• Bring Back Spud Monday
    "Spud Monday" was a public holiday, peculiar to Nelson that was held every year on the first Monday of August. According to legend the holiday commemorates the first Nelson settlers who became so close to starvation they were forced to dig up and eat the seed potatoes they had just planted. It was also a day on which to plant potatoes. The holiday was abolished some time around World War II. As part of the celebrations all shops and businesses closed. People would also mark the occasion by playing special sports matches, walking the Dun mountain trail and of course, planting spuds. This holiday would present a great opportunity to encourage Nelsonians to remember their heritage, gain interest in their local history and get out and about. It would also allow a public holiday to be held at a time of year when there are currently none. What Thanksgiving is to America, this should be to Nelson. Let it take back its rightful place in the hearts and minds of all Nelsonians!
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  • Get NZ back in the clean energy race. This petition is to upgrade NZ’s renewable energy goal to 100%
    New Zealand's net emissions of greenhouse gases climbed 42 percent between 1990 and 2013, driven by a rise of almost a third from the energy sector. While the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions are increasing, globally many nations and more than 50 cities including Sydney, Vancouver, San Francisco and San Diego have announced they are aiming for 100 percent renewable energy by 2020, others by 2035. New Zealand is supposed to be one of the cleanest, greenest nations in the world and to make this a reality we need to move away from our dependance on fossil fuels as an energy source. As a country, we need to tell the government that 90 percent isn’t good enough. Kiwis pride themselves on giving 100 percent, so why should our approach to the impact of climate change on our country be any different?
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  • Lower motorcycle licences
    Motorcycle licences should not be unfair and punitive against motorcyclists. New Zealand and particularly Auckland has a huge congestion and parking problem and motorbikes are a good alternative for commuting.
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    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. We have already requested the Rangitikei District Council consider a chemical free alternative, however they've declined, based on their own report that failed to look at the proven 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) Help us make public areas in our Rangitikei towns 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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  • Increase Immediate and Long-term NZ Aid to Nepal
    Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, but the country has been making progress towards increasing human rights adherence and democracy - for example, in 2005 the decades-long Civil War ended with a diplomatic agreement between the Communist Party and the monarchy, and in 2008 the monarchy was abolished, the Haliya system of enforced labour was outlawed, and a multiparty representative democracy established. Unless Nepal receives fast, effective and unconditional aid, the effects of the earthquake will likely reverse the progress towards a happier and more equitable society that's been made so far there, will almost certainly increase poverty and inequality. An article in the Bloomberg Times today reported that Nepal's economy is "set for freefall without global help": The problem of bad infrastructure and poor logistics is now coming home to roost,” [RajirishI Singhal] said. “You’re looking at lower incomes, lower revenue, high inflation, loss of imports. It’s going to be a terrible year for them.” Additionally, 10% of Nepal's power generation capacity was knocked out by a large landslide last year. As of four hours ago, Nepal has received 3.3million US$ from China, US$210,000 from Japan, US$100,000 from Singapore, 5 million pounds from the UK, $5 million Canadian dollars, $1 million from the US, AU$5 million, 3 million Euros from the EU, and 1 million from NZ. This might seem like a lot, but to help Canterbury's 560,700 residents, NZ received around $7.5 million of foreign aid immediately after the Christchurch Earthquake. 28 million people live in Nepal. Over 3300 are dead so far by the earthquake and over 6000 are injured or missing. UNICEF claims that around 1 million children are "severely affected" by the earthquake. In May 2011 Gerry Brownlee was announced that the government aimed to spend about $8.8 billion "over the next few years" to rebuild Canterbury, and $25.5 million in funding was allocated to CERA. (http://cera.govt.nz/news/budget-funds-new-earthquake-recovery-authority-19-may-2011). Nonetheless ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie claimed in 2013 that the NZ economy could take 50 to 100 years to fully recover from the economic effects of the earthquake and especially raised insurance premimums. (http://www.3news.co.nz/business/investing-in-christchurch-doesnt-stack-up-2013043009) NZ can EASILY do more to help Nepal respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and to rebuild in the coming months and years. (Photo from the NZ Nepal Society website).
