• Keep all of Saunders Reserve as Esplanade and Recreation Reserve
    Auckland Council wants to lift part of the Reserve status for Saunders Reserve, 26, Saunders Place, Rosebank, Avondale. Saunders Reserve is the only Reserve in Avondale with mature established bush, adjacent to the Whau River. The Reserve Act 1977 gives stronger protection for generations to come than the Local Government Act 2002. Council proposes revoking Reserve status to legitimise commercial activity being undertaken by Westend Rowing Club who currently leases part of the Reserve. Also part of the club’s building extends onto the Esplanade Reserve area, which is not tolerated by the Reserves Act. Avondale is critically short on publicly accessible park space. Saunders Reserve will be the “jewel in the crown” for a future walkway around the Rosebank Peninsula. Future proof this Reserve for you, your whanau and generations to come. This could set a precedent. Auckland Council needs to know the people of Auckland do not want the status of more Reserves downgraded, leased to private groups for commercial gain and in some cases sold off. Reserves for the people not commercial gain
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  • Save Kiwi from possum leg-hold traps.
    Many kiwi are being caught in possum leg-hold traps. At the moment anyone can walk into a shop and buy possum leg-hold traps. These traps should be set 70cm off the ground because we have many flightless and ground dwelling birds in Aotearoa, however because anyone can so easily buy them without even knowing the rules or recommendations, many people set them on the ground and catch kiwi. Many of these kiwi end up suffering massive trauma to the leg, and have to be killed. These traps are often found set on the ground in forests and along the sides of tracks and roads, but there is no easy way to find out who owns them. Recently someone we know stopped on the side of the road and there was a big female kiwi in a leg hold trap that was set on the ground. The owner of the traps was never found. Last year over 20 traps were found in a kiwi sanctuary set on the ground. Some still had dead possums in them. If all traps were branded with a number and registered to the trapper this illegal activity would stop.
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  • End Plastic Wraps on NZQA Exams
    NZQA distributes thousands of exams each year and each is wrapped in plastic. This plastic is biodegradable according to NZQA, however research shows that biodegradable plastic can not break down without UV rays and high temperatures. Most, if not all, of this plastic will end up buried in landfill, killing our sea life or marring our parks. We should be teaching the younger generation the importance of sustainability and being conscious of the environment, and when their education provider does not adhere to these values, it does not bode well for the future of this planet. Sign this petition to show your support of the environment and to urge NZQA to switch to recyclable paper envelopes or reusable zip lock bags. Together we can make a change!
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  • Save Sundarban - World's Largest Mangrove Forest
    Sundarban is the world’s largest mangrove forest and a UNESCO world’s heritage site.The construction of this coal power plant will definitely have a devastating and irreversible impact on the Sundarbans, its ecology and biodiversity.This project violates the environmental impact assessment guidelines for coal-based thermal power plants. Large amounts of fly ash, coal dust and sulphur, and other toxic chemicals are released throughout the life of the project.
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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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  • Save Western Springs Native Forest
    The Resource Consent Hearing is next week on the 11th and 12th December 2018. Council is planning to clear-fell the pines as soon as they can. Please sign this petition. Auckland Council is proposing to destroy all of the Pines together with “70-80%” of the regenerating native bush using industrial-scale clear felling. Council plans to replant a native forest that will take 30-50 years to establish, providing it is properly planted and maintained for a number of years. For the 90+ years that the pines have been growing a naturally regenerating native bush has been growing underneath the pines. This bush is 90+ years old, providing habitat for biodiversity including Kaka, Morepork, Kereru, Fantail, Tui, Kingfisher, Heron and Swallow among many other native and exotic bird species. It is an important stopping off point to migrating bird species and those flying from the offshore islands ot the Waitakeres. Insects like Weta, Huhu, among other fauna, lizards and possibly native bats. This forest offers one of the very few urban Auckland habitats suitable for the long-tailed bat, a threatened nationally vulnerable species. The Forest is an historically designated Significant Ecological Area (SEA) and is supposed to be protected by Council. This plan looks like a back-door attempt to destroy the SEA. Waitemata Local Board wants to turn the Forest into parkland, which would destroy the SEA, to put in a bike track, all without proper consultation with the key stakeholder affected residents. Council and WLB are running a campaign of fear claiming that the Forest is unsafe. Council plans to run an 8m-wide track into the under-storey, flattening