• Sign on to the submission in opposition to the Replacement Water Treatment Plant in Titirangi
    ALTERNATIVES: We submit that the site was selected based on altered scores, due almost entirely to inappropriate political pressure on the CCO as a result of sustained media coverage, resulting in the most optimal site from being selected. We submit that the first principle of the RMA to AVOID irreversible adverse environmental effects has not been satisfactorily achieved with the project being proposed in this location. It is also inconsistent with the relevant objectives and policies of the Auckland Unitary Plan. VEGETATION REMOVAL: Noting that Auckland Council declared a climate emergency on 11th June 2019 we submit the removal of thousands of trees is irresponsible and out of step with best practice. The ecology reports confirm this site forms linkages and corridors for wildlife with adjoining regional parkland including the North-West Link, furthermore edge effects will compromise the trees that remain outside of the construction site. We submit that proposed buffer zones are totally inappropriate in size, additionally at the Reservoir 2 site all high integrity bush inside the “buffer zone” will be removed, and replaced by low value vegetation. Watercare already plan that that new vegetation may need to be removed in the future for pipe maintenance. The shaft of the NH2 is inside the area of highest ecological value, and within riparian margins. This “creep” of add-ons is indicative of further encroachment over time. This is further demonstrated by the Watercare statement: “Revegetation of the decommissioned WTP site is not proposed, in order to preserve the long term resilience of the water supply system through allowing space for future refurbishment and/or expansion of the plant" EFFECTS ON BIODIVERSITY: We submit that due consideration has not been made to: The impact of noise on surrounding wildlife. Furthermore in our view a satisfactory understanding of the underlying wildlife habitat that will be disturbed has not been established. Eg, a single bird survey period of December-January is inadequate. The bat survey was also inconclusive and further investigations are warranted. After the applicant was notified on 10 June 2019 of the discovery of new insect species and the presence of other rare insect species, further investigations were warranted before the application was lodged. KAURI AND KAURI DIEBACK: Large parts of the Waitakere Ranges are closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback yet 3.5ha of land are to be cleared within this protected area. We would like to point out that: Only those kauri with a trunk diameter >20cm have been counted during site surveys, leaving smaller regenerating kauri unaccounted for. No investigations specific to the proposed development have been undertaken and the Ecological Report does not address the sensitive root systems of kauri and the impact of stress on vulnerability to kauri dieback. The SOPs for kauri dieback were not designed for projects of this scale and all soil from the project site must be considered as contaminated for the purpose of the potential spread of kauri dieback disease to kauri beyond the project footprint treated in accordance with this assumption. IMPACTS DOWNSTREAM OF THE SITE We submit that sediment controls are inadequate and the risk of failure could be catastrophic. Titirangi-Laingholm Catchment Modelling, including flood profiling is still underway giving insufficient information regarding the risk. Failure Mode 1 does not adequately address the evacuation or warning systems with downstream residents or the school which tests water in Kopai Gully. Given all soil is assumed to be contaminated such an event would risk healthy and genetically diverse kauri downstream. It would also risk the population of inanga at Little Muddy Creek. TRAFFIC IMPACT: This proposal has a 8year construction period. Consideration must be made of the impact not only for local traffic that use these roads every day, but for tourist traffic, school buses and cyclists. Pedestrian safety for school children and recreational and dog walkers will be compromised. Vibration damage of homes along the truck routes will be an additional cost to the project not budgeted for. TOURISM AMENITY IMPACTS The proposed construction site is at the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges and would be a very visual scar and tarnish our international image. THE PROPOSED TRUST: Titirangi Protection Group opposes mitigation regarding it as a blunt archaic tool and out of step with progressive thinking to development in our city. We submit that this is only compensation (and should in no way be referred to as “mitigation”) and is focused on Biosecurity not Biodiversity. Mitigation is over and above what is currently planned or supported. We note there are multiple groups in the proposed zone who have support to increase biodiversity in the area via Auckland Biodiversity expertise and Auckland Council Grants. The NETR has increased this support. Any Trust should be in existence for the whole operational life of the plant, not just the period whilst being built and commissioned. The expected high level of engagement in the catchment is based on the aspirations of the community in relation to the Muddy Creeks Local Area Plan, however this does not take into account the resistance of many in the catchment who oppose the project and want no part in perceived blood/hush money. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? The site is almost completely covered in native vegetation and has been identified as a Significant Ecological Area (SEA) in the AUP. The site is only one of a small number of SEAs in Auckland that meet all 5 of the conditions required to be a SEA. Studies show direct connections between spending time in a forest atmosphere and the lowering of the stress hormone cortisol. The loss of forest, together with the noise and disruption will be distressing for the community over a long period of time.
