes no sense to destroy ancient forest communities just so cars and trucks can get from A to B a few minutes quicker. The touted safety improvements do not stack up when well-known fog and black ice in the proposed area is taken into account. Nor when increased speeds will also increase accident rates. The age of large truck transportation is coming to an end as fossil fuels become ethically unaffordable. So let's be practical, do we really need a brand new $200million road? It is time to move on from fossil road projects and create a vibrant, sustainable Taranaki economy. An upgrade of the existing road makes far more sense.
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  • Ban the Plastic Bag in the Far North!
    Single-use disposable plastic bags are not recycled and although often reused, they pollute and poison the marine and land environment and negatively impact human and animal health. The ingestion of plastic in our sea waters seriously threatens turtles, whales, sea birds and myriad other creatures. Plastic bags take several hundred years to break down leaving microscopic pieces of highly toxic plastic in the environment as they fissure. Toxicity from plastic components has been scientifically linked to metabolic disorders and threats to fertility in humans and sea creatures. Stopping the use of single-use disposable plastic bags is a relatively easy way we can make a positive difference.
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  • Stop the Rakitu Brodifacoum Poison Drop
    To stop the dumping of poisons in our food chain and promote the ethical treatment of all animals, and the long-term health of our environment.
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  • Halt seismic testing of Taranaki moana
    Mass public opposition inspired the courage and mandate for our government to declare a nuclear free Aotearoa/New Zealand. We stopped nuclear warships despite huge odds, and declared our nation Nuclear Free, it’s now time to stop the Amazon Warrior. Now it is time to declare Aotearoa Seas Oil Free. We, the people of the lands and seas of the West Coast, invite all of our relations, along with everyone in Aotearoa and across the globe who care about our oceans, and our future to sign in support. Join us, he mokopuna o Te Kāhui Mounga, Te Kāhui Rere, Te Kāhui Tara Te Kāhui o Rauru Te Korowai o Ngaaruahine Te Kotahitanga o Te Ati Awa Poutama Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki Taranaki Māori Womens Network Ngatiawa ki Taranaki Trust Manukorihi Hapu Inc. Society Te Hapū o Waipapa Marae Ngaa Ariki Friends of the Waitara River Te Kāhui o Taranaki Taipakee Marae Ngaaruahine Iwi Authority Te Ahuru Marae Waiopapa Marae Ngāti Rakei o Kamate Ngāti Wai Te Kawau
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  • Waitakere ranges
    The manufactures of this chemical will not admit to its possible carcingenic impact on humans, flora and fauna. Why risk our long term future health for the sake of Monsantos multi billion dollar short term revenue gain.
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  • Save our Reserves
    Valuable public open spaces are now under threat from this Government, which wants to carve up and sell our parks for housing developments. Once it’s sold, it’s gone forever. Save Our Reserves (SOR) emerged as a response to a proposed housing development on Point England Reserve, Auckland. We thought this reserve would be a reserve forever. It’s a wonderful open space with rural character, playing fields and endangered birds. However the Government plans to sell 11.69 hectares (28.88 acres) of the land to Ngāti Paoa (or other developers) for a housing development as part of their Treaty settlement. We support iwi in getting fair treaty settlement but do not agree to public reserves being used as commercial property. We realise that this sets a dangerous precedent for other reserves, and have formed a group to help other communities who will face similar losses under this Government. This petition is a push back to say NO to housing on parks, sports fields and public reserves across New Zealand so communities don’t have to fight individual battles. We don’t want central government forcing local councils to rezone public open space for housing. The development will destroy the primary roosting habitat of 50-90% of the remaining wild shorebirds in the Tāmaki Estuary. The development proposed in this Bill covers 50% of the endangered New Zealand dotterel nesting ground. This intensive housing development will bring cats and dogs and people into the nesting ground, evicting the birds. For explanatory notes and background to the petition visit http://saveourreserves.org.nz/petition/
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