a natural knoll in the process, to bring in heavy equipment to clear fell. Council plans include three skid sites up to 40m wide for dragging large logs. The three skid sites alone will totally destroy any vegetation and soil structure in the area. This site may well become at risk of erosion and instability as replanting of natives will take 1 to 6 possibly 10 years to stabilise the hillside. This means the hillside will be vulnerable to slippage during that time from bad weather events. There are other ways to deal with the ageing pines that do not involve almost totally destroying the regenerating native forest. The Council has not considered any other option than clear-felling the pines and destroying up to 70% of the native forest understory. The key unknown is maintenance. The new native plantings will require even more maintenance than now and Council is unable to deliver the kind of quality park maintenance that old Auckland Council provided to residents or caring for our valuable green assets. Auckland Council, which lacks skills to manage this forest safely, have been damaging its integrity for years with inappropriate felling and topping. Over the years, despite promises to residents to replant natives, Council have failed to do so. Auckland's Parks are notoriously underfunded. We have not seen any budgets for this very, very expensive plan. We do not know if the plan will be able to be funded for necessary number of years it will take to maintain the new plantings and to control the weeds and pests. Council does not have a positive track record. Local residents have never been consulted on this proposal, although both WLB and Council employees represented to residents that they would be. Some key residents are very worried about the potential risks for damage to their double brick houses of the methodology to be employed and the possible consequences of the project destabilising the hillside below their houses. Residents have cost-effective solutions and do not condone the Council turning this into another major project costing hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit Council's preferred contractors, former employers of the revolving door Council project managers. All is not as it seems. The Resource Consent allowing destruction of the forest and the naturally regenerating native bush MUST NOT be granted. The hearing for the Resource Consent is taking place on the 11th and 12th December 2018. Your signature will help persuade Council and the Board to do the right thing. Please Volunteer: westernspringsvolunteers@gmail.com
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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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  • Stop chocolate corporations from funding this environmental crisis
    Chocolate companies are funding an environmental crisis in West Africa by buying illegally-grown cocoa beans from the area, a new investigation has revealed. Mondelez, which owns Cadbury, and Ferrero -- makers of Kinder Surprise -- have been sourcing beans that come from protected areas and national parks in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, driving rainforest destruction for cocoa production. If this goes on, in just 13 years there will be almost no rainforest left at all. And the crisis is having a huge impact on local wildlife too -- chimpanzees are being from their habitats, and while the country was once home to tens of thousands of elephants, there are now just a few hundred left. Chocolate companies will announce their response to this crisis at the Bonn Climate Conference in just two weeks. They're still deciding what to say, so now's the time to pressure them to take serious action -- before it’s too late. Tell Whittakers, Tip Top and Donovan's to commit to no new deforestation for cocoa worldwide. As much as 40% of the world’s cocoa comes from Cote d’Ivoire, while half of the world’s supply is controlled by just three companies -- Cargill, Olam and Barry Callebaut. Cocoa illegally grown in protected areas and national parks makes its way to these traders through middlemen, who then pass it on to companies like Cadbury, Whittakers, Tip Top and Donovan's to make it into our favourite treats. Every company in the supply chain is aware of this. They simply care more about their profits than the exploitation on the ground -- and the only way we can stop the cycle is to stop demand from chocolate manufacturers. There’s no doubt as to the responsibility of cocoa for the colossal environmental damage. “The ancient forests of our nation, once a paradise for wildlife like chimpanzees, leopards, hippopotamus, and elephants, have been degraded and deforested to the point that they’re almost entirely gone”, says Kouamé Soulago Fernand, General Secretary of ROSCIDET, a network of Ivorian NGOs. “This deforestation is due principally to the cultivation of cocoa.” The figures couldn’t be more worrying -- Cote d’Ivoire has seen its rainforest cover reduced by more than 85% since 1990, while some protected areas have seen as much as 90% of land turned over to cocoa production. The slash-and-burn deforestation will have devastating effects for the future of the region, with the loss of trees contributing to more hot, parched seasons. That’s why we need to act fast -- and stop the demand for illegal cocoa. If we all come together now, we can do the same for cocoa too. Tell Cadbury, Whittakers, Tip Top and Donovan's -- commit to a plan of no new deforestation for cocoa worldwide.