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  • End all NZ Super Fund Investments in Winter Crop Grazing
    Our nation’s global reputation relies on a government that puts the health of its environment and people's wellbeing first. Spending millions of dollars from the nation’s pension fund on farms that practice Winter Crop Grazing is one of the most unethical choices the Superannuation investment fund has EVER made! In contrast to traditional grazing, winter crop grazing restricts animals to small patches of land for long periods, which quickly turn into mud. This practice causes freshwater pollution, animal suffering and soil degradation. Freshwater pollution: Nitrate leaches into our aquifers at over 10 times the rate of normal grazing, destroying groundwater for future use and remaining for hundreds of years. Phosphate- and pathogen-rich effluent runs off into streams, rivers, lakes and estuaries, making them un-swimmable, and killing ecosystems. Animal suffering: The land these animals are grazed on turns to mud, which leaves animals with nowhere dry to rest and give birth. They often end up licking mud to get water. Soil degradation: Winter crop grazing destroys the soil and releases tonnes of stored carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating climate breakdown. This practice is heavily dependant on pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilisers which are causing severe decline in biodiversity and human health. This is no way to be ‘investing for the next generation’. Please sign and share this petition with your networks Email the minister responsible: Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance. g.robertson@ministers.govt.nz Tell him to; Stop investing any of the New Zealand Super Fund into farms that are winter crop grazing, divest from any that continue, and find sustainable alternatives immediately!
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  • Add Clean Food to the Green New Deal
    The use of traditional animal agriculture produces significant amounts of greenhouse gases, pollutes our oceans, and uses up copious amounts of land, water, and energy. It involves food-borne disease, antibiotics, chemicals and feces. It is also inherently cruel, and it simply does not work towards a cleaner, more sustainable, and more peaceful future. The steps we are calling for WILL work towards that future. There are not many politicians we believe would stick their necks out on the line for this, but we hope that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is one that will. Please sign this petition and show Rep. Ocasio-Cortez that this is the direction the future is heading in and we will not stop until it is fulfilled.
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  • Save the house and land at Hobsonville Point! (Before it's too late:)
    This is important to me because I care about the environment and I want it to remain for many years to come. We must act NOW! When the last tree is cut down, and the seas all dried up, man will realise that he CANNOT EAT MONEY.
