• Auckland Council make plastic bags a priority waste item to phase out
    For the sake of wildlife, our climate, our oceans and creeks, we urgently need to phase out plastic shopping bags now.The Council is consulting on the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. But the scope of the plan does not include a phase out of plastic shopping bags. Sign here to tell Council this is an top priority. In 2015 the Local Government Conference called on central Government to introduce a levy and phase out single use plastic bags. In 2017 Auckland mayor Phil Goff signed an open letter calling on the government to do the same, or enable Councils to charge their own levy. Currently Councils are unable to apply a levy to plastic bags. However, they can do many things, such as work in communities and with retailers to educate and support the phase out. It's time Council instructed staff to act on this urgently. 17,000 tonnes of soft plastics were sne tto landfill in 2016. Considering the light weight of plastic bags this is a huge number. Time to ban the bag.
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  • Make Waiheke Plastic Straw Free
    Straw Free Waiheke is committed to make Waiheke plastic straw free. We're already halfway there with 36 venues pledging to ditch plastic straws. But we need your help, and your voice, to achieve the dream of ridding our island paradise of plastic straws? Over 500,000 straws are being produced every day globally. Unfortunately, a vast majority of these straws end up in our streets and seas. In a year, it has been estimated that at least 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles are harmed when they entangle themselves in or ingest plastic pollution littered in our oceans.
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  • Stop the Tegel Chicken Farm in Kaipara
    The Tegel application documents can be found here in the update comment. It is a joint application to the KDC and the NRC Resource consent applications made to NRC include: the taking and use of groundwater, the diversion of surface water as a result of flood protection works the discharge of contaminants (mainly odour) to air earthworks for the development of the site and quarrying Application number - NRC APP.039494.01.01 Enquiries about NRC applications Stuart Savill Phone: 09 470 1101, free phone 0800 002 004 Email: stuarts@nrc.govt.nz
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  • Ban the Plastic Bag in the Far North!
    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 our sea waters 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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  • Increase patient access to Medicinal Cannabis
    Labour have acknowledged that cannabis is a medicine by proposing to amend the law so that terminally ill patients no longer risk going to jail for possession or use of medicinal cannabis. With this in mind, medicinal cannabis should be available for doctors and medical practitioners to prescribe as they would any other medicine. This includes for chronic pain such as migraines, degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, mental health issues such as stress and all cancer treatments, regardless of whether terminal or not, to name a few. The fact is, Labour are continuing National's precedent in denying New Zealanders our human right to access medicine. Currently, Labour's Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill does not go anywhere near far enough increasing access for those who need it. The Bill so far has the full support of the National Party and is not what the voting public had in mind when Labour campaigned on legalising medicinal cannabis. Now is the time to have YOUR say. Submissions to the Health Select Committee are now open until the 21st of March, and we encourage everyone who wants better access to medicinal cannabis for ALL sick New Zealanders to write a submission, regardless of length. With around 70-80% of Kiwis in favour of better access, please share this petition far and wide and encourage friends and family to also write a submission and engage in our democracy. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_75877/misuse-of-drugs-medicinal-cannabis-amendment-bill Proposed Bill wording: 'The Bill will introduce an exception and a statutory defence for terminally ill people to possess and use illicit cannabis and to possess a cannabis utensil.'
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  • Tell Air New Zealand to stop using single use plastics.
    The plastic problem in the environment and in the ocean is ever increasing. Recently on a short haul flight I was very upset and disappointed to see the amount of plastic that was used. I thought about the fact that this was just one flight, I thought about all the other flights that day and the day after and the amount of plastic those flight must produce. On that same flight I read an article in the Air NZ magazine talking about the good work they are doing to contribute to conservation and offset carbon. The amount of damage carbon emissions do is massive, so why not limit the amount of damage done in all other areas. I believe one way that Air NZ could really make a difference is to stop using so much plastic!! As a leading airline that represents New Zealand, bringing millions of people from all over the world to our shores, I believe they have a responsibility to set a good example and lead the movement to end single use plastics in this country. For example they could use biodegradable cups, filtered water served in metal jugs instead of using bottled water. Milk from a jug instead of small plastic throw away containers. Paper or biodegradable rubbish bags, there are many sustainable options available. Some of them made right here in Aotearoa. We should all be doing our bit to support local businesses and protect the environment. How about you, Air New Zealand - will you do the right thing? Will you make the move to a healthier and more sustainable Aotearoa for future generations?!
