• Give Te Puke back its town!
    Traffic is being forced to use the Tauranga Eastern Link toll route, instead of flowing through our town. Retailers report drops of up to 30% of business since this work began. The loss of prominent car parks mean potential shoppers are now bypassing our shopping community. This disruption will force the end of Te Puke businesses. The above two bodies drew up a proposal of changes which their planners thought would be good for the community. Because NZTA were in a hurry to dispose of this stretch of road, and wanted traffic to repay the cost of building the TEL by using the toll route, a very quick, biased consultation was carried out, where residents were forced to agree with these plans. There was very limited opportunity for consultation. The plans were made available only in WBOPDC offices, [30km away], or in Te Puke library, [which only a minority of the townsfolk frequented.] In the past people would drive through Te Puke, and stop to shop, either because it was their preferred place to shop, or because it provided a welcome break to their journey. Te Puke has always been a worthwhile community to live and shop in. With the removal of car parks, the single lane through the town [which previously was two], the removal of the grass strips between the Puriri trees, this no longer applies. In fact, several businesses have either closed down, or have indicated that loss of income will force this, Emergency vehicles are now caught up in the congested traffic, where previously they could move through as vehicles were able to pull into the inside lane. The unnecessary, - even unwelcome addition of two extra pedestrian crossings along the 300 metres of thoroughfare will further restricts traffic flow, causing congestion in many cases far outside of the township. Before this damage was done, pedestrians were able to freely cross through the traffic and walk over the grass strip - or they had the choice of walking down to the existing, central pedestrian crossing. The removal of the easily maintained grass strip for a cockroach infested bark covered flower bed is stupid. By signing this petition you will be encouraging these bodies to realize that if it awns't broken,it didn't need fixing.
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    Created by Frank J Cammock
  • Halt All Use of Glyphosate (HAUG) in Wellington
    While Roundup formulator Monsanto knew of glyphosate's carcinogenicity ten years ago over this time independent researches have been emerging to warn how extremely toxic glyphosate is to life itself. Established now is glyphosate used in formulations like Roundup is directly linked to birth defects, spontaneous abortions, nervous system damage, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, to some cancers e.g. Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma & kidney failure (Sri Lanka cited the latter as its reason for banning it). A recent French study from Caen University confirmed glyphosate's and Roundup formulations lethality to human cells at minute concentrations (down to parts per million, ppm), identifying cell membrane damage, energy metabolism poisoning in the mitochondria & programmed cell death involving fragmentation of nuclear DNA. The team also found that “it is now well demonstrated that mixtures formulated with G [glyphosate] and adjuvants are themselves not environmentally safe, in particular for aquatic life. They can even enhance heavy metals toxicity.” Glyphosate is also highly lethal to amphibians. Glyphosate-based herbicides are now major pollutants of rivers and surface waters. Equally disturbing is the fact that it has been found in a very high percentage of air and rainfall test samples. And the Honey Bee? Glyphosate can disrupt learning behaviours by impairing memory which long-term leads to severe impairment of colony performance. Glyphosate is the world's top selling herbicide, and Monsanto's formulations Roundup is used with more than 80% of all genetically modified (GM) crops grown globally. A study published in Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology has proven that animals and humans who consume GMO foods – those that are loaded with glyphosate chemicals – have extremely high levels of glyphosate in their urine. Studies have shown RoundUp herbicide is over 100% times more toxic than regulators claim. Our Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) follows these findings yet regulators only test glyphosate on its own account, not as it is formulated. For example, a new study published in Biomedical Research International shows Roundup formulations are 125 times more toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate. France, like the Netherlands, Russia, Mexico & a fast growing number of countries & cities have banned the sale and use of glyphosate-based herbicides for non-commercial use. This is a definitely a step in the right direction. New Zealand, with its renown for a past of world-leading enlightened legislation, & Wellington its 'Green' capital — must act decisively to ban the use of glyphosate, now.
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    Created by Jacqueline Haydn
  • Email Auckland Transport to Stop the Spray!
    If you have already signed the petition, click here to email Auckland Transport and tell them that you want to be put on the "No-Spray Register" so that they don't spray Glyphosate outside your home. If enough of us get on the no-spray register this will have a big impact!
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    Created by Genevieve Toop
  • Keep fireworks don't ban them!
