• 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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  • Stop mining in Canvastown
    We are responsible for the care and protection of our environment, we are responsible for the 'flowing of the waters that sustain the land, as vitality for mankind, as a food basket for the people, as life itself is associated with all freshwater bodies and the food sources that are sustained by those waters'. Sign here now to protect our environment by saying 'NO' to gold mining by Elect mining at Canvastown Marlborough. Say 'No' to gold mining - our environment is worth more than revenue to be gathered, Say 'No' to gold mining - our environment is worth more than a 5 year term contract, Say 'No' to gold mining - our environment will be here for generations to come It is our duty to protect this environment for tomorrow's children. Say 'No' and protect your TURANGAWAEWAE - domicile, standing, place where one has the right to stand - place where one has rights of residence and belonging through kinship and whakapapa. THIS IS ELECT MINING'S PROPOSAL: Its original application, filed last year, proposed mining over a significantly larger area, up to 120 hectares straddling both sides of the highway, northwest of Blenheim. The revised application said the mining would progress in phases. A pit up to 16 metres deep would be dug, filling with water to allow a floating gold screen to be used. The pit would be back-filled as work progressed, allowing for the remediation of the land, which the application said would be returned to its pre-mining state. The application noted a number of remedial measures, including creating drainage channels to direct stormwater into holding ponds, to prevent sediment run-off into the rivers. March 30 2017: Stuff News: THERE IS NO REMEDIATION ONCE THIS IS DONE. - WE MUST SAY 'NO'
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  • Support Xenotransplantation in New Zealand
    New Zealand could become the world-leaders for this treatment but it requires more government funding for this to go ahead. An investment in this treatment will not only benefit thousands of people worldwide and have potential long term savings, but it will also offer thousands of high-skilled jobs for university graduates, and other New Zealanders who are keen to be part of the technology of the future. Tourists would be able to travel to New Zealand for this treatment, which would help our economy and increase profits for business owners. We ask David Cunliffe, Minister of Health to further the conversation with Parliament that would allow funding into Xenotransplantation to occur. If this were to happen, thousands of type 1 diabetics would live a safer life with more normal blood glucose levels, and not have to be worried about dying in their sleep due to hypoglycemia (lack of sugar). New Zealand's employment and economy would improve, and we would earn the reputation for being the world's leading country in transplantation. Help support the future of science and sign the petition today
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  • 支持新西兰华人父母团聚探亲类签证的请愿 Supporting Long-term Parent Visa
