• Ban all Disposable Plastics in New Zealand
    More than 25,000kg of plastic waste is littered in New Zealand DAILY. 100,000 animals die every year after ingesting or becoming entangled in disposable plastic bags, in which have a devastating impact on marine animals such as whales, seals, sea birds, turtles and not to mention the coastline life such as mussels. Every year 8 -13 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans. It's equal to five grocery bags per every foot of coastline around the globe. The even worse news is that the tonnage is on target to increase tenfold in the next decade. In one incident in New Zealand a Turtle was found to have 224 bits of plastic in its stomach. At least 44 per cent of marine bird species are known to eat plastic, and too a sperm whale calf found dead in the Aegean Sea contained all kinds of rubbish, including 100 plastic bags. Every piece of plastic ever produced is still on the planet in one form or another, unless incinerated and every single person on the planet today will consume 136kgs of single use plastic in this year alone! Dianna Cohen, from the US-based Plastic Pollution Coalition, is supporting Waiheke Island's BYO Bag initiative, which aims to make the island plastic bag free. She says some of these chemicals, including bisphenol A (BPA) and hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates, have been linked to cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's, autism, and a number of sexual problems like lower sexual functioning, sterility and infertility in humans. The National Green Tribunal of India passed legislation, effective beginning of 2017, to prohibit use of all disposable plastics. So I ask you, in a Country so rich with resources and options, why we are not in the forefront of change, especially with the abundance of sea and animal life that thrive in our coastlines and in our rich and dense landscapes? New Zealand is known across the world for such scenery, and phenomenal beaches, but if we remain in an ever expanding population and a contributor to the never ending cycle and production of waste product then we are doing a disservice to our environment, our animal life and our futures. *Economic data from 192 coastal countries bordering the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans in addition to the Black and Mediterranean Seas. They found that these countries created 275 million tons of garbage annually, of which 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic flowed into the oceans Ocean plastic has turned up literally everywhere. It has been found in the deep sea and buried in Arctic ice. It has been ingested with dire consequences by some 700 species of marine wildlife.* This isn't just a matter of National urgency, or an animals welfare, but a global effort. Success is the sum of small efforts, there are voices asking to be heard and there are already other petitions to ban plastic bags; https://www.toko.org.nz/petitions/ban-plastic-bags-in-nz I ask you to please sign, please share and to support this change to support the economic prosperity of New Zealand's tomorrow.
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  • Stop Child Labour
    According to The World Counts statistics, there are more than 200 million children involved in the child labour industry, where they are exposed to violence and psychologically traumatic environments. Seventy-three million of these children, are under the age of 10. We are a group of passionate year 13 students from the North Shore, who are taking a stand against child labour. We strongly believe that all children have the right to education, and to not be exposed to dangerous work conditions especially in the cocoa farming industry. As a fundamental consumer, we should have the right to know where the cocoa is sourced in products such as KitKat. This recommendation will ensure companies to clearly develop their products in order to meet the required standards and gain the Fair Trade mark, making sure that all children are free, safe and happy.
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  • Pass legislation that requires palm oil to have ONE name (PALM OIL).
    Everyone deserves to know if the product they are consuming or using contains palm oil. Palm oil is impacting our environment/climate/animals/human health and safety: causing deforestation; habitat degradation; climate change; animal cruelty; indigenous rights abuse and people have been found to be allergic to palm oil. WE deserve to ask for choice.
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  • Save our regional NZ rail
    Rail is important to reduce residential suburban community public health & safety issues. Residential suburban communities located close to truck routes all over N.Z. especially in export producing regions, and large cities, are now in peril according to latest (WHO) World Health studies. These residential communities near heavy road traffic routes, have been linked heart disease and many other medical damages to the increasing exposure to heavy freight truck noise, vibration, & air quality degradation from truck tyre/diesel particulate pollution. One truck produces 100 times more than one car in air pollution. Source – several studies including U.S. & N.Z. studies. (NIWA) Recent UK studies have concluded that those communities living within 300 metres of busy roads will suffer increased cases of dementia. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/04/living-near-heavy-traffic-increases-dementia-risk-say-scientists. (Quote) Previously, scientists have linked air pollution and traffic noise to reduced density of white matter (the brain’s connective tissue) and lower cognition. A recent study suggested that magnetic nano-particles from air pollution can make their way into brain tissue. The latest study, published in The Lancet, found that those who live closest to major traffic arteries were up to 12% more likely to be diagnosed with dementia – a small but significant increase in risk. These public health damages to residential communities has also been confirmed by several other studies including a large N.Z. study produced in 2004 by the N.Z. Ministry of Transport showing 980 early deaths annually in N.Z. is attributed to vehicle air pollution alone. This heavy traffic noise, vibration & pollution exposure to residential communities near truck routes, coupled with cyclists deaths caused by trucks must all be mitigated, and a N.Z. Rail Strategy must be produced to combat these premature deaths increasing due to our failing current Land Transport road freight policy. Pollution Residential bad planning pollution hotspot. For example Napier has now the N.Z. dubious title as among the largest volume of truck freight movements through a 12,000 populated residential community. All 12 000 residents live within 300 meters of the busy truck route called H.B. Expressway. With a daily average of almost 2 000 trucks a day. Along with 23 000 other vehicles. Also within 300 meters two residential city traffic corridors are situated. Kennedy Road & Taradale Road who have a combined total of another 50 000 vehicles a day. This residential pollution hot spot produced by bad planning, has generated a total of over 80 000 vehicles a day in a 300 meter radius. Now this is a public health crisis, that was highlighted in a year long (PCE) study in 2003. The report entitled “H.B. Expressway noise & air Quality issues 2004” is a report generated by the (PCE) Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and amongst the 9 recommendations can be mitigated by a movement back to rail freight. Gisborne also as similar residential communities exposed to 24/7 truck traffic pollution issues due to reliance on road based heavy haulage rather than rail freight from inland port facilities not established. If the rail was re-established we see the health benefits are complimentary to providing safer roads for other users and cheaper freight for our export producers. Please PM Bill English restore our regional rail freight & passenger/tourism service for the health and safety of our communities.
