• 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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  • New Countdown, No Plastic
    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 the Hauraki Gulf and beyond 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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  • Ban the use of carcinogenic chemical on Auckland’s roads and parks - NOW
    Aucklanders deserve a beautiful city free from toxic cancer-causing chemicals, where we can trust our officials to provide a safe and healthy environment for all residents. But glyphosate, which is sprayed onto our roadsides where our children walk to school, and our parks where they play, is dangerous to our health and the environment. Whilst, unbelievably, Auckland Council is proposing in its latest budget to use MORE chemicals in parks across the region (2), Auckland Transport continues to require the use of this probable carcinogen to control vegetation on the roadsides of the Waitakere, Rodney (and Hibiscus and Bays) and South Auckland regions – exposing a third of Aucklanders, or 500,000 people. BUT the other two thirds of Aucklanders – the one million residents of urban North Shore and Auckland City areas - have enjoyed nonchemical vegetation control for 20 years with methods which are just as effective. Some nonchemical systems now COST NO MORE than spraying with glyphosate. So why aren’t these safe, effective methods being used for the whole of Auckland? It’s ludicrous!! The International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organisation) ruled in March 2015 that glyphosate was a probable human carcinogen based on evidence that linked the chemical to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and extensive DNA and chromosome damage in humans; as well as tumours of the kidney, pancreas, skin and blood vessels and DNA and chromosome damage in animals. To continue to expose residents to the adverse health effects of this cancer-causing chemical is immoral and a violation of our Human Rights - especially when viable, safe and cost-effective alternatives are available and have been used successfully in Auckland for 20 years. We deserve better than this! Our city should be clean and toxin-free. Help us to ban glyphosate – NOW - for a fair, safe and healthy Auckland City. (1) http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf (2) http://shapeauckland.co.nz/media/1159/section-55-parks-community-and-lifestyle.pdf
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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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  • 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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  • STOP Plastic Pollution from Aquaculture rope offcuts
    Plastic rope offcuts from the Aquaculture Industry are polluting the Firth of Thames. Our beaches are littered with rope offcuts that keep breaking down but without ever biodegrading. NEVER EVER. Eventually they end up in the food chain. This practice of discarding rope offcuts off barges by the aquaculture industry claiming to be sustainable is unacceptable. Plastic is a material our Earth cannot digest - it simply accumulates in our environment. The offcuts we find all along our beaches are merely the tip of the iceberg. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book 2014 lists plastic debris in the ocean as one of the top ten emerging environmental issues, pointing not only to the environmental impacts associated with plastic’s persistence in the marine environment, but also to impacts on fishing and tourism. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) more than 1 million sea birds and 100.000 mammals are killed by plastic pollution each year. Chemical-laden plastic fills the stomachs of fish, birds and mammals. Plastic such as that used in ropes can contain Bisphenol A (BpA) and related chemicals. Already, most of us have detectable levels of BpA in our urine. BpA and phthalates are know to change hormone levels and cause birth defects.
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  • Say no to the sale of synthetic drugs in hawkes bay
    We must say NO to synthetic drugs being sold here in Hawkes Bay Since its release synthetic drugs have broken up happy families and has ruined the lives of a lot of our youth. It's up to us to make a stand.
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  • Total ban on the sale of fireworks in New Zealand
    The safety of our children is paramount and yet year after year around early November we hear of horrendous accidents with children, animals and peoples property due to miss use of fireworks. Why do we continue to celebrate an overseas anniversary that turned into a disaster in the end. Furthermore, the animal Injuries and distress caused around this time is significant and totally unnecessary. IT NEEDS TO STOP NOW. IT HAS GONE ON FAR TOO LONG
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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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  • Feedback on surface water activities on Lake Pukaki
    The Council is seeking your feedback so they can make decisions on new or amended provisions in the Mackenzie District Plan. Here is the link to their website and the plan change documents: Link to Consultation Documents Here are the options outlined by Council for your consideration and feedback: Amend Permitted Activities Outdoor Recreational Activities rule 7.1.2 by removing the statement referring to commercial recreation on or within waterbodies being a permitted activity. AND/OR Create a new rule for commercial activities on or within water bodies recognising the sensitivity of the waterbodies to disturbance. Reduce the character, intensity and scale limits for recreational activities with regard to activities on or within waterbodies i.e. cause consent to be required for a lesser scale of operation than is currently the case. Here are the options outlined by Council for your consideration and feedback: Amend Permitted Activities Outdoor Recreational Activities rule 7.1.2 by removing the statement referring to commercial recreation on or within waterbodies being a permitted activity. AND/OR Create a new rule for commercial activities on or within water bodies recognising the sensitivity of the waterbodies to disturbance. Reduce the character, intensity and scale limits for recreational activities with regard to activities on or within waterbodies i.e. cause consent to be required for a lesser scale of operation than is currently the case. In essence, this means they are looking to make important rule changes to control activities in on the surface waters of lakes in the Mackenzie, including Lake Pukaki, and are asking the public for feedback. Some people won’t like these changes and it is important that you let Council know your views on the need for rule changes that provide the highest level of protection for Lake Pukaki.
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  • Enforce slow driving rules
    It increases impatience in other drivers, causes congestion, and is tiring on other drivers by both increasing their journey time and placing them in high stress situations.
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  • NO TOXIC MINING IN PUHIPUHI, WHAKAPARA
    WATER !!! Our life force. Clean Water is our right to Survival !!! The effects of Toxic Hard Rock Mining and Drilling will upset an already natural imbalance with the further distribution of Mercury that is already there. The level of toxins and waste from mining will be catastrophic to the neighbouring areas, rivers, harbours and sea. It is unjustifiable to risk health, environmental, ecosystem devastation along with farming and crop growing. The effects of toxic waste are already being experienced and the damage is irreversible and life threatening. For generations people have pumped water from springs and bores to drink and still do drink from springs and bores. Toxic Mining eliminates all use of water which is a necessary life support for all living beings. We ask that the Whangarei District Council and the Northland Regional Council advocates for the people and communities they serve by making a public statement of opposition to Toxic Mining in Puhipuhi and they express their opposition generally and on any occasion they are consulted on this topic. We need to take real action now and say No to Toxic Mining.
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