    The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China. They were invented more than 2000 years ago in China. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world. 90% of all fireworks originate from here. In 1240 the Arabs acquired knowledge of gunpowder. A Syrian named Hasan al-Rammah wrote of fireworks using terms that suggested he derived his knowledge from Chinese sources. The first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486. Dreaming about fireworks means that you like to be the centre of attention and are showing off to others. It also symbolizes enthusiasm and exhilaration. fireworks scare off evil spirits The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities, scare off evil spirits and promote prosperity. The largest chocolate firework was measuring 3m high and 1.5m in diameter and containing 60kg of Swiss Cailler chocolates. The firework was released in Zurich on New Year's Eve 2002. Fireworks are not fun for animals. Always keep dogs and cats inside the house when fireworks are being let off. Stay calm and make sure they have somewhere to hide. The biggest occasion for fireworks in the UK is Guy Fawkes Night (5th November). It is a celebration of the failing of the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605, an attempt to kill King James I at the Houses of Parliament. The largest firework rocket is 13kg and was produced and launched in Portugal in 2010. Queen Elizabeth was so fascinated with fireworks that she created an honorary title, "Fire Master of England" for the individual who created the best fireworks. The word for firework in Japanese, 'hanabi', which actually means "fire-flower". Amédée-François Frézier published a "Treatise on Fireworks" in 1706, covering the recreational and ceremonial uses of fireworks. The book became a standard text for fireworks makers. shells and rockets A rocket can reach speeds of 150mph, however the shell can reach as high as 200 metres. A sparkler burns at a temperature over 15 times the boiling point of water. Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch. When your sparkler goes out, put it in a bucket of water. France uses fireworks to celebrate Bastille Day and celebrate storming the prison of Bastille. The record for the largest firework display consisted of 66,326 fireworks and was achieved in Portugal in 2006. Static electricity in synthetic clothing can set off firecrackers. People making firecrackers wear only cotton clothing while making firecrackers. Italy was the first country to truly master and experiment with fireworks in Europe. They were the first to use shells for firecrackers to be loaded into canons and shot into the air. Half of all firework injuries are to children under the age of 16. sparkler heart The biggest annual fireworks display event in Europe is the International Festival concert held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in which a million fireworks are set off in less than an hour. At first fireworks were only orange and white. In the Middle Ages new colours were achieved by adding different salts. The hardest colour to create is blue. Sparklers can be used to make funny pictures. All you need is a totally dark setting, a sparkler to draw with and a camera recording a long exposure. A record breaking 56,000 firework rockets were launched simultaneously in a spectacular opening to the Plymouth, UK Fireworks Championships by Scientist Roy Lowry. A string of firecrackers that went on and on lasting 22 hours marked the New Years day celebrations in Hong Kong in 1996
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    Created by Anthony Gear
  • Children with Special Needs - Law Change
    According to Statistics NZ, 24% of all New Zealanders have a disability. This equates to 1.1 million people of which just over 500 thousand are children under the age of 15. The Education Act, 1989 does not differentiate between students who are 'normal' and students who have disabilities. The act governs all schools in New Zealand, including special schools. This has led to many children being unfairly treated in mainstream and special schools alike. For example, children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) can be stood down for having an 'aggressive meltdown' something which is beyond their control and can be avoided with timely and non-aversive interventions. Similarly a child with Tourette's Syndrome can be stood down for swearing. Children with special needs are vulnerable to exploitation by 'uncaring' principals who have little regard for the symptoms of their condition and are only concerned with following 'the letter of the law'. Yes, they can 'legally' stand a child down for something that they can't help doing, but is it right? One can argue that some of these 'difficult' children should be in 'special' schools. This is not in dispute, as there is undoubtedly a need for schools that cater for children with severe or difficult to manage disabilities. The problem lies in the fact that children can and do get stood down from 'special schools' based on the same criteria that governs mainstream schools. The current act gives principals of special schools 'unlimited power' to stand down any student that they deem too difficult to manage. This is ludicrous as special schools are supposed to cater for children who display difficult behaviours relate to their disabilities. It is for this reason that the law needs to change so that our vulnerable children can be protected from being treated unfairly in all school settings.
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    Created by Gabriel Levy
  • South Taranaki District Council - Block the Offer - Say No to deep sea oil
    We ask that South Taranaki District Council advocate for both current and future generations by adopting a position of opposition to Deep Sea Oil prospecting and drilling. Oil companies have been given the right to prospect for oil around the coast of Taranaki. Consultations about Deep Sea Oil permits are with Iwi, Hapu and Local Authorities. There are many concerns about Deep Sea Oil prospecting and drilling. The seismic surveying used to identify resources in the sea bed is known to be harmful, even fatal, to marine life and to mammals such as whales and dolphins in particular. If oil is found and drilling starts there will be significant risks to our harbours and coastline. The wells would be significantly deeper than the one in the Gulf of Mexico, which took months to close off when there was an oil spill, and devastated the ecology and the economy of the coastal area. We must not let this happen here. The Rena disaster demonstrated how unprepared New Zealand is for a major oil spill. Peak Oil is already here so we have to switch to different ways of living anyway. It is prudent to use the resources which are available now to move towards alternatives. The effects of Climate Change are already being experienced and it is now fully accepted that we have to change our oil dependent lifestyles. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned of ' irreversible and dangerous' changes to the climate if the use of fossil fuels continues. Climate scientists have indicated that we must act now to avoid catastrophic climate change. It is unjustifiable to risk environmental and ecosystem damage to search for a fuel that cannot be safely used without jeopardising the future. Oil production is not economically sustainable (extraction of a finite resource the use of which contributes to climate change could never be sustainable in any way) nor would oil production contribute at all to our local economy other than to have a potentially huge adverse impact if an accident did occur. Oil exploration, both in terms of the immediate risk of an oil spill but also in terms of the contribution to climate change, endangers fishing – customary, commercial or recreational. Oil exploration therefore risks our economy but also people's well being. For generations people have lived off the abundance of the sea, for Tangata Whenua this is especially important as the sea is their food basket. We ask that South Taranaki District Council advocate for the people and communities they serve by making a public statement of opposition to Deep Sea Oil exploration and that they express their opposition generally and on any occasion that they are consulted on this topic. We need to take real climate action now and say NO to deep water drilling.
