• Save our regional NZ rail
    Rail is important to reduce residential suburban community public health & safety issues. Residential suburban communities located close to truck routes all over N.Z. especially in export producing regions, and large cities, are now in peril according to latest (WHO) World Health studies. These residential communities near heavy road traffic routes, have been linked heart disease and many other medical damages to the increasing exposure to heavy freight truck noise, vibration, & air quality degradation from truck tyre/diesel particulate pollution. One truck produces 100 times more than one car in air pollution. Source – several studies including U.S. & N.Z. studies. (NIWA) Recent UK studies have concluded that those communities living within 300 metres of busy roads will suffer increased cases of dementia. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/04/living-near-heavy-traffic-increases-dementia-risk-say-scientists. (Quote) Previously, scientists have linked air pollution and traffic noise to reduced density of white matter (the brain’s connective tissue) and lower cognition. A recent study suggested that magnetic nano-particles from air pollution can make their way into brain tissue. The latest study, published in The Lancet, found that those who live closest to major traffic arteries were up to 12% more likely to be diagnosed with dementia – a small but significant increase in risk. These public health damages to residential communities has also been confirmed by several other studies including a large N.Z. study produced in 2004 by the N.Z. Ministry of Transport showing 980 early deaths annually in N.Z. is attributed to vehicle air pollution alone. This heavy traffic noise, vibration & pollution exposure to residential communities near truck routes, coupled with cyclists deaths caused by trucks must all be mitigated, and a N.Z. Rail Strategy must be produced to combat these premature deaths increasing due to our failing current Land Transport road freight policy. Pollution Residential bad planning pollution hotspot. For example Napier has now the N.Z. dubious title as among the largest volume of truck freight movements through a 12,000 populated residential community. All 12 000 residents live within 300 meters of the busy truck route called H.B. Expressway. With a daily average of almost 2 000 trucks a day. Along with 23 000 other vehicles. Also within 300 meters two residential city traffic corridors are situated. Kennedy Road & Taradale Road who have a combined total of another 50 000 vehicles a day. This residential pollution hot spot produced by bad planning, has generated a total of over 80 000 vehicles a day in a 300 meter radius. Now this is a public health crisis, that was highlighted in a year long (PCE) study in 2003. The report entitled “H.B. Expressway noise & air Quality issues 2004” is a report generated by the (PCE) Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and amongst the 9 recommendations can be mitigated by a movement back to rail freight. Gisborne also as similar residential communities exposed to 24/7 truck traffic pollution issues due to reliance on road based heavy haulage rather than rail freight from inland port facilities not established. If the rail was re-established we see the health benefits are complimentary to providing safer roads for other users and cheaper freight for our export producers. Please PM Bill English restore our regional rail freight & passenger/tourism service for the health and safety of our communities.
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  • Withdraw Statoil from our waters without delay
