• Mandatory Desexing of Companion Animals.
    Desexing is very important & kind for companion animal's welfare & safety. New Zealand has a high rate of animal abuse & we need to be seen as a leader on companion animal care. To show other countries that we care. Some backyard & casual breeders have animals living in disgusting conditions & with terrible health conditions. And we see pups/kittens suffering with bad health effects continuosly. (Ref:NZherald) Animal "Hoarding" is a collection of animals where the person enables the situation & has not the mentality to realize OR the financial funds to continue with the ongoing care & welfare. Very important that this is addressed as part of the problem. http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/…/repeat-animal-abuser-disq…/ http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/what-we-do/the-5-freedoms/ People buy pups from pet shops that are cute, then a few months later they are deformed or have other medical conditions. Due to no consideration of the animals welfare & only to make a profit. Also many pet shops are selling animals with no desexing stipulations .They should be vacinated, micro -chipped, & desexed. spcahttp://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201831523/spcalls-for-ban-on-selling-non-desexed-cats NZ's cats & dogs are having litters after litters, year after year. We have starving neglected dogs, council shelters/pounds full of dogs picked up roaming, dogs chained in backyards everywhere hidden from public view with no stimulation & animal abusers that do horrific things to animals.This is important as an animal is to be free from distress. (Refer Animal Welfare Act.1999) Example of neglect. Was this man capable to have an animal in his care? http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/about-us/news-and-updates/auckland-man-found-guilty-in-animal-abuse-case-after-dog-found-in-skeletal-condition/ Was this woman capable? When SPCA Inspector Peggy found Olive, she was so severely emaciated it was hard to believe she was still alive. The 8-month-old puppy was tied up on a short chain, her tiny frame hunched over in pain. Inspector Peggy brought her to the SPCA Auckland Animal Hospital for the immediate veterinary treatment she desperately needed. Olive weighed just 10kg and our vets said she was suffering extreme malnutrition. Her claws were so overgrown they curled up under her feet and her skin was covered in mange and open pressure sores. Our Inspectorate team worked hard to seek justice for Olive through the courts. Her owner Cerise Harris was found guilty of wilful ill-treatment of an animal and was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and disqualified from owning animals for 10 years. Fortunately Olive made a full recovery and was adopted by her foster mum Sally. Thanks to our SPCA supporters, Olive now has the life she deserves. Animals suffer from being bred continuosly & the person responsible does not consider the consequences further down the line when puppies or kittens need to be rehomed, or they don't wont them. Some of these animals are left abandoned to fend for themselves, 'dumped'! Tiny babies in rubbish bins, under buildings, in bushes & in boxes left outside SPCA's.Dead Kittens left on public footpaths.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11792596 Tiny babies dumped to die.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11787609&ref=NZH_fb spcahttp://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201831523/spcalls-for-ban-on-selling-non-desexed-cats Some dogs are stolen (deliberately stolen) that are not desexed & are used to make a profit from breeding, with no care whats so-ever taken on the welfare of the pups. People buy & sell animals off the internet with no conditions/follow up on desexing. An issue that should also be debated. SPCA's & Rescue groups are inundated with 1000's of unwanted litters, especially in seasonal times. They do a wonderful job with desexing-M/C- fostering & rehoming. Some shelters/pounds (alot) have animals that will never come out. (ref:Euthanasia Rates) "In 2016, 8,372 dogs were impounded in Auckland's animal shelters. Most were reclaimed by their owners and 644 were adopted, but 3,059 dogs that were not suitable for rehoming because they were too sick or injured, failed a temperament test, were a menacing dog breed, or were simply too dangerous had to be euthanized. The stats speak a similar story further south. In Tauranga during the 2015/16 year, 960 dogs were impounded, 764 were returned to their owners, 62 were adopted by new families, and 134 were euthanized." (quote Cathy Casey) "We simply have too many dogs in New Zealand," says Auckland councillor Cathy Casey. "Buying puppies from pet shops encourages more breeding that we just don't need. It doesn't help the cause when dog owners don't desex their dogs either, often resulting in thousands of unwanted puppies." They did not ask for this & are born to die! Too SAD & very unfair! SPCA List of Shame shines spotlight on animal cruelty www.spcaauckland.org.nz/.../spca-list-of-shame-shines-spotlight-on-animal- cruelty An animal should have a right to have a happy life free from abandonment, neglicence & cruelty. People need to be seriously responsable when caring for animals & to prove they have a consciense. Many animals do not have the 5 freedoms, they suffer instead. http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/what-we-do/the-5-freedoms/ Australia's desexing laws, that are in some states, are seeing a dramatic reduction in unwanted animals. (Ref:Australia Animal Welfare Act.) Animal lovers are outraged about the hearbreaking treatment & disrespect for animals. We want you to take this very seriously & consider the change we would see in the future of companion animals due to a mandatory desexing legalistlation. Thankyou. From the signatory's below.
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  • Justice for Susan Burdett. Make NZ Police reopen her murder case.
    Susan Burdett and her family deserve justice. Since Teina Pora was cleared of the murder with his wrongful conviction quashed, the real murderer needs to be tried. The NZ Police have refused to meet with media that have uncovered new evidence. All New Zealand citizens should be able to feel safe in their homes and should be able to trust that the NZ Police will do their best to find the murderer and bring them to justice if that happened to any of our families. Susan Burdett's life means something. She should not be forgotten. Her families quest for justice needs our support. She deserves justice. She deserved peace in her home. Malcolm Rewa raped her and robbed her of her peace. She was murdered that night in Pah Rd, Papatoetoe, Auckland. He is the only suspect now and there is new evidence that places Malcolm Rewa three doors away alone on that night in 1992. It will be 25 years in March since she was murdered. No one was brought to justice for taking Susan's life. Susan Burdett deserves eternal peace. Justice brings peace.