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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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  • Negotiate a Green / National Coalition Government
    New Zealanders are concerned about protecting our natural environment, no matter what our political stripe. Following the 2017 election, it is critical that The Green Party enter into serious negotiations with *all* potential coalition partners to add a voice for the environment to whatever government forms. This includes National. We recognise that Green Party social and economic policies differ significantly from National, but ask that the Green Party negotiate with National on environmental matters where agreement is clearly possible. Green Voters: Please sign this petition if you are an existing Green supporter or voter that wants the party to prioritise the opportunity to make a positive, lasting difference for the environment over other policies. Please sign if you will support the party through this, knowing that sometimes it's not possible to meet all policy objectives at the same time. Non-Green Voters: Please sign this petition if you would vote for a Green Party that shows it can work with governments of all stripes to achieve positive environmental outcomes. Everyone: Please sign this petition whether you want the Green Party to move permanently to the centre or simply to give a Green / National coalition a one-time shot. Our message is that political parties do not exist merely to perpetuate themselves but sometimes have to put everything on the line to make a critical difference. The Green Party received 126,995 votes (pending specials) - let's beat that!
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  • Close the Ranges to Save the Waitakere Kauri
    The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Forest & Bird stand with Te Kawerau a Maki in calling for a rāhui and closure of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in response to the monitoring figures from Auckland Council’s latest survey of kauri dieback infection. The results from the Waitakere Ranges have confirmed their worst fears about the spread of kauri dieback. While the average number of trees infected across the entire Waitakere Ranges may be 19% (more than doubled from 8% 5 years ago) the infection in areas where kauri dominates is actually affecting between 33% and 58% of trees. The Council's recent monitoring report states that local extinction of kauri in areas like Piha, where the infection is worst, is highly likely within 5 years unless urgent and drastic action is taken now. Extinction of kauri across the entire Waitakere Ranges is possible within a generation. It is clear the infection is being spread mainly by people, rather than wild animals, as the majority of the infection (more than 70%) is along the track network and worst in the areas with heaviest foot traffic. Compliance by people with phytosanitary measures to scrub and spray shoes, dog feet, tyres and equipment is below 20% and falling. Auckland Council’s own report states that by continuing to allow recreational use to knowingly spread this Unwanted Organism to uninfected areas the Council is breaching the Biosecurity Act. The priorities for action are: 1) Close tracks in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park until the following actions are implemented. This includes closing the Hillary Trail, which is the major source of infection. Tracks with infected kauri can be reopened once protective measures 4 and 5 are fully implemented on those tracks; 2) Close all tracks to healthy kauri immediately and permanently, or until new knowledge tells us it is safe to reopen them; 3) Apply enforcement measures to people using closed tracks and publicise these to make an example of those putting healthy kauri at risk; 4) Accelerate the programme of building boardwalks and “dry” tracks to get people’s feet off kauri roots on tracks; 5) Implement improved cleaning station design to make avoidance difficult and staff cleaning stations to educate track users about the importance of hygiene measures; 6) Stop events like the Hillary Trail Marathon taking place on tracks with kauri and move to locations without these precious trees; 7) Implement a programme of phosphite treatment on public land to keep individual trees alive.
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  • Stop mining in Canvastown
    We are responsible for the care and protection of our environment, we are responsible for the 'flowing of the waters that sustain the land, as vitality for mankind, as a food basket for the people, as life itself is associated with all freshwater bodies and the food sources that are sustained by those waters'. Sign here now to protect our environment by saying 'NO' to gold mining by Elect mining at Canvastown Marlborough. Say 'No' to gold mining - our environment is worth more than revenue to be gathered, Say 'No' to gold mining - our environment is worth more than a 5 year term contract, Say 'No' to gold mining - our environment will be here for generations to come It is our duty to protect this environment for tomorrow's children. Say 'No' and protect your TURANGAWAEWAE - domicile, standing, place where one has the right to stand - place where one has rights of residence and belonging through kinship and whakapapa. THIS IS ELECT MINING'S PROPOSAL: Its original application, filed last year, proposed mining over a significantly larger area, up to 120 hectares straddling both sides of the highway, northwest of Blenheim. The revised application said the mining would progress in phases. A pit up to 16 metres deep would be dug, filling with water to allow a floating gold screen to be used. The pit would be back-filled as work progressed, allowing for the remediation of the land, which the application said would be returned to its pre-mining state. The application noted a number of remedial measures, including creating drainage channels to direct stormwater into holding ponds, to prevent sediment run-off into the rivers. March 30 2017: Stuff News: THERE IS NO REMEDIATION ONCE THIS IS DONE. - WE MUST SAY 'NO'
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