• Ban plastic wet wipes!
    Wet wipes can look like paper, but are often plastic. And as they essentially masquerade as paper, people treat them as such and end up flushing them down the toilet and discarding them in the bush. Wrongly flushed plastic wet wipes can block sewage systems or end up in the ocean. Once in the environment, plastic wet wipes are a hazard for wildlife. Once they do start to break down, the resultant micro plastics can even enter the food chain. Plastic wet wipes need to be banned and replaced with a 100% biodegradable product.
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  • DELAY DACA Decision During Covid-19 Pandemic
    Get this: right in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, the Supreme Court is scheduled to issue a ruling that could put 800,000 immigrant youth in danger of being deported and put their jobs at risk. Trump has tried to end the DACA program that protects immigrant youth and so far we’ve been able to slow him down. Now it’s up to the Supreme Court but their decision could not come at a worse time. Amidst this public health crisis, DACA recipients need to stay protected from deportation and continue working, driving, and providing financial and emotional stability to themselves and their loved ones. The Supreme Court should delay their decision until our country has made it through the COVID-19 crisis. The LAST thing immigrant youth and the entire country needs is more chaos and danger at a time like this. You may visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government.
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  • Ban Roundup in All Public Spaces in Christchurch
    This is a public health concern as well as a transparency concern. The council was happy with allowing the public to believe that Roundup was no longer being used in public spaces but this is not the case. We have a right to know which streets are still being sprayed and when. There are alternatives; the continued use of a probable carcinogen is inexcusable. New Zealand regulators are focussing on studies relating to glyphosate specifically, but it is also the combination of other chemicals, such as adjuvants, used in the Roundup formula that have the potential to make the final product even more harmful than glyphosate alone. There is no excuse to not be using the precautionary principle when it comes to public health. This time the typical kiwi 'she'll be 'right' attitude is not ok and the fact that New Zealand regulators think they are above those of many European countries who have already banned the chemical is disappointing and concerning.
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  • STOP DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS BUILDING A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY at BURROWS STREET, TAURANGA
    This petition is on behalf of the residents of The Avenues, Tauranga South, TAURANGA, which is made up of a wide cross section of age groups, individuals, couples and families, a small business community, a Primary School, an early Childhood centre and two worship centers are greatly concerned about the proposal to build a new Department of Corrections facility at 36 Burrows Street, Tauranga South, to serve all of Tauranga. This is a residential area with a major traffic ‘hotspot’. A ‘hotspot’ that Tauranga City Council is struggling to come up with a solution for. Therefore, increasing the traffic through this residential area with an approximate 660 persons per week (including 100 staff) on a weekly basis and Saturdays, is just one of the significant problems that will be created. The figure of 660 persons (including staff) per week at 36 Burrows Street, Tauranga, does not take into account the projected growth of Tauranga Corrections services over the next three, five, ten, twenty years. The Department of Corrections have stated that these facilities will not create an adverse situation to the residents and public as the facility will only be visited by ‘low level’ offenders. However, those who live and work in the Avenues area that will be affected and those who work adjacent to existing offices have a different opinion to those of the Department of Corrections. Let’s do all we can to stop this centre being developed so close to people’s homes, schools, daycare centres and businesses. Tauranga has numerous industrial areas much more suited to this type of facility. Even Tauranga CBD, which is a central transportation hub, would be more suitable. Please sign the attached Petition to stop the proposed Department of Corrections Consolidated Probation facility at 36, Burrows Street, Tauranga South, 3112, Tauranga
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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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  • Trial the use of non toxic alternatives to Glyphosate in Hokianga
    Glyphosate is classified by the World Health Organisation as “probably carcinogenic” to humans, yet it is still legal to use it in public spaces like parks and on roadsides. If it enters waterways, glyphosate harms fish and other aquatic animals. Many of our roadside drains lead straight into the rivers and then the harbour. Glyphosate is often combined in weed killers with other active ingredients that also harm animals and people. Currently FNDC uses around 480 litres of glyphosate and other herbicides in parks and reserves and more than 1000 litres on roadsides per year. Many people are concerned about the health impacts of these chemicals on themselves and their children and are currently unable to avoid them as they are liberally sprayed around our public places. We believe FNDC has a responsibility not to undertake practices that are harmful to residents of the district and to safeguard the interests of rate payers by not making themselves liable for future claims of harm caused. In 2018 a man in the US was awarded $78 million in compensation because RoundUp caused his cancer. There are plenty of non-toxic alternatives available including hot water treatment, steam treatment, and products made from plant oils. We recently had a very successful demonstration in Rawene of a product called Foamstream https://www.weedingtech.com/nz/
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  • Make Meola Road Safe! New Zebra Crossing
    Meola Road can be a busy road, that gets very dangerous for school kids trying to cross the street to catch their bus. We are concerned for all our students who are putting themselves in danger by crossing such a busy road. Mistakes can be made, and we don't want to be compromising our own safety.
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  • Tax on Single Use Plastic
    It would make companies like Fonterra who are one of the biggest contributors of single use plastic waste in the country, stop,think and seriously weigh up the production of plastic versus re-using glass bottles, as we used to. They would also be enforced to contribute more significantly to recycling the waste product they produce. Millions of plastic bottles per week. Change on the level we require needs a massive action plan by our government which is just not happening at the speed required; other countries are leading the way. For instance India, who has put in place a government action plan to stop the use of most single use plastics by 2022. That should be us, let’s make it happen. Support this and you will be taking a positive action step to make this a reality. I thank you for your support.
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  • Stop human waste into Hokianga Harbour
    Hokianga Harbour is a national taonga that is being constantly degraded by human waste and other pollutants. We must fix our failing sewage infrastructure so that we are able to safely eat and swim in the Hokianga as people have done for centuries.
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  • Extension of the 80km speed limit on SH6 through Brightwater
    With increasing development in Brightwater, the intersections between SH6 and Lord Rutherford North and South are being more heavily used. The current 100km speed limit significantly increases the risk of accidents and injury at these intersections. It can be difficult to judge the speed of oncoming vehicles, which can result in risky maneuvers on to SH6 or delays at intersections as people are hesitant to move into fast moving traffic. An extension of the 80km per hour speed limit south to Spring Grove is a small change that can be done now to help improve safety and prevent potential accidents.
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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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  • Stop Spraying Roundup/Glyphosate Poison in North Otago
    Presence of glyphosate know as Roundup, in our food chain is now considerable in New Zealand/Aotearoa. We are indirectly eating this poison. The EPA (Environment Protection Agency) 2015/16 Survey showed nearly half of the wheat tested for glyphosate residue, 26 out of 60 samples, contained glyphosate! Many doctors now agree that there is a strong correlation between glyphosate use and the exponential rise in health complications and diseases such as: Autism, Alzheimer's disease, ADHD, Anencephaly (birth defect), Birth defects, Brain cancer, Celiac disease and gluten intolerance, Depression and Diabetes to name a few! There is now a lot of peer reviewed scientific literature examining the detrimental health effects of glyphosate consumption. A Pioneer in this field is Dr. Stefanie Seneff, you can find a lot of interviews with her online, this one is a must watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6j0wIhUr1M and prompted motivation to start this campaign.
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