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  • Stop funding the Wairarapa dams and other irrigation schemes: Greater Wellington Regional Council
    Wairarapa means ‘glistening waters’ and is home to many beautiful rivers, lakes, streams, plants, and animals. These waters are not what they once were and are under further threat from an extreme plan to build think-big irrigation dams to drive more industrial farming. These schemes invariably create wealth for a small proportion of a region at the cost of the majority - our tax money funding pollution. This proposal to build two dams, one on Black Creek and one on Wakamoekau and to also take water from the Waiawanawanga for irrigation is being led by the Wairarapa Dam company and subsidised by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC). Much of the water from these dams will be used to grow more grass for more dairy cows. The company predicts if they build the dams, land currently in dairy will double to over 13,000 ha. (1). It's not about hating dairy cows or their owners. More cows simply means more effluent finding its way to our water. This includes nitrogen-rich urine which leaches down through the soil and gets into waterways causing damaging algal blooms. Thus, pollution from more cows cannot be mitigated away by fencing or planting. Like many of our waterways in NZ, the Ruamahanga river and several other rivers and streams in the area are already polluted. Some of them are already classified unswimmable. (2) GWRC Councillors have already thrown 3 million ratepayer dollars at this polluting irrigation scheme and they may put in even more (3). Council should be spending our money cleaning up rivers, not polluting them further by subsidising irrigation schemes. The first dam site that was scoped was the Mangatarere Valley and it was ditched after fierce resistance from local people and farmers. The GWRC and dam company should expect continued resistance if they carry on with their polluting plans. This multi-million dollar irrigation scheme is only going to be possible if local and central government continues to hand over millions of dollars of public money to subsidise them. We call on Greater Wellington Regional to make the right decision for our freshwater and stop any further funding to the Wairarapa Dam company. Tiakina te wai! We want clean water! References BakerAG 2016 Water Wairarapa Future Land Use Scenarios. Report prepared by: Chris Lewis and Stefan Bryant GWRC, 2015 Is it safe to swim? Recreational water quality monitoring results for the 2014/15 summer http://www.gw.govt.nz/funding-for-wairarapa-water-project-study/
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  • Save Te Waikoropupū : Tasman District Councillors
    Te Waikoropupū (Pupū) springs in Golden bay has some of the clearest waters ever measured on earth. And right now they are under threat from an extreme proposal to take water from the rivers that feed the springs and use it to water grass for more dairy cows. More cows would mean more pollution in these pristine springs. If accepted the proposal would allow the springs to lose at least 20% of their world renowned clarity. It would also allow the level of nitrate pollution go above what National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has recommended is the safe upper limit. (1)(2) The springs are of immense cultural, ecological and spiritual importance to New Zealanders and are also visited by tens of thousands of tourists every year. They are Wahi Tapu (sacred place) for local iwi. But in the coming months, Tasman District Councillors could accept this drastic proposal from a group called FLAG - the Takaka Freshwater Land and Advisory Group. This would be a disaster for the springs, for New Zealanders and for the local economy that depends on tourism. Our international reputation and one of our cherished places of unique natural beauty destroyed forever. These councillors have a choice to make. They can either protect the springs, or they can choose more dairy cows. We the undersigned call on them to protect and safeguard this national and international treasure for current and future generations. (1)http://www.tasman.govt.nz/document/serve/Summary%20of%20Takaka%20FLAG%20process%20and%20interim%20decisions%20-16%20Dec%202016%20v41.pdf?path=/EDMS/Public/Other/Environment/Water/WaterManagement/000000709026. (2)http://www.tasman.govt.nz/document/serve/RM130269_HearingDocument6_FriendsGB1.pdf?path=/EDMS/Public/Other/Property/ResourceConsents/NotifiedResourceConsentApplications/Gunsboro/RM130269_Gunsboro_HearingDocuments/000000442707.
