• #SaveOurFallenKauri: Stop The Illegal Trade of Swamp Kauri and Save Our Wetlands
    Ancient 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
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  • Get John Campbell Back On TV In Prime Time
    Because New Zealanders are fed up with having their news diet dictated to them by an elite group of bankers, posers and pretenders. It is time for us to take direct action to try to get news media of the kind we need. Because the board and management of Mediaworks who conceitedly made this decision, against all rationality, on the basis of prejudice and hubris need to have the fact that they made a huge mistake pointed out to them in style. Because it is right that we show John Campbell, who has done so much for so many, how much we care.
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  • Get NZ back in the clean energy race. This petition is to upgrade NZ’s renewable energy goal to 100%
    New Zealand's net emissions of greenhouse gases climbed 42 percent between 1990 and 2013, driven by a rise of almost a third from the energy sector. While the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions are increasing, globally many nations and more than 50 cities including Sydney, Vancouver, San Francisco and San Diego have announced they are aiming for 100 percent renewable energy by 2020, others by 2035. New Zealand is supposed to be one of the cleanest, greenest nations in the world and to make this a reality we need to move away from our dependance on fossil fuels as an energy source. As a country, we need to tell the government that 90 percent isn’t good enough. Kiwis pride themselves on giving 100 percent, so why should our approach to the impact of climate change on our country be any different?
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  • Ban Plastic Bags in NZ
    How this issue affects you, your children, our country, and our oceans world-wide: Plastic bags impact our irreplaceable environment here in New Zealand when they are produced, when they are disposed to landfill, and especially when they are littered. Once littered, plastic bags can find their way onto our streets and parks and into our waterways. They are a large portion of the litter in our streams and can take a lifetime to fully break down. Once in the environment, plastic bags are often ingested by animals, clogging their insides which results in sickness or death, a horrible truth that is easily preventable. Other animals or birds become entangled in plastic bags and drown or can’t fly as a result. Our Ministry for the Environment also say that plastic bags exacerbate flood events when they clog pipes and block drains (1). ] Not only does unregulated and uncurbed plastic bag use harm our environment it also harms our Clean Green NZ brand which is estimated to earn us around $20 billion a year (2). New Zealand is already lagging behind many countries/places who have already Banned Plastic bags: California, Portland, Mexico City, Dehli, Mumbai, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Sydneys Oyster Bay for example (3). Plastic bags also contain many toxins and chemicals including BPA which has direct links to cancer. They are made from oil – each bag uses about the same amount that would drive a car 115 metres (4). Now, I know that by now you are probably horrified by the impact that these unrecyclable, toxic, animal­-trapping objects are having, but, here is a fun­-fact to tip you over the edge and get you signing and sharing this people powered petition! “The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.” (5) That is a lot of unneeded waste isn’t it? So all of you tidy Kiwis and eco friendly people lets put New Zealand on the map as a leader in this worldwide movement! BAN THE BAG! 1) http://www.mfe.govt.nz/waste/types­waste/plasticbags 2) http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/8023412/100­Pure­Fantasy­Living­up­to­our­brand 3) http://people.howstuffworks.com/how­many­cities­have­a­ban­on­plastic­bags.htm 4) http://plasticshoppingbagfree.org.nz/facts­and­figures). 5) http://www.mfe.govt.nz/waste/types­waste/plastic­bags
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  • Modernise Wellington's Iconic Trolley Buses & Reject Hybrid Technology
    Greater Wellington Regional Council plans to axe Wellingtons trolley buses and replace them with hybrid diesel-electric buses from 2017. To some, this sounds like a 'step' in the right direction but, as one great business thought-leader famously stated, "When a GIANT LEAP is indicated, a hop, STEP and a jump just will not do. You cannot cross the Grand Canyon this way." The switch from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources is not a step change. Some people say that trolley buses are old fashioned technology. Oh really? Perhaps someone better inform the Saudis. In 2012, they INTRODUCED modern and highly efficient trolley buses; and this is in a place that we might reasonably call the very HOME of fossil fuels: Saudi Arabia. Hmm. What do they know that they're not sharing? Gosh! It seems that modern trolley buses are all the rage, and all Wellington has to do is modernise! That's got to be smarter - and cheaper - than taking a 'hybrid step' when a giant electric leap is required. In Shanghai, dual-engined diesel/electric hybrid buses have been tested and DITCHED, in favour of...wait for it...trolley buses! Smart people those MODERN Chinese! http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=67413 Modern trolley buses are quiet, efficient and emission free. Diesels are dirty, noisy and unsustainable. Hybrids require costly DOUBLE MAINTENANCE because they have TWO engines! Duh! They're not the solution. They're a new PROBLEM. Not only that, the proposed introduction of hybrids would require a whole new maintenance infrastructure. Eventually battery technology will allow us to introduce dependable 100% electric buses but that technology isn't yet available, and isn't likely to be for the next two decades. So let's modernise our iconic trolley buses, increase and commit to properly maintaining the fleet, phase out dirty diesels and encourage the development of buses powered 100% by rechargeable batteries. In time, we can switch to a fully electric bus fleet without the huge costs & infrastructure involved in maintaining double-engined hybrids.