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  • Stop the POO-llution of Auckland’s urban waterways, beaches and coastal environment
    There is poo on our beaches! Auckland's waterways and beaches are seriously polluted by stormwater regularly contaminated by sewage, trade waste, heavy metals, toxins, chemicals, and oils thanks to years of inaction by the council, and fear of rate rises. We need urgent action so that New Zealanders can enjoy our urban waterways and beaches without fear of sickness or injury or swimming with poo and we protect our freshwater and marine organisms from pollution and destruction. We need action now, not in 10 years time. Give us back our beaches, estuaries, lagoons streams and rivers! This campaign is about raising peoples’ awareness of what is going on under our feet with inadequate infrastructure to cope with climate change and the massive intensification of Tamaki Makaurau, the Auckland region. So far there is almost a sole emphasis on rural areas and the problems intensive farming is causing to our rural waterways and lakes. This is really important. but so is the disgraceful state of many urban waterways and beaches where people are now regularly being told they cannot swim. These problems have been neglected and overlooked for too long. This is not the Aotearoa NZ we want our children to grow up in. We have to act now for our own planet's survival, our fresh water and marine life marine, and our children's futures. No more sewage or contaminated stormwater in our backyards and beach environments. We need to work together to clean this up - Māori, Pakeha, diverse communities, churches, community organisations, environmental groups, businesses, political parties, schools, and individuals. Awhina mai!
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  • Submission to the Te Waikoropupū Springs Water Conservation Order Tribunal
    Te Waikoropupū Springs are some of the clearest waters in the world but they are now under threat from intensive dairy farming. Increasing nitrate pollution and increased water extraction are major dangers to the Marble Arthur Aquifer which feeds Te Waikoropupū Springs. The local Iwi, Ngāti Tama, are seeking a Water Conservation Order (WCO) from the Government. A WCO is a bit like national park status for a water body. It will protect the Springs now and into future. The tribunal who will decide whether to grant protection are asking the public for submissions. The more of us who make a submission the more likely it is that the Springs will be protected. Note: the following is a condensed version of the Save Our Springs submission. The full submission is available on the Save Our Springs Te Waikoropupū Facebook page or from saveoursprings@yahoo.com SUBMISSION: I support the application made by Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Trust and Andrew Yuill for a Water Conservation Order (the Order) for Te Waikoropupū Springs and associated water bodies. I recommend that the Special Tribunal to the Minister for the Environment grant the order, as requested in the application. I ask that: Ngati Tama’s voice as Kaitiaki (guardian) of Te Waikoropupū be valued and respected; That the spiritual presence that manifests at Te Waikoropupū be afforded protection; That steps be urgently taken to reduce the nitrate pollution entering the aquifer as a result of intensive dairy farming; Steps be urgently taken to replenish the reducing levels of dissolved oxygen in the aquifer as a result of intensive dairy farming; Steps be taken to reduce the levels of silt washing into the aquifer following heavy rain as a result of intensive dairy farming; Steps be taken to reduce the length of the extended intensive dairy season which is causing faeces and nitrate to wash into the aquiver during the heavy autumn rains; I ask that urgent and practical steps be taken to reduce the size of intensive dairy herds; I ask that the amount of fertiliser used in the Takaka valley be reduced and regulated; That no further water rights be granted to intensive farmers; and after a 5 year period, all water rights be reduced; That intensive farmers be encouraged to follow the example of sustainable farmers who have reduced herd sizes, reduced fertiliser use, sown heritage grasses, farm without irrigation and yet are still able to make a healthy income; I ask that the tiny creatures and bugs (stygofauna) within the aquifer be fully protected. It is the stygofauna who clean the waters and create the crystal clear flow we see at Te Waikoropupū. Too much nitrate pollution and not enough dissolved oxygen will kill the stygofauna. I ask that this precious ecosystem be fully protected.
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  • Stop the Rakitu Brodifacoum Poison Drop
    To stop the dumping of poisons in our food chain and promote the ethical treatment of all animals, and the long-term health of our environment.