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  • Reduce Student Loan Repayment Requirements - 12% per dollar over threshold to 8%
    This is important because we still want to encourage repayments of student loans, without putting undue financial pressure on individuals and families who are doing their best to get ahead and provide for themselves and/or their families. It is a simple, but effective change which would relieve much of this pressure. It also encourages a healthier work ethic, as those who are working, only to have all income spent on the basic cost of living, generally do not possess the same drive as those who are meeting their living costs without the same struggle. Here's a quick video demonstrating income vs. expenses for an individual on a labour only contract, using blocks to keep it simple: https://youtu.be/AF3c0Q0FTXM Let's help our fellow kiwis get on top of their student loan repayments, and show them a bit of love for working so hard for our country, by reducing the percentage of income deducted from 12% to 8%.
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  • Truck Free Kaikoura
    While, of course, many trucks will still need to use the highway to make local deliveries along the route, this is a golden opportunity to encourage much of the large, long haul freight that does not stop along the way, off the highway and onto the most environmentally friendly modes of transport; firstly, coastal shipping and secondly, rail. This is not to promote a ban, rather it is to provide infrastructure that will promote and encourage a reduction in the some 550 daily truck trips currently required. Let's take this opportunity to create a world renowned Kaikoura Coastal Scenic Highway. Let’s reinstate the road through the Kaikoura District to include a safe cycle/walking lane separate from the Highway wherever possible and safely integrated with the highway around  the narrow, bluffy parts of the coast. Imagine the growth in prosperity for the whole region. Reinstate the rail for freight and a fantastic tourism experience with strategic stop-offs to compliment the cycle/walkway. 1. Honour our international obligations to reduce carbon emissions. 2. ‘Future proof’ the freight transport network against further disruptive events. 3. Create a much safer highway for all users. 4. Minimize highway repairs. 5. Create a quieter, more relaxed and people friendly Kaikoura Township for both locals and tourists to enjoy. 6. A safe cycle/walkway through the region will increase tourism opportunities and SH1 will become a world renowned tourist highway.
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  • Make Mount Maunganui ocean pool a reality
    It's a beautiful feature that will form a wonderful place to swim and relax. Similar style to the natural pools in Sydney it will create a safe, calm space to swim and relax, protected from the waves.
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  • Fully fund GPS tracker equipment for Alzheimer's and dementia patients
    Why should our family, neighbours and communties be at risk of loosing the ones we love permantley when it is 2017 and we have the resources to control this issue. The price of a GPS system and session teaching the family./ client on how to use compared to the cost of a search party and emotional toll this takes does not even compare.
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  • Give Te Puke back its town!
    Traffic is being forced to use the Tauranga Eastern Link toll route, instead of flowing through our town. Retailers report drops of up to 30% of business since this work began. The loss of prominent car parks mean potential shoppers are now bypassing our shopping community. This disruption will force the end of Te Puke businesses. The above two bodies drew up a proposal of changes which their planners thought would be good for the community. Because NZTA were in a hurry to dispose of this stretch of road, and wanted traffic to repay the cost of building the TEL by using the toll route, a very quick, biased consultation was carried out, where residents were forced to agree with these plans. There was very limited opportunity for consultation. The plans were made available only in WBOPDC offices, [30km away], or in Te Puke library, [which only a minority of the townsfolk frequented.] In the past people would drive through Te Puke, and stop to shop, either because it was their preferred place to shop, or because it provided a welcome break to their journey. Te Puke has always been a worthwhile community to live and shop in. With the removal of car parks, the single lane through the town [which previously was two], the removal of the grass strips between the Puriri trees, this no longer applies. In fact, several businesses have either closed down, or have indicated that loss of income will force this, Emergency vehicles are now caught up in the congested traffic, where previously they could move through as vehicles were able to pull into the inside lane. The unnecessary, - even unwelcome addition of two extra pedestrian crossings along the 300 metres of thoroughfare will further restricts traffic flow, causing congestion in many cases far outside of the township. Before this damage was done, pedestrians were able to freely cross through the traffic and walk over the grass strip - or they had the choice of walking down to the existing, central pedestrian crossing. The removal of the easily maintained grass strip for a cockroach infested bark covered flower bed is stupid. By signing this petition you will be encouraging these bodies to realize that if it awns't broken,it didn't need fixing.
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  • Hawea Stand For Pure Water
    We love our pure water and want to keep it.
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