• Allow men access to domestic violence services that are publicly funded.
    With studies such as The Dunedin Study and many others pointing to men being between 30 and 50% of domestic violence victims, it is immoral that there is little or no help available to men who are suffering this abuse. There is no excuse for this sexism especially when many of the institutions that offer services exclusively for women are at least partially funded by the New Zealand taxpayer. As such they should have to adhere to the Human Rights Act that makes discrimination on the basis of sex illegal. Currently Women's Refuge offers no services for men at all and Shine only offers anger management and a helpline but their website repeatedly casts the man in the role of the abuser. On the subject of male victims it says "Male victims, please note: If you are a male victim of domestic abuse and need help to escape the abuse, please ring Shine’s Helpline. While there are no ‘refuges’, there may be some emergency accommodation options available for you." Attitudes towards male victims need to change. They are more likely to be arrested than helped if they phone the police, have less access to help and routinely have their stories dismissed or belittled, making them unlikely to come forward. I would like to see domestic violence services being offered to men a part of receiving government funding. It is as unfair to expect men to suffer in silence, trapped in violent relationships as it is for women.
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  • Ban pro-anorexia websites in New Zealand
    Teenagers have been dying to get noticed as eating disorders have risen by 50% in the last few years. We believe that any form of encouragement or motivation towards eating disorders can trigger people to develop more serious cases like anorexia. Pro-Ana sites/blogs just add to the pressure to be skinny in the modern day media. "How I stop myself from eating" and "You will get FAT if you eat today" are just some of the many disturbing quotes from these websites.This is why we want these websites to be banned in New Zealand, we need to save our youth. Please sign this petition to show your support and raise awareness. Thank you.
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  • Block the Offer: Christchurch City Council Meeting
    We ask that Auckland City Council advocate for both current and future generations by adopting a public position of opposition to oil prospecting and drilling and that they express this and on any occasion that they are consulted on this topic. Oil companies have been offered the opportunity by the New Zealand government to prospect for oil close to Auckland. Consultations about oil permit areas are held with Iwi, Hapu and Local Authorities (such as the Auckland Council ), who have the opportunity to put in a submission to New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals before Friday November 18th. There are many concerns about Deep Sea Oil prospecting and drilling including: 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. To have a moderate chance of keeping temperature increase below 2 degrees centigrade, the allowable global carbon budget for the rest of this century is 400-850 gigatonnes (Gt = 1 billion tonnes.) Coal, oil and gas mines currently operating or under construction will emit 940 Gt over their lifespan. This exceeds the carbon budget. Clearly more mines are not compatible with climate safety.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. As governments legislate to limit greenhouse gas emissions, mining companies will demand compensation for their ‘stranded assets’. This will burden the taxpayer. We need no new oil infrastructure to create stranded assets. 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, In fact the number of jobs created by oil exploration is relatively small. Many more jobs are created by investment in alternative energy infrastructure. The idea that Taranaki is an area made rich by the oil industry is simply not true. Taranaki people’s annual average income is lower than the national average. Most of the wealth in Taranaki is held in the urban areas, and people living nearest to the well sites (such as Kaponga, Eltham, Patea, Stratford East and Waitara East), are in fact the most deprived, which is reflected in their low socio-economic levels and high school decile ratings.’ The 620 people who are directly employed by the oil industry, and the 1,160 people who work in support services are subjected to the boom-and-bust nature of the industries price cycles. Even New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young has said that the region needs to explore other options, such as horticulture and tourism.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 Auckland 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. We ask our councillors to represent our voices. References: [1]http://www.nzpam.govt.nz/cms/about-nzpam/news/publications/petroleum-and-minerals-report-2013.pdf (2)www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/business/business-growth-agenda/regions/documents-image-library/rear-2014/Regional%20Economic%20Activity%20Report%202014%20Part%202.pdf) (3) http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/64958753/Barrels-of-woe-for-Taranaki-oil-industry (4) http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/274583/drop-in-mining-royalties (5)Nearly one in four Taranaki kids doing it tough" - 18 July 2015 (6) Taranaki unemployment rates grow to 7.3%" - 6 August 2015
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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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  • 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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  • HAVE YOUR SAY ON DEEP SEA OIL
    We should all have the right to have our say on deep sea oil in our country's waters. Deep sea oil could have a massive impact on huge stretches of our coastline and how New Zealand is viewed as a whole. We should have the right to make submissions, have hearings before a independent boards of inquiry, and the right to cross-examine oil companies. Making exploratory drilling for oil and gas a publicly notifiable activity will increase the cost for oil companies and is a positive step towards stopping deep sea oil in New Zealand. 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 need to take real climate action now and say NO to deep sea oil drilling and making exploratory drilling publicly notifiable is a positive step in the right direction.
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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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  • Provide full funding for professional surf lifesaving services at Raglan this summer
    Every summer, the highly trained professional surf lifeguards save and warn thousands of people. These are kiwis and tourists who could otherwise drown on our shores. Raglan has already seen a tragic drowning in the past weeks. We can't allow more to happen during the peak of summer due to the withholding of support from the very body which is responsible for providing community facilities & services. Ask anyone who has lifeguarded at these beaches and they'll give you stories about intense experiences, where their skills and training were the only difference between life & death for some lucky swimmer. Or review any episode of 'Piha Rescue' to see some of these amazing moments close-up. Surf Lifesaving is becoming recognised as Aotearoa's 4th emergency service, with the professionalism, expertise and dedication you'd expect from any paramedic or firefighter. Our society accepts the need to resource other emergency services and surf lifesaving deserves the same. We cannot ask the voluntary surf lifesavers to fill the gaps where professional services are no longer provided. The volunteers all have other work/study commitments on top of the weekends that they give up to safeguard people at our beaches. It's time for our local government representatives to accept that funding for professional surf lifesaving services is essential, not optional. Lives are on the line. Read an article here: http://www.raglan.net.nz/2015/12/beach-patrols-face-cuts-this-summer/
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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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  • 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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