• Remove sexist words in National Anthem
    Austria and Canada have updated their national anthems to be inclusive. Our national anthem contains the words “Men of every creed and race”. The word “men” is outdated and no longer appropriate to represent half the Kiwi population; the NZ Government’s own style guide endorses the use of gender neutral language. Ministry of Culture staff advise that a change to the anthem lyrics requires Cabinet approval. Join me in asking this to happen, recommending that the words “men of every creed and race” be replaced with something inclusive such as “every creed and every race”. It would be fantastic for the PM’s daughter, and every female in Aotearoa New Zealand, to be included in this national song.
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  • Strengthen NZ gun laws: Create a gun register
    The Arms Amendment Bill that followed the white-supremacist terror attack in Christchurch is an excellent step towards ridding New Zealand of dangerous weapons of war - but it doesn't go far enough. Right now New Zealand remains almost alone with the United States in not having a register of firearms. Without one, authorities don't know where guns are are or who owns them. There are about 250,000 registered firearms licence holders, and estimates of the number of guns in the country range from 1.2 million to 3m - 15,000 of these guns were semi-automatic weapons. Along with the USA, New Zealand is one of the few places where owners don’t have to register each weapon, except for certain categories of firearm. Registering each gun would reduce illegal sales and theft of guns. The gun lobby is mobilising to slow down and dilute any action taken to restrict gun ownership. It's vital that we counter that by showing support for the Arms Amendment Bill and that New Zealanders want even better gun control laws.
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  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Waikato 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Preserve the future of the Pacific Ocean
    The Runit Dome, aka "Cactus Dome" or locally "The Tomb", is a 46 cm thick dome of concrete at sea level, encapsulating an estimated 73,000 m3 of radioactive debris, including some plutonium-239. The debris stems from nuclear tests conducted in the Enewetak Atoll by the United States between 1946 and 1958. From 1977 to 1980, loose waste and top soil debris scraped off from six different islands in the Enewetak Atoll was transported here, mixed with concrete and stored in the nuclear blast crater of the "Cactus" test from May 6 1958. 4,000 US servicemen were involved in the cleanup and it took three years to complete. The waste-filled crater was finally entombed in concrete. In 1982, a US government task force raised concern about a probable breach if a severe typhoon were to hit the island. In 2013, a report by the US Department of Energy found that the concrete dome had weathered with minor cracking of the structure. Leaking and breaching of the dome, which is inevitable due to rising sea levels, could disperse plutonium, a radioactive element that is also a very toxic heavy metal. This would be enough to contaminate the entire Pacific Ocean. The cleaning operation in the 1970s only removed an estimated 0.8 percent of the total transuranic waste in the Enewetak atoll.One particular concern is that, in order to save costs, the original plan to line the porous bottom crater with concrete was abandoned. Since the bottom of the crater consists of permeable soil, seawater is inside the dome.
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  • Save Weraiti and the Mangapiko (save our sacred mountain and river)
    Waikato Regional Council has failed to use its power under the Resource Management Act and has allowed Matamata Metal Supplies to operate un-consented for the past 6 years and in a manner not consistent with modern standards over decades. As tangata whenua kaitiaki of the area our role is to protect and preserve the essence of our awa, maunga, waahi tapu and whenua. When the essence of these taonga are compromised this impacts the spiritual and cultural well-being of our people. Our stories, traditions and identity stem from the relationship we have with the land and are at risk of being lost forever. It is important to close down the Matamata Metal Supplies Quarry Operation as people who live in the environmental shadow of the quarry are the first and worst affected and the environmental impact of the quarry effects water quality stretching to the Firth of Thames. Let’s Give a Voice for our sacred mountain and river and protect our environment for all our futures.
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  • Stop deportation order from tearing a family apart
    Heartbreaking how immigration New Zealand's recently discovered profiling system seeks to tear apart a family in mourning. It is simply an unjust and unfair system that predicts possiblity of threat. I have appealed on behalf of this family on multiple occasions but responses seem to indicate that this family's plight is falling on deaf ears. Hon. Minister, the deportees in question, Tawaketini and Josese Gaunavou have appealed on humanitarian grounds, but unfortunately the bureaucracy of the system refuses to understand their circumstances or even review their case. The brothers are expected to leave New Zealand and their widowed mother and younger siblings and return to Fiji, a place that no longer holds anything for them. All we seek is that this case be reconsidered, that the deportation liability be overturned because I don't believe New Zealand can be so heartless and unrelenting in their approach to humanity and the plight of those we bring into New Zealand. This family has had to liquidate all their assets back in Fiji to be able to give their children a hope for a future here in New Zealand and in the last 8 years have spent over $114,000 in education for their children and immigration cost and now that New Zealand has their hard earned savings, the system is dispensing of them like used rags. Please consider this mother's plea.....her children have never broken the law, have had great positive influence on the youth in their community but that doesn't seem to phase anyone in ministry. Again, please allow this mother to keep her family together and her sons the ability to make a future for themselves.
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  • Ban the Plastic Bag in the Far North!
    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 our sea waters 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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  • Increase patient access to Medicinal Cannabis
    Labour have acknowledged that cannabis is a medicine by proposing to amend the law so that terminally ill patients no longer risk going to jail for possession or use of medicinal cannabis. With this in mind, medicinal cannabis should be available for doctors and medical practitioners to prescribe as they would any other medicine. This includes for chronic pain such as migraines, degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, mental health issues such as stress and all cancer treatments, regardless of whether terminal or not, to name a few. The fact is, Labour are continuing National's precedent in denying New Zealanders our human right to access medicine. Currently, Labour's Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill does not go anywhere near far enough increasing access for those who need it. The Bill so far has the full support of the National Party and is not what the voting public had in mind when Labour campaigned on legalising medicinal cannabis. Now is the time to have YOUR say. Submissions to the Health Select Committee are now open until the 21st of March, and we encourage everyone who wants better access to medicinal cannabis for ALL sick New Zealanders to write a submission, regardless of length. With around 70-80% of Kiwis in favour of better access, please share this petition far and wide and encourage friends and family to also write a submission and engage in our democracy. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_75877/misuse-of-drugs-medicinal-cannabis-amendment-bill Proposed Bill wording: 'The Bill will introduce an exception and a statutory defence for terminally ill people to possess and use illicit cannabis and to possess a cannabis utensil.'
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