• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • No mega landfill in Dome Valley
    The Dome Valley is not the ideal place for a landfill due to environmental, climate conditions and traffic risks. The proposed mega landfill is to service Auckland and Northland's waste landfill for the next 30 years and beyond. It is situated in a high river valley of 156 hectares with a tributary of the Hoteo running through the bottom of it. This runs into the Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand' s biggest harbour and main breeding ground for many species of fish and bird including 80 % snapper stocks traced back to Kaipara. The proposal includes up to 300 truck/ trailers per day transporting waste to Dome Valley on SH 1. At present an area of native forest, and multitude of waterways that flood with extreme rain events common in the Dome. This area is a haven to many endangered species (native) including the very rare and unique Hochstetters frog.
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  • Ban Supermarket use of plastic bags
    The fact is, as plastic weathers it breaks down and is easily mistaken for food by fish. A document produced by the Seafood Industry Council and Maritime New Zealand states that in parts of the world "fish are becoming seriously contaminated by plastic pollution". Plastic ingestion also kills turtles and seabirds. It's time New Zealand played its part in curbing the scourge.
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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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  • Stop weed spraying with glyphosate
    The health and safety of families exposed to this cancer causing toxin are at risk. We do not need to use it when organic alternatives are available.
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  • Get GDC to Adopt this Resolution to Protect Gisborne from the TPPA
    As our elected Council, GDC needs to address the TPP and its effects on our community. This resolution will ensure they voice their willingness to protect us as much as they can. Other major NZ cities have adopted these resolutions and Gisborne should be next. Cities include Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Dunedin among others. Adopt this resolution. Protect our Gisborne community.
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