• 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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  • Take a stand against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
    Shouldn't really have to say why this is important but I believe those we put in the public eye should be good role models. I believe it is everyone's responsibility, including private companies and especially media outlets, to denounce violence and sexual abuse of women, it being especially the responsibility of men to decry violence against women.
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  • Halt seismic testing of Taranaki moana
    Mass public opposition inspired the courage and mandate for our government to declare a nuclear free Aotearoa/New Zealand. We stopped nuclear warships despite huge odds, and declared our nation Nuclear Free, it’s now time to stop the Amazon Warrior. Now it is time to declare Aotearoa Seas Oil Free. We, the people of the lands and seas of the West Coast, invite all of our relations, along with everyone in Aotearoa and across the globe who care about our oceans, and our future to sign in support. Join us, he mokopuna o Te Kāhui Mounga, Te Kāhui Rere, Te Kāhui Tara Te Kāhui o Rauru Te Korowai o Ngaaruahine Te Kotahitanga o Te Ati Awa Poutama Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki Taranaki Māori Womens Network Ngatiawa ki Taranaki Trust Manukorihi Hapu Inc. Society Te Hapū o Waipapa Marae Ngaa Ariki Friends of the Waitara River Te Kāhui o Taranaki Taipakee Marae Ngaaruahine Iwi Authority Te Ahuru Marae Waiopapa Marae Ngāti Rakei o Kamate Ngāti Wai Te Kawau
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  • Waitakere ranges
    The manufactures of this chemical will not admit to its possible carcingenic impact on humans, flora and fauna. Why risk our long term future health for the sake of Monsantos multi billion dollar short term revenue gain.
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  • Reduce plastic in Whangarei
    1. Plastic comes from fossil fuels which need to be left in the ground. 2. Plastic never ever degrades and becomes a permanent blight in our natural environment, particularly our waterways and oceans. Plastic is destroying our aquatic ecosystems. We've lived without plastic products before, and we can live quite happily without them again.
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  • Negotiate a Green / National Coalition Government
    New Zealanders are concerned about protecting our natural environment, no matter what our political stripe. Following the 2017 election, it is critical that The Green Party enter into serious negotiations with *all* potential coalition partners to add a voice for the environment to whatever government forms. This includes National. We recognise that Green Party social and economic policies differ significantly from National, but ask that the Green Party negotiate with National on environmental matters where agreement is clearly possible. Green Voters: Please sign this petition if you are an existing Green supporter or voter that wants the party to prioritise the opportunity to make a positive, lasting difference for the environment over other policies. Please sign if you will support the party through this, knowing that sometimes it's not possible to meet all policy objectives at the same time. Non-Green Voters: Please sign this petition if you would vote for a Green Party that shows it can work with governments of all stripes to achieve positive environmental outcomes. Everyone: Please sign this petition whether you want the Green Party to move permanently to the centre or simply to give a Green / National coalition a one-time shot. Our message is that political parties do not exist merely to perpetuate themselves but sometimes have to put everything on the line to make a critical difference. The Green Party received 126,995 votes (pending specials) - let's beat that!
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  • Close the Ranges to Save the Waitakere Kauri
    The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Forest & Bird stand with Te Kawerau a Maki in calling for a rāhui and closure of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in response to the monitoring figures from Auckland Council’s latest survey of kauri dieback infection. The results from the Waitakere Ranges have confirmed their worst fears about the spread of kauri dieback. While the average number of trees infected across the entire Waitakere Ranges may be 19% (more than doubled from 8% 5 years ago) the infection in areas where kauri dominates is actually affecting between 33% and 58% of trees. The Council's recent monitoring report states that local extinction of kauri in areas like Piha, where the infection is worst, is highly likely within 5 years unless urgent and drastic action is taken now. Extinction of kauri across the entire Waitakere Ranges is possible within a generation. It is clear the infection is being spread mainly by people, rather than wild animals, as the majority of the infection (more than 70%) is along the track network and worst in the areas with heaviest foot traffic. Compliance by people with phytosanitary measures to scrub and spray shoes, dog feet, tyres and equipment is below 20% and falling. Auckland Council’s own report states that by continuing to allow recreational use to knowingly spread this Unwanted Organism to uninfected areas the Council is breaching the Biosecurity Act. The priorities for action are: 1) Close tracks in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park until the following actions are implemented. This includes closing the Hillary Trail, which is the major source of infection. Tracks with infected kauri can be reopened once protective measures 4 and 5 are fully implemented on those tracks; 2) Close all tracks to healthy kauri immediately and permanently, or until new knowledge tells us it is safe to reopen them; 3) Apply enforcement measures to people using closed tracks and publicise these to make an example of those putting healthy kauri at risk; 4) Accelerate the programme of building boardwalks and “dry” tracks to get people’s feet off kauri roots on tracks; 5) Implement improved cleaning station design to make avoidance difficult and staff cleaning stations to educate track users about the importance of hygiene measures; 6) Stop events like the Hillary Trail Marathon taking place on tracks with kauri and move to locations without these precious trees; 7) Implement a programme of phosphite treatment on public land to keep individual trees alive.
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  • Save the bees! Stop selling bee-harming pesticides!
    Bees and other pollinators are facing a raft of challenges right now, including pests, diseases and loss of habitat, but they are also threatened by the widespread use of pesticides, including those containing neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are a family of neuro-active insecticides. Neonicotinoids have been found to do chronic damage to bees. Effects include; impaired sense of smell or memory, reduced fecundity, altered feeding behaviour, difficulty in flight, decreased ability to navigate to and from food sources. Neonicotinoids also disrupt bees' immune systems, making them susceptible to viral infections to which the bees are normally resistant. They have also been found to impact earthworms, birds and other beneficial insects. Other countries have already banned or suspended the use of neonicotinoid insecticides, and some retailers here (The Warehouse and Placemakers) have already stopped selling products containing these chemicals. But products containing them are still for sale in many garden centres, supermarkets and hardware stores around New Zealand. We would like for these retailers to agree to stop stocking these products and we think if enough gardeners agree, those other retailers might listen. I am not suggesting this would solve all the problems bees face. But I think there is no downside and a real upside to reducing our use of these chemicals. Plus it is something we can do now. And I for one don’t want to end up wishing we had done something sooner.
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