    This letter has been endorsed by Iwi and hapu of the eastern seaboard of Aotearoa. It is our ancestral waters that are under threat... We invite all New Zealanders, and indeed everyone anywhere who cares about the future of the planet, to sign on with us. Nā mātou, Ngā Hapū o Te Tairāwhiti tae atu ki Te Tauihu o te Waka Te Whanau a Tapuaeururangi Te Whanau a Kahu Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Te Whanau a Te Aotaki Te Whanau a Te Aopare Te Whanau a Hunaara Te Whanau a Te Aotaihi Te Whanau a Hinerupe Te Whanau a Hinerupe ki Waiapu Te Whanau a Rakaimataura Ngati Putaanga Te Whanau a Tapuhi Te Whanau a Karuwai Ngai Tane Te Whanau a Takimoana Te Whanau a Hunaara ki te tonga Te Whanau a Rerewa Ngati Hokopu Ngati Horowai Te Whanau a Uruhonea Rakaimataura Te Whanau a Pokai Te Whanau a Hineauta Ngati Rangi Te Whanau a Umuariki Ruataupare Ki Tuparoa Ngai Tangihaere Te Whanau a Hinetapora Ngati Hinekehu Ngai Rauru Ngati Uepohatu Te Aitanga a Mate Te Aowera Te Whanau a Hinekehu Takutai Kaitiaki Trust Te Whanau a Iritekura Ngai Taharora Te Whanau a Ruataupare ki Tokomaru Ngati Hau ki Anaura Nga Ariki Kaiputahi Ngati Oneone Wainui Marae Tarere Marae Te Aitanga a Mahaki Ngai Tamanuhiri Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust Ngati Rangiwaho, Rangiwaho Marae - Te Kopua mai Paritu Ngai Te Ipu ki Whakaki Ngai Tu ki Rakato/Mahia Hikairo ki Whareongaonga Ngati Te Korou Pahauwera Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc. Ngati Hinepare (ki Kahungunu) Te Runanganui o Heretaunga Ngati Mahu Ngai Tawhao Ngati Kahungunu ki Poneke Rangitane Rangitane o Kaituna Motu Wairaka Marae Ngāi Tūmapūhia-a-Rangi ki Te Wairarapa Ngati Hinewaka Ngati Hine Ngati Hinepua Ngai Tarita Ngati Rakaiwhakairi Ngati Hinewaka Ngai Tukoko Ngati Ngapuoterangi Ngati Rakairangi Ngati Hinetauira Ngati Kahukuranui Ngati Rua Ngati Rongomaiaia Ngati Rangaranga Ngati Kahukuraawhitia Ngati Mamoe (Ki Wairarapa) Ngati Parakiore, Nga Ruahuihui o Tamaki Nui A Rua Te Iwi o Tamaki Nui A Rua Ngai Te Ao
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  • To construct the Katikati Bypass on the designated route
    The environmental impact of the intensity of SH2 traffic in Katikati Main Street is detrimental to the health and well being of our community. It is impossible to use and enjoy the Town Centre. Noise and air pollution, and health and safety for our increasing population, especially seniors and families, are pressing concerns. The current situation divides the town making it dangerous to access the main road from all the side streets. We have a right to enjoy a peaceful, pleasant and vibrant Katikati Town Centre, and to attract visitors to enjoy the Mural Town experience. If you signed the paper petition in Katikati please do not sign again thank you.
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  • Ban microbeads in New Zealand
    Microbeads are small pieces of plastic that are found mainly in beauty products, facial scrubs and toothpaste. They have been proven to have a devastating impact on marine life and that they filter through the food chain and have an impact on human diets as well. They have even been found in sea salt. There is no practical way to clean them once they are in the ocean. Article 23 of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 states that regulations may be put in place to prohibit the manufacture or sale of products that contain specified materials. We therefore call on Hon. Dr. Nick Smith to apply this article to plastic microbeads, including 'biodegradable' plastic microbeads and other similar products that will not break down in our oceans. https://www.beatthemicrobead.org/ProductTable.php?colour=2&country=NZ&language=EN Credit to 5Gyres for the picture.