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  • Food Security for New Zealand
    It is our right to be able to have access to affordable food and clean water. Things that could threaten this now are - economic collapse on the world stage climate change and longer term - loss of biodiversity through insect collapse our reliance on imported food and fuel overfishing and polluting the oceans chemical and industrial sprays monocultures in farming meteors or solar flares Three months of basic food and fuel must be stored in this country at all times, Planning for food shortage must be addressed urgently since to resolve this will take time. Look first at our dependence on Australia for wheat. We need cash security – what happens when the ATMs stop working? It will be up to the Think Tank to come up with solutions at a government level. This article explains how climate issues can affect our food, and how we already have significant problems as identified by Horticulture NZ. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12016943 FYI Some Solutions: The government, Civil Defence, and the army need to put plans in place now, not in ten years time, to ensure that we in New Zealand do not suffer greatly when the ‘proverbial’ hits the fan. Food production must become local and varied. Reliance on imported food must reduce. We must halt the use of pesticides and chemicals in farming. There need not be insect collapse, that scientists are warning us about, if the worst pesticides and herbicides are banned. A move to permaculture and organics is possible over the next few years. We must clean up the environment in all areas, not just farming and forests, but in gardens, city beaches and harbours, and run offs from industry. Our water must be clean and unpolluted. Schools, maraes, churches, mosques, and other communities can create community gardens. Even sports clubs usually have a little land that can be used to grow fruit trees or gardens. High rise buildings can have gardens on the top to feed those living below. Each suburb in towns could have a ‘high rise’ type of building, (vertical farming), that grows and distributes vegetables. We can introduce high-rise urban farming too. Local governments can organise these with some government funding. Supermarket chains – head offices – can have government funded store houses for basic foods that are regularly circulated and replenished. Water too needs to be stored. Planning for food coupons? Farmers can hand over a few accessible hectares for locals to farm on – whether using it for chicken houses or vegetables. Methods of transport need to be ensured that don’t use oil / fossil fuels for if the economy collapses there will be little or no petrol and food will not be able to be transported. Planning for carless days as in the 70s? Everyone needs to work together to make this country more sustainable in food, water and other services. We in New Zealand have a chance to survive in relative comfort, but only if we begin preparing now including government. Imagine a category 4 or 5 cyclone hitting Auckland and the ensuing devastation. Are we really prepared for power cuts for weeks? We must consider our youth and create a good future for them and their progeny. After all we inherited the earth, and we have wrecked it for our grandchildren. New Zealand is one place that could survive if the proper steps are put in place
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  • The people's bid - no more oil and gas drilling in Taranaki
    To defend our climate, we need to stop handing out oil and gas permits. The government has opened up 2,188 km² of Taranaki land to oil companies. We are saying: NO WAY! Handing out permits for more fossil fuel exploration while the planet is melting can only be described as ecocide and crime against humanity. Fossil fuel companies have known of their impacts on climate and ocean chemistry for many decades, and have acted to increase their biosphere-destroying activities, not transition to clean renewables. We are reading reports about the collapse of the glaciers in Greenland and the collapse of the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The melting of the ice will lead to sea-level rise of several meters. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere keep rising due to increasing emissions despite politicians saying that climate change is a priority. If we are to take climate change seriously – and we owe it to our children – then we need to stop drilling for more oil and gas or digging up more coal now. Handing out permits to oil companies now is like handing out death certificates to our children. Find out more on the Climate Justice Taranaki website: www.climatejusticetaranaki.info
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  • Protect Aotea from marine dumping
    In February 2019, the Environment Protection Authority gave Coastal Resources Ltd (CRL) permission to increase the amount of sediment it dumps from 50,000 cubic metres to 250,000 cubic metres annually for 35 years, just 25 km of the east coast of Great Barrier Island. Kelly Klink, of iwi Ngāti Rehua-Ngātiwai ki Aotea and the Society for the Protection of Aotea Community & Ecology have lodged appeals against the resource consent in the High Court. Ngati Rehua Ngatiwai ki Aotea have a significant and an undeniable interest within the area - holding mana whenua and mana moana. Kelly states that ‘the proposed activity will have an irreversible impact on our moana’ and further ‘the harm will be irreparable to the wairua and mauri of Moana nui o Toi, adversely affecting the marine environment upon which our iwi have relied on mai rano’. The approved consent is a 500 % increase from the current consent! This will have significant negative impacts to the marine environment (for example, substrate smothering, heavy metal contamination, water quality degradation, effect of sounds on marine life such as whales, changes in marine life behavioural patterns, increased bio-security risks). The community of Aotea, need your help to support the expensive legal costs involved in a High Court appeal. If you can, make a donation. We face a long game with lots of legal costs and are really relying on the financial support of New Zealanders who love Aotea and want to see a better future for our stunning oceans and our unique island. If you can please make a donation through direct debit to Protect Aotea bank account, 03-0296-0454684-000 Or donate through www.givealittle.co.nz and search Protect Aotea For more information on the consent application please refer: https://www.epa.govt.nz/public-consultations/decided/coastal-resources-limited/
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  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Gisborne District 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: Taranaki 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: Bay of Plenty 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: Manawatu-Whanganui 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: Marlborough District 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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