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  • Save Graham's Bush
    Individuals, like Graham, who have been protecting the bush for years (and were paid subsidies by city councils to do this) are now finding out that their land is to be forceably taken from them, and their precious bush destroyed. The proposed route will bisect the water catchment that feeds Totara Park. There is already evidence that existing roading has damaged gullies of native bush in the area - this proposal would have a much greater negative impact. Grahams Bush is one of many on the proposed highway route. It has a number of significant trees and it is a site of ecological importance. Graham unfortunately died trying to save this bush last year during this fight. We want to honour his legacy and are are tired of Auckland Transport saying this is the 'cheapest' route. We say it is the most expensive - ecologically expensive and ridiculously planned in a way that makes no sense in the 21st century. Sign our petition to send a message that says NO to the proposed route and YES to being heard. If you want to read some ideas on alternatives please visit the site of GenZero or Auckland Transport Bloggers - they have suggested some excellent alternatives to fix Auckland's Transport Problems and for a lot less cost! For example: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1503/S00036/launch-of-essential-transport-budget-generation-zero.htm
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  • TPPA Petition to the Bay of Plenty Councils
    The mainstream media of New Zealand are not informing our public of the dire consequences of this 'so-called' trade agreement, or questioning why it is being negotiated secretly in collaboration with foreign corporate investors. So it falls upon us to inform our communities, to pressure our government for full disclosure, and to insist upon our democratic right to decide if this Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will be the signing away of our future. Based upon the latest Wikileaks documents, we understand that signing the TPPA in it's current form will open New Zealand up to the following: * Foreign investors dictating our domestic laws * Inflated pricing of patented medicines * Weak or non-existent GMO food labelling * Overriding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi * Pushing more of our kiwi jobs overseas * Undermining our environmental protections * Unfettered mining, drilling and fracking * Escalation of our national financial crises * Irreversible sellouts of more kiwi assets * Voidance of our “buy kiwi made” policy * Erosion of privacy and internet freedoms * Corporate takeover of our Kiwi way of life We stand united with our communities against the signing away of our future and call upon our local councils to stand united with us!
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  • Establishing a feed-in tariff for electricity
    This would give more certainty to those planning p/v installations, would encourage people to install such panels, increase our non-fossil fuel power generation, increase the grid resilience with power fed in at many points, enable hydro storage to be saved during sunshine hours, encourage businesses manufacturing and installing such systems, and help reduce our addiction to fossil energy. A number of other countries have legislated such a tariff.
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  • Stop Fracking Now
    We think the Government should STOP FRACKING NOW because we want to preserve everything that is good about our way of life in Aotearoa New Zealand; our beautiful lands, forests and beaches; clean, pure air; rivers and lakes with water that is fit to drink and healthy food grown on unpolluted soil. Scotland and New York State recently joined Vermont State, France, Bulgaria and many other states, regions, counties, cities and towns in countries around the world with a ban or moratorium on fracking. The New York fracking ban was declared in December 2014 after state officials conducted a thorough, two-year investigation and found the potential health and environmental impacts are too great to allow fracking to proceed. Scientists have documented the damaging effects of human and animal exposure to fracking contamination in surface waterways, groundwater aquifers, air and soil. During every aspect of fracking dangerous toxins enter our environment: • Toxic chemicals used in fracking, methane, radon and hydrogen sulphide gases, radioactive particles, hydrocarbons and heavy metals can escape into groundwater and are brought to the surface in produced water, fracking flowback, gas, oil and sludge. • Accidental spills pollute land and waterways. • FLIR camera studies show fugitive emissions of methane and other gases continuously escaping from drilling rigs, well-sites, compressor stations, pipelines and other industry infrastructure. • Volatile organic compounds are released into the air from wastewater pits, evaporation pits, misting and the industry practice of burning excess gas and waste fluids (flaring). • Contaminated fracking waste is entering the foodchain through discharges to waterways, landfarming and other disposal methods. Other serious dangers from fracking include: • Earthquakes - seismically induced quakes that result from fracking are generally of low intensity but the widespread practice of injecting fracking waste fluids into deep disposal wells has caused moderate to strong earthquakes in the USA, resulting in structural damage. • Water Depletion - each fracking operation uses between 7 and 20 million litres of water (sometimes more) and a production well can be fracked up to 10 times in order to maintain the flow of oil or gas. The water cannot be used for any other purpose. Weather extremes from rapid climate change bring increased danger of drought. We should protect and ration our precious supplies of fresh water for essential use in primary industries like food production, not squander them on a sunset industry. • Climate Change - the production, transport, and burning of gas, along with fugitive emissions, produces significant air pollution. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and is over 20 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. More and more fracking will undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. We can join other progressive nations and lead the world in reducing our reliance on dangerous fossil fuels. We can Stop Fracking Now as the first step in our transition to clean renewable energy. Petition created by Frack Free Aotearoa New Zealand and supported by: Stop the Drilling on our East Coast Climate Justice Taranaki Te Uru Pounamu Frack Free Bay of Plenty Frack Free Whanganui Don't Frack the Bay Greenpeace NZ Frack Free Hawkes' Bay Frack Free Canterbury Thanks to Fiona Clark for the photograph. References and more information: https://www.facebook.com/notes/frack-free-aotearoa-new-zealand/stop-fracking-now-petition-references-and-more-information/699692466810387
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  • Register for
    The deposit is $40, and should be paid within 2 days of submitting this registration form. Please pay to: L SHERRELL 38-9008-0266680-06 . Please put your name/names of whom you're paying for, and 'deposit', in the reference. Let us know if you're unable to pay the deposit within two days, and we can arrange an alternative timeline.
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  • Ban Supermarket use of plastic bags
    The fact is, as plastic weathers it breaks down and is easily mistaken for food by fish. A document produced by the Seafood Industry Council and Maritime New Zealand states that in parts of the world "fish are becoming seriously contaminated by plastic pollution". Plastic ingestion also kills turtles and seabirds. It's time New Zealand played its part in curbing the scourge.
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