• 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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  • Stop funding the Wairarapa dams and other irrigation schemes: Greater Wellington Regional Council
    Wairarapa means ‘glistening waters’ and is home to many beautiful rivers, lakes, streams, plants, and animals. These waters are not what they once were and are under further threat from an extreme plan to build think-big irrigation dams to drive more industrial farming. These schemes invariably create wealth for a small proportion of a region at the cost of the majority - our tax money funding pollution. This proposal to build two dams, one on Black Creek and one on Wakamoekau and to also take water from the Waiawanawanga for irrigation is being led by the Wairarapa Dam company and subsidised by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC). Much of the water from these dams will be used to grow more grass for more dairy cows. The company predicts if they build the dams, land currently in dairy will double to over 13,000 ha. (1). It's not about hating dairy cows or their owners. More cows simply means more effluent finding its way to our water. This includes nitrogen-rich urine which leaches down through the soil and gets into waterways causing damaging algal blooms. Thus, pollution from more cows cannot be mitigated away by fencing or planting. Like many of our waterways in NZ, the Ruamahanga river and several other rivers and streams in the area are already polluted. Some of them are already classified unswimmable. (2) GWRC Councillors have already thrown 3 million ratepayer dollars at this polluting irrigation scheme and they may put in even more (3). Council should be spending our money cleaning up rivers, not polluting them further by subsidising irrigation schemes. The first dam site that was scoped was the Mangatarere Valley and it was ditched after fierce resistance from local people and farmers. The GWRC and dam company should expect continued resistance if they carry on with their polluting plans. This multi-million dollar irrigation scheme is only going to be possible if local and central government continues to hand over millions of dollars of public money to subsidise them. We call on Greater Wellington Regional to make the right decision for our freshwater and stop any further funding to the Wairarapa Dam company. Tiakina te wai! We want clean water! References BakerAG 2016 Water Wairarapa Future Land Use Scenarios. Report prepared by: Chris Lewis and Stefan Bryant GWRC, 2015 Is it safe to swim? Recreational water quality monitoring results for the 2014/15 summer http://www.gw.govt.nz/funding-for-wairarapa-water-project-study/
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  • Save Te Waikoropupū : Tasman District Councillors
    Te Waikoropupū (Pupū) springs in Golden bay has some of the clearest waters ever measured on earth. And right now they are under threat from an extreme proposal to take water from the rivers that feed the springs and use it to water grass for more dairy cows. More cows would mean more pollution in these pristine springs. If accepted the proposal would allow the springs to lose at least 20% of their world renowned clarity. It would also allow the level of nitrate pollution go above what National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has recommended is the safe upper limit. (1)(2) The springs are of immense cultural, ecological and spiritual importance to New Zealanders and are also visited by tens of thousands of tourists every year. They are Wahi Tapu (sacred place) for local iwi. But in the coming months, Tasman District Councillors could accept this drastic proposal from a group called FLAG - the Takaka Freshwater Land and Advisory Group. This would be a disaster for the springs, for New Zealanders and for the local economy that depends on tourism. Our international reputation and one of our cherished places of unique natural beauty destroyed forever. These councillors have a choice to make. They can either protect the springs, or they can choose more dairy cows. We the undersigned call on them to protect and safeguard this national and international treasure for current and future generations. (1)http://www.tasman.govt.nz/document/serve/Summary%20of%20Takaka%20FLAG%20process%20and%20interim%20decisions%20-16%20Dec%202016%20v41.pdf?path=/EDMS/Public/Other/Environment/Water/WaterManagement/000000709026. (2)http://www.tasman.govt.nz/document/serve/RM130269_HearingDocument6_FriendsGB1.pdf?path=/EDMS/Public/Other/Property/ResourceConsents/NotifiedResourceConsentApplications/Gunsboro/RM130269_Gunsboro_HearingDocuments/000000442707.
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  • Reduce Student Loan Repayment Requirements - 12% per dollar over threshold to 8%
    This is important because we still want to encourage repayments of student loans, without putting undue financial pressure on individuals and families who are doing their best to get ahead and provide for themselves and/or their families. It is a simple, but effective change which would relieve much of this pressure. It also encourages a healthier work ethic, as those who are working, only to have all income spent on the basic cost of living, generally do not possess the same drive as those who are meeting their living costs without the same struggle. Here's a quick video demonstrating income vs. expenses for an individual on a labour only contract, using blocks to keep it simple: https://youtu.be/AF3c0Q0FTXM Let's help our fellow kiwis get on top of their student loan repayments, and show them a bit of love for working so hard for our country, by reducing the percentage of income deducted from 12% to 8%.