    “他肥胖的身子向左微倾,显出努力的样子。这时我看见他的背影,我的泪很快地流下来了。我赶紧拭干了泪,怕他看见,也怕别人看见。” 朱自清的《背影》,海外的游子们都深有感触。自从父母团聚移民被暂停关闭之后,一些年轻的移民家庭,就面临着与至亲分隔两地的困境。 不知道是哪里来的数据表明,亚裔移民的父母,占用了新西兰大量的社会资源和公共福利。所以,他们说父母团聚移民只给新西兰社会带来负担,没有贡献,所以应该被暂停。 家庭,是华人生活的核心。四世同堂的天伦之乐,是中国人津津乐道的一种幸福。父母是我们的核心家庭成员,不是可有可无的一部分。我们只是想让父母在我们身边呆得久一点,多陪陪他们说说话,带他们到处去走走看看。我们有能力也愿意负担父母的生活和养老开支。 家庭,是华人社会的根基。华人移民们辛勤工作,任劳任怨,承担起了新西兰社会中大量基础而重要的工作。然而,移民对新西兰社会做出的贡献,不仅仅是经济上的。华人移民也是新西兰多元文化社会的重要支柱。试想如果没有华人移民,新西兰人如何能享受到蓬勃发展的对华关系,各种中餐美食,春节和元宵灯会的欢声笑语,还有各地中国花园的美景。 当前的游客签证,一次最多只能让父母呆六个月的时间。这让很多华人家庭,无法在心理上满足家庭团聚的向往。如果能够让华人移民的父母在这里长期居住,又不给新西兰的福利体系带来额外的负担,不仅可以让华人家庭充满欢声笑语,让新西兰的多元文化有更为稳定的社会基础,还能给新西兰经济带来很大的消费力。何乐而不为呢? 更何况,加拿大、澳大利亚和美国,都有专门面向移民父母的长期探亲签证。新西兰不妨参考一下其他国家的操作,开放父母访问的长期签证。天维菌通过独家民意调查发现绝大多数华人都支持一下两种父母团聚方式。天维菌发起这个网上请愿,让更多人听到华人移民的心声。 一、重启父母团聚移民。重启父母团聚移民普通类签证,让父母获得新西兰的永久居民权,但在申请时需要提供已经购买的医疗保险和养老保险证明。居民权需要在购买保险的前提下生效,不享受退休金福利。 二、开放父母长期访问签证。有效期5-10年,多次往返,单次最长停留时间为1-2年。由其自己或子女负担父母在新西兰期间的生活和医疗等支出。 新西兰社会应该欢迎我们的父母,而不是他们视为负担和麻烦。让我们共同努力,为华人父母争取他们应有的权利。 It is undoubted that migrants made huge contribution to New Zealand society. They formed the root of our multiculturalism and diversity. Also, they have always played an essential part of business, cultural and political success in New Zealand. Thus, parents should be highly recognized for their contribution to the family and support to our endeavors. However, the Immigration Minister has announced a two-year halt of the Parent Resident Visa category, which has put many new migrants’ families into a difficult situation. Staying with family members, spending time with children and grandchildren is not only a dream of many Chinese parents, but a long last tradition shared by most Chinese families. But the current visitor visa only allows the parents to stay up to 9 months, which cannot meet the wish of parents to stay longer with their children. If the parents of Chinese migrants can stay in NZ for a longer period of time than the current visitor visa allows, it would bring more happiness to the Chinese families. This movement will not only form a more stable social foundation of our multicultural society, but also contribute to the NZ economy. It would be a win-win solution.
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  • Oppose the renewal of the liquor licence for the Kaiti TAB/Sports Bar
    Our tamariki deserve to be safe. The Kaiti Mall is almost directly across the road from Kaiti School, and children are often at the mall. By reducing the opportunities for people to consume alcohol we reduce the risk of exposing our most precious and vulnerable asset to alcohol harm.
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  • The Dairy Industry Needs to do More
    This is important because it will reduce emissions that New Zealand has set in place in the Paris Agreement and will overall create healthier rivers, reduce the carbon and methane emissions, and will force responsibility on the Dairy Industry.
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  • Stop freedom camping at Rotary Park, Dunedin
    Freedom camping at Rotary Park would directly interfere with other many uses of the Park enjoyed by locals. It would be open to vandalism of sensitive infrastructure and park resources. It would also be a cost to rate-payers with cleaning and security needed constantly. It would mean an increase in traffic and noise and should not be allowed in a residential area where it is surrounded by properties.
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  • Refuse Rex Tillerson entry to New Zealand
    Climate change is real, the evidence is there in black and white, it is no 'hoax'. The US is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions through its ongoing focus on burning fossil fuels. New Zealand must make a stand for the rest of the global community and send a message to the US Government: "your reckless and ill-thought through decisions impact all global citizens. We will not stand by and let this carnage carry on."