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  • Ban Glyphosphate use in our public spaces in Tauranga
    In March 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer IARC (part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) ruled that glyphosate (commonly known as Roundup and other proprietary names) 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. http://pesticideblog.lawbc.com/entry/iarc-announces-cancer-classification-for-glyphosate-and-other-pesticides Other scientific research has shown: • Glyphosate is an antibiotic causing some bacteria to become immune to antibiotics (Prof. Jack Heinemann et al., Canterbury University 2015.) http://www.comsdev.canterbury.ac.nz/rss/news/?articleId=1659 • Glyphosate affects the environment by breaking down more slowly than previously thought. • Glyphosate disrupts learning behaviours in bees. The concentrations of glyphosate used in farming can reduce sensitivity to nectar reward and impair associative learning in bees. • Glyphosate in the formulation known as Roundup is more toxic than glyphosate on its own because of the added surfactants. • Glyphosate poses a genetic hazard to fish and contributes to long lasting damage. • There is no safe level because neither glyphosate nor glyphosate-based herbicides have been assessed at sub-lethal concentrations. Since significant research findings have shown that glyphosate and its surfactants pose a material, health and environmental hazard, the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has not undertaken a review of its earlier opinion that approved these substances in 2005 and 2009. Tauranga City council says it has undertaken one trial of an alternative, the results are still pending. This decision has not yet made any move to phase out glyphosate. The council needs to put a higher weighting on people's and the environment's well-being, and not confine itself to a limited analysis based only on the immediate operating costs. The danger that glyphosate poses to our health and environment translates to a major economic cost to our society. Alternative weed management methods are available, such as plant oil-fatty-acid based herbicides, hot water (better and cheaper than steam), mowing, hand weeding (providing employment), steam guns (for the gardener), weed trimmers, mulching and allowing some areas to go wild, where there are ecological benefits. See this file for a discussion of alternatives: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/beachheroes/pages/1997/attachments/original/1453071596/Alternatives_for_Councils.pdf North Shore and city areas of Auckland have been using non-chemical alternatives for 20 years successfully. Christchurch City Council is the first city in New Zealand to agree to phase the use of glyphosate. For references relating to the above information please check out this link: Glyphosate: No Safe Level 2015 by Jodie Bruning B.Bus.Agribusiness (Monash) https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/beachheroes/pages/1997/attachments/original/1455059707/Glyphosate_Report_10-02.pdf
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  • STOP THE USE OF TOXIC GLYPHOSATE ON ROTORUA'S ROADS AND PARKS NOW
    The Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) employ contractors to spray Rotorua's road edges, parks and rural road marker posts and edges with the herbicide glyphosate and its additives. These are generally done beyond the required standard (i.e. they use more than is recommended). In March 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer IARC (part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) ruled that glyphosate (commonly known as Roundup and other proprietary names) 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. http://pesticideblog.lawbc.com/entry/iarc-announces-cancer-classification-for-glyphosate-and-other-pesticides In addition to the 'probable cancer' statement above, other scientific research has found that: • Glyphosate is an antibiotic causing some bacteria to become immune to antibiotics (Prof. Jack Heinemann et al., Canterbury University 2015.) http://www.comsdev.canterbury.ac.nz/rss/news/?articleId=1659 • Glyphosate affects the environment by breaking down more slowly than previously thought. • Glyphosate disrupts learning behaviours in bees. The concentrations of glyphosate used in farming can reduce sensitivity to nectar reward and impair associative learning in bees. • Glyphosate in the formulation known as Roundup is more toxic than glyphosate on its own because of the added surfactants. • Glyphosate poses a genetic hazard to fish and contributes to long lasting damage. • There is no safe level because neither glyphosate nor glyphosate-based herbicides have been assessed at sub-lethal concentrations. Since significant research findings have shown that glyphosate and its surfactants pose a material, health and environmental hazard, the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has not undertaken a review of its earlier opinion that approved these substances in 2005 and 2009. Rotorua Lakes Council says it is prepared to consider alternatives that are cost effective, but has not yet made any move to phase out glyphosate. The council needs to put a higher weighting on people's and the environment's well-being, and not confine itself to a limited analysis based only on the immediate operating costs. The danger that glyphosate poses to our health and environment translates to a major economic cost to our society. Alternative weed management methods are available, such as plant oil-fatty-acid based herbicides, hot water (better and cheaper than steam), mowing, hand weeding (providing employment), steam guns (for the gardener), weed trimmers, mulching and allowing some areas to go wild, where there are ecological benefits. See this file for a discussion of alternatives: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/beachheroes/pages/1997/attachments/original/1453071596/Alternatives_for_Councils.pdf North Shore and city areas of Auckland have been using non-chemical alternatives for 20 years successfully. For references relating to the above information and for further detrimental effects of glyphosate see Glyphosate: No Safe Level 2015 by Jodie Bruning B.Bus.Agribusiness (Monash) https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/beachheroes/pages/1997/attachments/original/1455059707/Glyphosate_Report_10-02.pdf