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  • Truck Free Kaikoura
    While, of course, many trucks will still need to use the highway to make local deliveries along the route, this is a golden opportunity to encourage much of the large, long haul freight that does not stop along the way, off the highway and onto the most environmentally friendly modes of transport; firstly, coastal shipping and secondly, rail. This is not to promote a ban, rather it is to provide infrastructure that will promote and encourage a reduction in the some 550 daily truck trips currently required. Let's take this opportunity to create a world renowned Kaikoura Coastal Scenic Highway. Let’s reinstate the road through the Kaikoura District to include a safe cycle/walking lane separate from the Highway wherever possible and safely integrated with the highway around  the narrow, bluffy parts of the coast. Imagine the growth in prosperity for the whole region. Reinstate the rail for freight and a fantastic tourism experience with strategic stop-offs to compliment the cycle/walkway. 1. Honour our international obligations to reduce carbon emissions. 2. ‘Future proof’ the freight transport network against further disruptive events. 3. Create a much safer highway for all users. 4. Minimize highway repairs. 5. Create a quieter, more relaxed and people friendly Kaikoura Township for both locals and tourists to enjoy. 6. A safe cycle/walkway through the region will increase tourism opportunities and SH1 will become a world renowned tourist highway.
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  • Make Mount Maunganui ocean pool a reality
    It's a beautiful feature that will form a wonderful place to swim and relax. Similar style to the natural pools in Sydney it will create a safe, calm space to swim and relax, protected from the waves.
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  • Fully fund GPS tracker equipment for Alzheimer's and dementia patients
    Why should our family, neighbours and communties be at risk of loosing the ones we love permantley when it is 2017 and we have the resources to control this issue. The price of a GPS system and session teaching the family./ client on how to use compared to the cost of a search party and emotional toll this takes does not even compare.
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  • 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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  • Hawea Stand For Pure Water
    We love our pure water and want to keep it.
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  • Mandatory Desexing of Companion Animals.
    Desexing is very important & kind for companion animal's welfare & safety. New Zealand has a high rate of animal abuse & we need to be seen as a leader on companion animal care. To show other countries that we care. Some backyard & casual breeders have animals living in disgusting conditions & with terrible health conditions. And we see pups/kittens suffering with bad health effects continuosly. (Ref:NZherald) Animal "Hoarding" is a collection of animals where the person enables the situation & has not the mentality to realize OR the financial funds to continue with the ongoing care & welfare. Very important that this is addressed as part of the problem. http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/…/repeat-animal-abuser-disq…/ http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/what-we-do/the-5-freedoms/ People buy pups from pet shops that are cute, then a few months later they are deformed or have other medical conditions. Due to no consideration of the animals welfare & only to make a profit. Also many pet shops are selling animals with no desexing stipulations .They should be vacinated, micro -chipped, & desexed. spcahttp://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201831523/spcalls-for-ban-on-selling-non-desexed-cats NZ's cats & dogs are having litters after litters, year after year. We have starving neglected dogs, council shelters/pounds full of dogs picked up roaming, dogs chained in backyards everywhere hidden from public view with no stimulation & animal abusers that do horrific things to animals.This is important as an animal is to be free from distress. (Refer Animal Welfare Act.1999) Example of neglect. Was this man capable to have an animal in his care? http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/about-us/news-and-updates/auckland-man-found-guilty-in-animal-abuse-case-after-dog-found-in-skeletal-condition/ Was this woman capable? When SPCA Inspector Peggy found Olive, she was so severely emaciated it was hard to believe she was still alive. The 8-month-old puppy was tied up on a short chain, her tiny frame hunched over in pain. Inspector Peggy brought her to the SPCA Auckland Animal Hospital for the immediate veterinary treatment she desperately needed. Olive weighed just 10kg and our vets said she was suffering extreme malnutrition. Her claws were so overgrown they curled up under her feet and her skin was covered in mange and open pressure sores. Our Inspectorate team worked hard to seek justice for Olive through the courts. Her owner Cerise Harris was found guilty of wilful ill-treatment of an animal and was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and disqualified from owning animals for 10 years. Fortunately Olive made a full recovery and was adopted by her foster mum Sally. Thanks to our SPCA supporters, Olive now has the life she deserves. Animals suffer from being bred continuosly & the person responsible does not consider the consequences further down the line when puppies or kittens need to be rehomed, or they don't wont them. Some of these animals are left abandoned to fend for themselves, 'dumped'! Tiny babies in rubbish bins, under buildings, in bushes & in boxes left outside SPCA's.Dead Kittens left on public footpaths.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11792596 Tiny babies dumped to die.