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  • Stop Watercare! Say NO to the destruction of native bush in Titirangi for a water treatment plant
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjX954J1zjI Watercare is proposing to build a new massive water treatment plant in Manuka Road and Woodlands Park Road, Titirangi, next to the existing plant. The construction of this plant will destroy more than 1000 trees over four hectares of significant native mature bush – including a large part of the very popular Clark Bush Track, bring an industrial sized plant to within four metres of local residents and put untold strain on roading and other infrastructure in surrounding communities including Titirangi, Woodlands Park, Waima, Laingholm, Glen Eden and beyond. The ecological assessment of the proposed site has been limited to minimal vegetation and bird count surveys, with no assessment of the other flora and fauna that might be present, including bats, lizards or insects, and no considerations of impacts on fresh water ecology. If this project goes ahead in Titirangi, it would be an ecological and social disaster, an insult to the environmental pioneers that helped create the essential character of Titirangi and an absolute disgrace for the green image of New Zealand. Phil Goff promised Aucklanders to protect our native heritage trees. Now he has the chance to stand by his word when both our native bush and community are under threat. We call on him and Auckland Council to reject the environmental consent to clear the bush for a Water Treatment Plant in Titirangi and send Watercare back to the drawing board. Help us stop Watercare now. For additional information, please check our Facebook page and website below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TitirangiPG/ https://protecttitirangi.org/
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  • Save our Reserves
    Valuable public open spaces are now under threat from this Government, which wants to carve up and sell our parks for housing developments. Once it’s sold, it’s gone forever. Save Our Reserves (SOR) emerged as a response to a proposed housing development on Point England Reserve, Auckland. We thought this reserve would be a reserve forever. It’s a wonderful open space with rural character, playing fields and endangered birds. However the Government plans to sell 11.69 hectares (28.88 acres) of the land to Ngāti Paoa (or other developers) for a housing development as part of their Treaty settlement. We support iwi in getting fair treaty settlement but do not agree to public reserves being used as commercial property. We realise that this sets a dangerous precedent for other reserves, and have formed a group to help other communities who will face similar losses under this Government. This petition is a push back to say NO to housing on parks, sports fields and public reserves across New Zealand so communities don’t have to fight individual battles. We don’t want central government forcing local councils to rezone public open space for housing. The development will destroy the primary roosting habitat of 50-90% of the remaining wild shorebirds in the Tāmaki Estuary. The development proposed in this Bill covers 50% of the endangered New Zealand dotterel nesting ground. This intensive housing development will bring cats and dogs and people into the nesting ground, evicting the birds. For explanatory notes and background to the petition visit http://saveourreserves.org.nz/petition/
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  • NZ Deserves Honest Swimming Standards
    A recently released report from NIWA showed that the Government's proposed swimming standards were worse than those from the 2014 policy. Despite the Government claiming to have a goal of swimmable rivers by 2040, their policy weakened human health standards and only applies to 10% of the whole country's waterways. This won't solve our problems. It will only make them worse. Please use this form to make an official submission to the Ministry for the Environment's National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. Submissions are open now until 5pm Thursday 25 May. New Zealanders have asked the Government and the Ministry for the Environment again and again for a genuine swimmable bottom line for rivers & lakes. Aotearoa New Zealand has serious problems of freshwater contamination and polluted rivers and lakes. We must take steps to stop this situation from getting worse and to begin to turn this around. The first step is to write strong protection for rivers and lakes into our country's freshwater policy. We can do this now and, in doing so, it will influence the work of local councils, industry and government to improve freshwater management so that rivers and lakes are protected for all New Zealanders. The OECD wrote in its 2017 Environmental Performance Review that New Zealand is reaching environmental limits and that freshwater pollution is one of areas of degradation that threatens the health of our people, our environment and our economy. As Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor said in a recent interview on his report on the state of the nation's freshwater, "The reality is we cannot keep going as we have been." He's right and the public is right. We have to change and the first step for improving the health of our rivers and lakes is this freshwater policy. It is the document on which decisions around the country will be made. Let's make it the best and the strongest it can be for the sake of this beautiful country. [1] https://niwa.co.nz/news/niwa-technical-background-report-for-mfe-clean-water-swimmability-proposals-for-rivers [2] http://www.mfe.govt.nz/sites/default/files/microbiological-quality-jun03.pdf
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