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    Created by Sara Smith
  • STOP McDonalds coming to Morrinsville
    SIGN THE PETITION TO PROTECT OUR BEAUTIFUL TOWN AND THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE IT SO. Do we really as a rural community want a McDonalds to be one of the first things people see as they come into our town? People are coming to Morrinsville to see the Herd of Cows and our wonderful shops and cafes, the friendly people that take an interest in others and the community support around those that need it. Not to mention that it is almost opposite a kindergarten meaning every day young children would be going past a giant advertisment for junk food just to get to kindy. This is despite health experts warning of the damaging impact of junk food on young children and child obesity spiralling out of control. What about the threat to existing local businesses, as well as causing environmental issues such as litter, noise and smells. What about the traffic problems such as Congestion, parking, pollution and safety (especially Drive-Thrus). Please sign our petition and join our community standing up against McDonalds and help ensure they abandon plans to build the store as it would be devastating for our beautiful small town and the people that make it so. To the Matamata Piako Ditrict Council we the undersigned oppose the build of a McDonalds or other Fast Food outlet in Morrinsville
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    Created by Shelley Herbert
  • Close the Gender Pay Gap
    Through signing this petition you will be helping us to get rid of the gender pay gap in New Zealand. As a school full of girls, the gender pay gap will greatly affect our futures. We have decided to take action against this social issue for our project in social studies and are hoping you could take a few minutes of your time to sign this petition that we will send to our local MPs and Prime Minister along with a letter of complaint.
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    Created by Freja Cook
  • Allow Refugee Sponsorship in New Zealand
    The refugee situation in Europe has reached crisis point. It is important that New Zealand does its bit to help this global humanitarian issue. Our current quota is paltry. Let New Zealanders decide how many refugees we can afford to help by opening their own hearts and wallets to help them. Give us a chance to do our bit.
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    Created by Camilla Wheeler
  • Option to vote "None of the above"
    Currently during NZ elections, there is no option for a voter to record a vote of "None of the above". In 2011 & 2014 elections, more than 20% of eligible voters did not register a vote. Politically apathetic or politically frustrated ??? An option to vote "None of the above" would tell us a lot about that missing 20%. ................................................................................. Dr Bryce Edwards, lecturer of politics at the University of Otago, says it makes sense to incorporate a 'no confidence' or 'none-of-the-above' ballot option as people are "voting with their feet", and sustained low voter turnout is a sign democracy is failing. ... Dr Edwards says a "formal mechanism in the ballot papers for citizens to register their unhappiness" would help differentiate between those protesting the electoral system and the parties on offer, and those who are simply not interested. ... Dr Raymond Miller, associate professor of political science at the University of Auckland, says even if the option existed he "doubts it would be taken up by many voters". "How many voters would go to the trouble of visiting the polling booth in order to register a none-of-the-above vote? […] A more attractive alternative – but one I accept has lower overall impact – is to simply not turn up." http://www.3news.co.nz/politics/no-confidence-vote-a-voice-for-the-disenfranchised-2014090316 .................................................................................
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    Created by steve bentley
  • Waimairi Beach
    This is important to have your say on residential activity inside the Rural Coastal Zones of Waimairi Beach. There is currently an application to build a house within the Rural Coastal zones and Bottle Lake Forest. If this is approved by council it opens further applications, The council cannot approve one residence application and then say No" to others. The rules and zones apply to all Waimairi Beach residents, why should one person be exempt and benefit after they knowingly purchased Rural land with an intention to build a residential property inside the communities Park, Sandunes and Rural Coastal zone.
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    Created by Bevan Pinnell Picture
  • Petition to Change Medicinal Cannabis Regulations
    Medicinal Cannabis should be treated under the Medicines Act in the same way as any other medicine in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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