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11787609&ref=NZH_fb spcahttp://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201831523/spcalls-for-ban-on-selling-non-desexed-cats Some dogs are stolen (deliberately stolen) that are not desexed & are used to make a profit from breeding, with no care whats so-ever taken on the welfare of the pups. People buy & sell animals off the internet with no conditions/follow up on desexing. An issue that should also be debated. SPCA's & Rescue groups are inundated with 1000's of unwanted litters, especially in seasonal times. They do a wonderful job with desexing-M/C- fostering & rehoming. Some shelters/pounds (alot) have animals that will never come out. (ref:Euthanasia Rates) "In 2016, 8,372 dogs were impounded in Auckland's animal shelters. Most were reclaimed by their owners and 644 were adopted, but 3,059 dogs that were not suitable for rehoming because they were too sick or injured, failed a temperament test, were a menacing dog breed, or were simply too dangerous had to be euthanized. The stats speak a similar story further south. In Tauranga during the 2015/16 year, 960 dogs were impounded, 764 were returned to their owners, 62 were adopted by new families, and 134 were euthanized." (quote Cathy Casey) "We simply have too many dogs in New Zealand," says Auckland councillor Cathy Casey. "Buying puppies from pet shops encourages more breeding that we just don't need. It doesn't help the cause when dog owners don't desex their dogs either, often resulting in thousands of unwanted puppies." They did not ask for this & are born to die! Too SAD & very unfair! SPCA List of Shame shines spotlight on animal cruelty www.spcaauckland.org.nz/.../spca-list-of-shame-shines-spotlight-on-animal- cruelty An animal should have a right to have a happy life free from abandonment, neglicence & cruelty. People need to be seriously responsable when caring for animals & to prove they have a consciense. Many animals do not have the 5 freedoms, they suffer instead. http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/what-we-do/the-5-freedoms/ Australia's desexing laws, that are in some states, are seeing a dramatic reduction in unwanted animals. (Ref:Australia Animal Welfare Act.) Animal lovers are outraged about the hearbreaking treatment & disrespect for animals. We want you to take this very seriously & consider the change we would see in the future of companion animals due to a mandatory desexing legalistlation. Thankyou. From the signatory's below.
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  • Justice for Susan Burdett. Make NZ Police reopen her murder case.
    Susan Burdett and her family deserve justice. Since Teina Pora was cleared of the murder with his wrongful conviction quashed, the real murderer needs to be tried. The NZ Police have refused to meet with media that have uncovered new evidence. All New Zealand citizens should be able to feel safe in their homes and should be able to trust that the NZ Police will do their best to find the murderer and bring them to justice if that happened to any of our families. Susan Burdett's life means something. She should not be forgotten. Her families quest for justice needs our support. She deserves justice. She deserved peace in her home. Malcolm Rewa raped her and robbed her of her peace. She was murdered that night in Pah Rd, Papatoetoe, Auckland. He is the only suspect now and there is new evidence that places Malcolm Rewa three doors away alone on that night in 1992. It will be 25 years in March since she was murdered. No one was brought to justice for taking Susan's life. Susan Burdett deserves eternal peace. Justice brings peace.
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  • Ban Tethering of Dogs & Goats
    Physical & Emotional Stimulation is non exsistent in the continual tethering of dogs. Goats are social animals that can be abused when tethered on the side of road-ways. They suffer in isolation. We care for the wellbeing of these animals & the situations of the 1000's of dogs & goats in the environments they are kept in. Some dogs live in unsanitary surroundings & are starved of any form of enjoyment,which is their right. Also some are starved of proper nutrition or nearly to death! http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/87897728/dog-abuse-cases-investigated-by-spca-jump-to-more-than-8000-in-a-year The Animal Welfare Code (1999) states the following: 4. Containment, Tethering and Shelter 4.1 Containment Introduction Containment of unsupervised dogs prevents them injuring or otherwise harming themselves, other dogs and people. The length of time that dogs are contained or tethered, and the way that it is done, can have a significant impact on their welfare. Prolonged containment or tethering can have a significant negative impact on the physical and mental health of dogs and the need for exercise (see Section 7.8 Exercise), as well as access to food, water and shelter while in containment all have to be considered. Minimum Standard No. 4 – Containment and Tethering (a) Dogs must not be contained or tethered in a way that causes them injury or distress. (b) Collars must fit comfortably without damaging the skin or restricting breathing Incidents are happening all over New Zealand where this code is breached,we seriously need this enforced. As a nation people are disheartened by the continual cruelty to the dogs & goats that are 24/7 tethered. Article from a recent attack by dogs on a tethered goat.. (January 2017) http://m.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11793377 I realize there are necessary times dogs need to be chained up, as in for safety reasons. A law where dogs are not to be chained for more than 4 hours. (for example).The dog must be taken off the chain & excercised at least twice a day, more times than this will be better. The area the dog lives in must have water & shelter, (Animal Welfare Code needs to be implemented here) & clean of feces & rubbish. Goats are not to be tethered on a road with traffic & must be kept with other animals or have a goat friend ! Many people are concerned who have a love for animals, & are appalled with our animal welfare system & want to see change . The policing of these situations could be done by a separate welfare group. I know many people that are passionate on welfare issues & would be interested in working with this. A charitable trust is already being thought of to help support this cause & other animal welfare issues that need to be addressed. I sincerely hope that you will consider this cause. Thankyou. From the signatory's below.
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