Photographs of 1910 show that Deep Creek was a beautiful lagoon of at least 4m deep at high tide. Today it is cluttered with mangroves and mud, smells badly with rotting seaweed debris. The creek exits onto the very popular Waiake Beach, Torbay.(Waiake meant "Healing waters") and flows beside a pleasant beach park. A waterfall lies hidden at its headwaters.
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  • Save the Paturoa Kauri
    At a time when our forest is losing Kauri trees to Kauri dieback disease, we need to do all we can to save the healthy trees to protect this endemic species. I am not anti-development, however, the developer could move the intended building and protect these trees. The RMA was never designed to allow developers to be able to destroy trees that have significant ecological value. The RMA legislation has loopholes that will destroy our forests if change does not happen.
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  • Save Aucklands Harbour
    What has been proposed will mean the progressive destruction of the remaining beauty of Auckland Harbour for all future generations. There will be no going back. It is unthinkable that we continue to "pave paradise and put up a parking lot"!
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  • Earth Friends
    Right now we do not have a critical mass to make change for our planet. If we can bring awareness to our youth as well as our adults in a way that is non-threatening, I feel, change can occur. An animated movie has the ability to reach millions of people to help educate the masses. We need a "Blackfish" effect to make change on how we treat this planet. Earth Friends can be that stepping stone. By signing this, you are becoming a part of the critical mass for change Earth Friends is a gentle yet wondrous story that tells the tale of Cara, a disillusioned and somewhat lonely child. Finding no one to play with, one day Cara is visited by a special friend.The Wind tells Cara to go outside and here she will meet all the friends she desires, friends for life. In a series of imaginative adventures Cara learns about our planet, our heritage and the true meaning of friendship.
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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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  • Freedom Camping rental levy
    Most of the rental vehicles used by tourists do not have toilet facilities. Those that do are often dumped inappropriately. The rental companies are profiting greatly and take no responsibility for the problem. The tourists are our guests so it is right for the facilities to be provided. Approx 1.7million nights per annum are spent in rental vehicles/campers. All I ask is that the companies which profit, collect the levy and pass it on to DOC or a suitable organisation. The facilities will create employment and enhance the experience of NZ for all visitors.
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  • Establishing a feed-in tariff for electricity
    This would give more certainty to those planning p/v installations, would encourage people to install such panels, increase our non-fossil fuel power generation, increase the grid resilience with power fed in at many points, enable hydro storage to be saved during sunshine hours, encourage businesses manufacturing and installing such systems, and help reduce our addiction to fossil energy. A number of other countries have legislated such a tariff.
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  • End anonymous campaign donations in New Zealand politics
    In order to have a transparent and trustworthy government, the public need to know who is putting money into their pockets, and with what motives. It's time for us to band together and demand an end to anonymous campaign donations in New Zealand. Openness and clarity is needed in these modern times of dirty politics and back-room dealings. As a great man once said: The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. - John F. Kennedy
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  • Total ban on the sale of fireworks in New Zealand
    The safety of our children is paramount and yet year after year around early November we hear of horrendous accidents with children, animals and peoples property due to miss use of fireworks. Why do we continue to celebrate an overseas anniversary that turned into a disaster in the end. Furthermore, the animal Injuries and distress caused around this time is significant and totally unnecessary. IT NEEDS TO STOP NOW. IT HAS GONE ON FAR TOO LONG
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  • Make the 10th July a public holiday
    The 10th of July should be made a New Zealand public holiday because on the 10th July 1985 French secret agents, posing as interested supporters or tourists toured the Rainbow Warrior. Later they planted a bomb on the hull of the ship. When the bomb detonated it sank the boat and killed crewmember Fernando Pereira. This tragic event was the spark that ignited the anti Nuclear movement in New Zealand and helped to define a great part of the New Zealand identity. The sinking of the Rainbow warrior is as much a part of New Zealand's great history as is the Queen's (official) birthday. We should use this year, the 30th anniversary of that fateful day, to remember and to set into law the 30th of July as a public holiday.
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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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  • Don't send our troops to Iraq
    For more than 30 years (1) NZ has been fighting fire with fire. We keep sending troops to fight in the Middle East and it has only succeeded in bringing more death and destruction, not only to the innocent people in those countries, but more recently, to our friends and families closer to home. A 2008 report (2) found that only 8% of terrorist groups, since 1968, have ended their activities as a result of military force. In fact, more terrorist groups ended due to completing their goals (10%) than as a result of military force! So the question is, what are we hoping to achieve by sending Kiwi troops to Iraq and Syria? So far all we’ve heard is that joining the fight is the “price of the club” (3). In the 1980s, allowing United States ships to dock in our country was also the ‘price of the club’. But then we stood up. New Zealanders decided to be nuclear free despite our obligations under the ANZUS treaty (4). We knew nuclear weapons made the world a more dangerous place and we took action. As a New Zealander, I am proud of what we did then and throughout our history we have always been a nation that has done what is right. I believe that we need to continue this trend. Parliament will be debating sending troops to Iraq soon. We need to stand up and say "no more fighting". We need to let our government know that we are done supporting wars which make this world a more dangerous place to live in. We need to let them know that we do not support sending our troops to Iraq. (1) Tucker, S. C. (2010). The Encyclopedia of Middle East Wars: The United States in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts. ABC CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA. (2) Rand Corporation (2008). How terrorist groups end: Lessons for Countering al Qa’ida. Retrieved from http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2008/RAND_MG741-1.pdf. (3) NZ Herald (2015). Prime Minister John Key: Isis fight 'price of the club'. Retrieved from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11389202. (4) New Zealand bans nuclear material (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANZUS#New_Zealand_bans_nuclear_material.
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