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  • BAN THE USE OF A CARCINOGENIC CHEMICAL IN HOKIANGA
    I understand that the norm for the roadside management of weeds is to spray with herbicides and understand that glyphosate is used. I note that it is possible for householders to opt out of sprays being used near their property by joining the 'no spray' register but feel that this is insufficient and that FNDC should move to a 'no spray' regime across the district for all roads, footpaths and parks. There are significant concerns about the toxicity of glyphosate. Recently glyphosate was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Class 2A carcinogen, meaning, it probably causes cancer. (1) Glyphosate is the world's most commonly sprayed weedkiller and is the active ingredient in RoundUp (2) It is a product most Council contractors use in keeping both urban and rural public areas weed free. With cancer the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for 29.4% of all deaths (3), it is important we protect the public, particularly children, from exposure to this chemical. The damning conclusion by the world's leading health experts means that the Council needs to take responsibility for protecting our health and making our beautiful district healthy and safe for all by completely stopping the use of glyphosate. The public spraying of this carcinogenic chemical is a violation of our human rights. To continue to expose residents to the adverse health effects of this cancer-causing chemical is directly counter to the stated key outcomes of FNDC. I understand that viable, safe and cost-effective alternatives are available and are successfully used in other areas of the country. Research has proven the cost effectiveness of hot water and foam treatment which is almost equal in cost to chemical spraying. In 2009 French Professor Séralini's two year study on glyphosate found it produced large cancerous tumours in rats (4). Because its effects are cumulative and not immediate (that is they only show up over a long period of time) people generally think it is safe. Dr. Don Huber, an award-winning, international scientist, microbiologist and professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University (US) who has 55+ years experience in research and expertise in the area of plant pathology, says that contrary to the common claim of safety, a large volume of peer-reviewed scientific information clearly demonstrates that Roundup herbicide is chronically toxic to human and animal tissues and leads to cancer, premature death, kidney and liver failure, blood disorders and a host of other diseases (5). Dr Huber considers glyphosate is worse than DDT (6), and that there's also a correlation between glyphosate use & bee die off (7). Our environment has long been subject to frequent spraying of this toxic chemical. In 2009 France's highest Court ruled that Roundup (active ingredient glyphosate) is not biodegradable nor does it "keep the soil clean" as Monsanto had previously advertised. (8) It has now also been found present in human blood, urine and breast milk. (7) I request that FNDC move to spray-free management of all roadsides, footpaths and parks in the district. Help us make all areas in Hokianga both glyphosate and chemical free now. [1] and [2] http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150422-glyphosate-roundup-herbicide-weeds/ [3] http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/cancer-new-registrations-and-deaths-2011 [4] http://www.gmoseralini.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/GES-final-study-19.9.121.pdf (5) http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/roundup-herbicide-most-toxic-chemical-environment [6] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/15/dr-don-huber-interview-part-2.aspx [7] http://www.gmoevidence.com/dr-huber-glyphosate-and-bee-colony-collapse-disorder-ccd/ [8] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8308903.stm
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  • I pledge to vote for the 1st party that promises to exit the TPP!
    The TPP destroys our Democracy, our Sovereignty. The ISDS os a corporate coup d'etat. We cannot have the government sued in a rigged tribunal for acting in the interests of the people! The UN Human rights expert has found the TPP at odds with human rights treaties making it in breach of international treaties! http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=17006 The majority of New Zealanders oppose the TPP, by signing this petition you are making it highly desirable for a political party to act in the public's wishes & best interests and agree to put their money where their mouth is and exit the TPP! We did it with a Nuclear free stance, we can do it again and be TPP FREE! If you want to be our representatives, then represent us! Not the US! Note: The party must be registered, active and must make the statement loudly, clearly and publically.
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  • Make Otautahi-Christchurch one-use plastic-bag free
    Samoa and 29 other countries have banned them...now it's time for our redesigned city Otautahi-Christchurch to lead the way in NZ. NZers send an estimated one BILLION plastic bags to landfill annually. Scientists estimate it takes 1000 years (yes, you read that right) for plastic bags to degrade and during that process toxins are leached and particles can get into the food chain.