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  • SAVE FITZROY GOLF COURSE
    The New Plymouth District Council is proposing to cut the stunning coastal Fitzroy Golf Course and Public Recreational Reserve in half, reducing it to a 9-hole golf course and selling off 180 sections to develop private luxury housing. We need your help to stop this; please sign the petition to stay informed and let the Council know that you oppose these plans. There are many reasons to oppose the development of this protected public land: • The golf course is a huge asset to the local people of all New Plymouth. The land provides beautiful views for everyone and it is a social and recreational venue for all to enjoy, including visitors and tourists to the area - not just golfers. • The roads into and around Fitzroy are already narrow and often congested. To increase the population by such a large number will mean even busier roads and overcrowding throughout the Fitzroy suburb. • Many Fitzroy residents will be disrupted by such a long development and construction period, with large trucks on the roads, noise and dust from the subdivision earthworks and building construction. • Some local residents will have their views destroyed, and the view back toward the golf course from the coast and the iconic Te Rewa Rewa Bridge for everybody, locals and visitors alike, will be vastly different with this sprawling subdivision. • Fitzroy Golf Club members and 1000s more casual green fee players do not want to see their course reduced to a 9-hole. • The land is enjoyed by many now, to sell off the land to a wealthy few means taking that privilege away from the public, which would be contrary to why it was protected under the reserves act in the first place. • There are significant wetlands, coastal vegetation and wildlife living in the area that would be adversely affected. • Fitzroy Primary School and St John Bosco School will be impacted by increased roll demand, and will be challenged to provide the facilities as they are both at full capacity already. • Selling off this local gem is not only impacting this generation but also future generations. • Once an environmental/green and recreational asset is removed, it can never be replaced. Keep up to date with news and commentary on this issue here: https://www.facebook.com/SaveFitzroyGolfCourse/ And with Council meetings and the minutes here: http://www.newplymouthnz.com/Council/Meetings/Meetings
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  • Get AMP to pay out Andrew Porteous' life insurance
    AMP is refusing to pay out a terminally ill Auckland man's life insurance, despite having a legitimate claim that he was suffering from cancer whilst he was under cover. Andrew Porteous may have just weeks to live, which makes his battle a race against time to get AMP to pay. Andrew's insurance came as part of his job. The problem is he had just finished work (and subsequently Andrew’s workplace policy ended), when he was diagnosed with a rare terminal cancer. Fortunately AMP had a clause in their policy specifically allowing for claims where the terminal illness occurred prior to cessation of employment. His lawyers advise that this clause applies irrespective of when the formal diagnosis of the condition occurred. Nonetheless AMP are refusing to pay out under this clause. Please sign the petition to get AMP to pay out Andrew Porteous’ life insurance.
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  • Stop chocolate corporations from funding this environmental crisis
    Chocolate companies are funding an environmental crisis in West Africa by buying illegally-grown cocoa beans from the area, a new investigation has revealed. Mondelez, which owns Cadbury, and Ferrero -- makers of Kinder Surprise -- have been sourcing beans that come from protected areas and national parks in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, driving rainforest destruction for cocoa production. If this goes on, in just 13 years there will be almost no rainforest left at all. And the crisis is having a huge impact on local wildlife too -- chimpanzees are being from their habitats, and while the country was once home to tens of thousands of elephants, there are now just a few hundred left. Chocolate companies will announce their response to this crisis at the Bonn Climate Conference in just two weeks. They're still deciding what to say, so now's the time to pressure them to take serious action -- before it’s too late. Tell Whittakers, Tip Top and Donovan's to commit to no new deforestation for cocoa worldwide. As much as 40% of the world’s cocoa comes from Cote d’Ivoire, while half of the world’s supply is controlled by just three companies -- Cargill, Olam and Barry Callebaut. Cocoa illegally grown in protected areas and national parks makes its way to these traders through middlemen, who then pass it on to companies like Cadbury, Whittakers, Tip Top and Donovan's to make it into our favourite treats. Every company in the supply chain is aware of this. They simply care more about their profits than the exploitation on the ground -- and the only way we can stop the cycle is to stop demand from chocolate manufacturers. There’s no doubt as to the responsibility of cocoa for the colossal environmental damage. “The ancient forests of our nation, once a paradise for wildlife like chimpanzees, leopards, hippopotamus, and elephants, have been degraded and deforested to the point that they’re almost entirely gone”, says Kouamé Soulago Fernand, General Secretary of ROSCIDET, a network of Ivorian NGOs. “This deforestation is due principally to the cultivation of cocoa.” The figures couldn’t be more worrying -- Cote d’Ivoire has seen its rainforest cover reduced by more than 85% since 1990, while some protected areas have seen as much as 90% of land turned over to cocoa production. The slash-and-burn deforestation will have devastating effects for the future of the region, with the loss of trees contributing to more hot, parched seasons. That’s why we need to act fast -- and stop the demand for illegal cocoa. If we all come together now, we can do the same for cocoa too. Tell Cadbury, Whittakers, Tip Top and Donovan's -- commit to a plan of no new deforestation for cocoa worldwide.
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