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  • Ban Plastic Bags in NZ
    How this issue affects you, your children, our country, and our oceans world-wide: Plastic bags impact our irreplaceable environment here in New Zealand when they are produced, when they are disposed to landfill, and especially when they are littered. Once littered, plastic bags can find their way onto our streets and parks and into our waterways. They are a large portion of the litter in our streams and can take a lifetime to fully break down. Once in the environment, plastic bags are often ingested by animals, clogging their insides which results in sickness or death, a horrible truth that is easily preventable. Other animals or birds become entangled in plastic bags and drown or can’t fly as a result. Our Ministry for the Environment also say that plastic bags exacerbate flood events when they clog pipes and block drains (1). ] Not only does unregulated and uncurbed plastic bag use harm our environment it also harms our Clean Green NZ brand which is estimated to earn us around $20 billion a year (2). New Zealand is already lagging behind many countries/places who have already Banned Plastic bags: California, Portland, Mexico City, Dehli, Mumbai, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Sydneys Oyster Bay for example (3). Plastic bags also contain many toxins and chemicals including BPA which has direct links to cancer. They are made from oil – each bag uses about the same amount that would drive a car 115 metres (4). Now, I know that by now you are probably horrified by the impact that these unrecyclable, toxic, animal­-trapping objects are having, but, here is a fun­-fact to tip you over the edge and get you signing and sharing this people powered petition! “The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.” (5) That is a lot of unneeded waste isn’t it? So all of you tidy Kiwis and eco friendly people lets put New Zealand on the map as a leader in this worldwide movement! BAN THE BAG! 1) http://www.mfe.govt.nz/waste/types­waste/plasticbags 2) http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/8023412/100­Pure­Fantasy­Living­up­to­our­brand 3) http://people.howstuffworks.com/how­many­cities­have­a­ban­on­plastic­bags.htm 4) http://plasticshoppingbagfree.org.nz/facts­and­figures). 5) http://www.mfe.govt.nz/waste/types­waste/plastic­bags
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  • 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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  • Save Graham's Bush
    Individuals, like Graham, who have been protecting the bush for years (and were paid subsidies by city councils to do this) are now finding out that their land is to be forceably taken from them, and their precious bush destroyed. The proposed route will bisect the water catchment that feeds Totara Park. There is already evidence that existing roading has damaged gullies of native bush in the area - this proposal would have a much greater negative impact. Grahams Bush is one of many on the proposed highway route. It has a number of significant trees and it is a site of ecological importance. Graham unfortunately died trying to save this bush last year during this fight. We want to honour his legacy and are are tired of Auckland Transport saying this is the 'cheapest' route. We say it is the most expensive - ecologically expensive and ridiculously planned in a way that makes no sense in the 21st century. Sign our petition to send a message that says NO to the proposed route and YES to being heard. If you want to read some ideas on alternatives please visit the site of GenZero or Auckland Transport Bloggers - they have suggested some excellent alternatives to fix Auckland's Transport Problems and for a lot less cost! For example: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1503/S00036/launch-of-essential-transport-budget-generation-zero.htm
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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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  • STOP Plastic Pollution from Aquaculture rope offcuts
    Plastic rope offcuts from the Aquaculture Industry are polluting the Firth of Thames. Our beaches are littered with rope offcuts that keep breaking down but without ever biodegrading. NEVER EVER. Eventually they end up in the food chain. This practice of discarding rope offcuts off barges by the aquaculture industry claiming to be sustainable is unacceptable. Plastic is a material our Earth cannot digest - it simply accumulates in our environment. The offcuts we find all along our beaches are merely the tip of the iceberg. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book 2014 lists plastic debris in the ocean as one of the top ten emerging environmental issues, pointing not only to the environmental impacts associated with plastic’s persistence in the marine environment, but also to impacts on fishing and tourism. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) more than 1 million sea birds and 100.000 mammals are killed by plastic pollution each year. Chemical-laden plastic fills the stomachs of fish, birds and mammals. Plastic such as that used in ropes can contain Bisphenol A (BpA) and related chemicals. Already, most of us have detectable levels of BpA in our urine. BpA and phthalates are know to change hormone levels and cause birth defects.
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