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  • Ban Corexit NOW before someone dies
    This highly toxic substance is sprayed upon oil spills as a disbursement agent. It is known to cause cancer and has been the cause of many deaths amongst oil spill clean up workers around the world. It is banned in 18 countries so why the hell are we using it!
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  • Close the Leachate Leaking Levin Landfill
    Horowhenua District Council is hell bent on keeping the Levin Landfill open despite the huge environmental and financial costs. HDC has admitted they cannot contain the landfill leachate that seeps into the Hokio Stream. Their approach is to change resource consent conditions so they can legally pollute the wider environment including the stream. It begs the question why? As a member of a community group who have been keeping an eye on the landfill operation for over 17 years I have come to the conclusion it’s all about politics, as nothing else makes sense. About ten years ago Mayor Duffy campaigned that he was going to make half a million dollars per annum by importing Kapiti’s rubbish into the Levin Dump. They made a secret contract (they say this is commercially sensitive) with Midwest Disposals. Although they have been telling the public that all is well the truth is the landfill has been losing vast amounts of ratepayers money and is now over $4.5 million in debt. The reason they are in debt is because the landfill is located in the worst spot imaginable, in permeable sand-country, near a stream and beach, upstream of a township, on shallow ground water and on sensitive ex Maori occupied land. Any of these points should have been a reason not obtain a resource consent but it was pushed through by Horizons Regional Council and HDC in 2002 without proper process which was later investigated by the Parliamentary Commission for the Environment who gave both councils a damming report. Unfortunately the culture hasn't changed. Because of the landfills location on sand country, millions of extra dollars has to be spent on trying to contain the toxic leachate which has proven to be impossible. A five yearly review is now underway with Horizons imposing a new set of conditions. These conditions are being contested by HDC. So we have the two councils fighting each other, wasting hundreds of thousands of our dollars, when it could have all be resolved if Horowhenua District Council would come clean and discuss the option of the alternative landfill at Bonni-Glen which is far more cost effective and environmentally efficient. With enough people power we can get rid of this disgraceful polluting dump from our backyard and start to restore our once pristine environment so please sign the petition.
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  • Stop Hot Foot!
    Hot Foot is a sticky substance which burns on skin contact and can trap birds and small animals (1), literally gluing them to buildings! (2) It does not discriminate between native and non-native birds and the injuries that birds sustain may require them to be euthanised (3). The manufacturer of Hot Foot (Hot Foot International) claim that it does not harm birds but that is hard to believe when the product carries so many harsh health warnings for humans. For eye contact, you are supposed to flush with water for 20 minutes. For skin contact you are supposed to do the same and sponge the skin gently so the skin doesn't come off. If it's swallowed, it can burn the mouth, throat and stomach lining and they can't even pump your stomach so you're out of luck. (4) All of these things could happen to a bird who encounters the gel and tries to remove it by preening. Pest control does not have to be cruel. There are many products available on the market, even at PGG Wrightson, which do not cause any harm to the target animals. Spikes, nets, flash tapes, predator decoys and even similar non-toxic bio repellent gels are very effective and also humane. Hot foot is a barbaric product that has no place in New Zealand--tell PGG Wrightson to stop carrying Hot Foot today! --References-- 1. Hot Foot's own label details the risks of using the product: https://www.hotfoot.com/labels/gel-label.pdf 2. A sad story from Waikato in 2009 shows how a flock of native Welcome Swallows (Warou) were trapped against a pipe and unable to free themselves: http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/2774765/Bird-error-hard-to-swallow 3. A 2011 story from Nelson shows another incident where the majority of a flock of Welcome Swallows needed to be euthanised. Note the quote from Senior SPCA inspector Craig Crowley who says "I have never seen anything as horrible in pest control. It is unacceptable in any circumstances." http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5256404/Distressing-sticky-end-for-trapped-swallows 4. This page details medical advice for emergency medical treatment. http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+5158
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