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  • Ban Tethering of Dogs & Goats
    Physical & Emotional Stimulation is non exsistent in the continual tethering of dogs. Goats are social animals that can be abused when tethered on the side of road-ways. They suffer in isolation. We care for the wellbeing of these animals & the situations of the 1000's of dogs & goats in the environments they are kept in. Some dogs live in unsanitary surroundings & are starved of any form of enjoyment,which is their right. Also some are starved of proper nutrition or nearly to death! http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/87897728/dog-abuse-cases-investigated-by-spca-jump-to-more-than-8000-in-a-year The Animal Welfare Code (1999) states the following: 4. Containment, Tethering and Shelter 4.1 Containment Introduction Containment of unsupervised dogs prevents them injuring or otherwise harming themselves, other dogs and people. The length of time that dogs are contained or tethered, and the way that it is done, can have a significant impact on their welfare. Prolonged containment or tethering can have a significant negative impact on the physical and mental health of dogs and the need for exercise (see Section 7.8 Exercise), as well as access to food, water and shelter while in containment all have to be considered. Minimum Standard No. 4 – Containment and Tethering (a) Dogs must not be contained or tethered in a way that causes them injury or distress. (b) Collars must fit comfortably without damaging the skin or restricting breathing Incidents are happening all over New Zealand where this code is breached,we seriously need this enforced. As a nation people are disheartened by the continual cruelty to the dogs & goats that are 24/7 tethered. Article from a recent attack by dogs on a tethered goat.. (January 2017) http://m.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11793377 I realize there are necessary times dogs need to be chained up, as in for safety reasons. A law where dogs are not to be chained for more than 4 hours. (for example).The dog must be taken off the chain & excercised at least twice a day, more times than this will be better. The area the dog lives in must have water & shelter, (Animal Welfare Code needs to be implemented here) & clean of feces & rubbish. Goats are not to be tethered on a road with traffic & must be kept with other animals or have a goat friend ! Many people are concerned who have a love for animals, & are appalled with our animal welfare system & want to see change . The policing of these situations could be done by a separate welfare group. I know many people that are passionate on welfare issues & would be interested in working with this. A charitable trust is already being thought of to help support this cause & other animal welfare issues that need to be addressed. I sincerely hope that you will consider this cause. Thankyou. From the signatory's below.
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  • Allow men access to domestic violence services that are publicly funded.
    With studies such as The Dunedin Study and many others pointing to men being between 30 and 50% of domestic violence victims, it is immoral that there is little or no help available to men who are suffering this abuse. There is no excuse for this sexism especially when many of the institutions that offer services exclusively for women are at least partially funded by the New Zealand taxpayer. As such they should have to adhere to the Human Rights Act that makes discrimination on the basis of sex illegal. Currently Women's Refuge offers no services for men at all and Shine only offers anger management and a helpline but their website repeatedly casts the man in the role of the abuser. On the subject of male victims it says "Male victims, please note: If you are a male victim of domestic abuse and need help to escape the abuse, please ring Shine’s Helpline. While there are no ‘refuges’, there may be some emergency accommodation options available for you." Attitudes towards male victims need to change. They are more likely to be arrested than helped if they phone the police, have less access to help and routinely have their stories dismissed or belittled, making them unlikely to come forward. I would like to see domestic violence services being offered to men a part of receiving government funding. It is as unfair to expect men to suffer in silence, trapped in violent relationships as it is for women.
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  • Fix the Siberia Hill Road Markings
    The current road configuration on Siberia Hill as of 26th November 2016, with a shortened "Slow Lane" is more dangerous and less preferred than the original, longer "Passing Lane". We feel, as the people who frequently drive and are immediately affected by the condition and markings on the road every day, that the road marking should be changed from the current configuration to the old one.
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  • Ban pro-anorexia websites in New Zealand
    Teenagers have been dying to get noticed as eating disorders have risen by 50% in the last few years. We believe that any form of encouragement or motivation towards eating disorders can trigger people to develop more serious cases like anorexia. Pro-Ana sites/blogs just add to the pressure to be skinny in the modern day media. "How I stop myself from eating" and "You will get FAT if you eat today" are just some of the many disturbing quotes from these websites.This is why we want these websites to be banned in New Zealand, we need to save our youth. Please sign this petition to show your support and raise awareness. Thank you.
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  • VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE
    In the recent Local Government elections, the Horowhenua people voted in a new Mayor, Michael Feyen, who appointed as his Deputy Mayor, Cr Ross Campbell of the Miranui Ward that encompasses Shannon. The Horowhenua district had been plagued with many issues that the then Cr Feyen and Cr Campbell brought to the public’s attention. In brief they included the following: 1) The alleged ongoing pollution of the local waterways with sewage 2) The decision to tender the community housing stock for sale it appears, without proper consultation with both public and iwi 3) Forging ahead with a decision about moving the Foxton Cenotaph & upgrading the main street without proper and adequate consultation with the public and certain parties like the RSA, who were not in agreeance and who wanted clean water ahead of a street do up 4) Being instrumental in approving a third liquor license for Shannon, not wanted by that community 5) Council under the previous watch has accrued more than $68 million debt. At the first Council Meeting following the election it was moved that the books be opened however the Council voted against that. We want to see openness and transparency and believe a full audit of the books is necessary in order to move forward. Since the new Mayor has been in office, both he and his Deputy have not it appears, been backed by the current CE and are still being out-voted by the remaining councilors. In addition it has been announced by our Mayor that the Council intends to get rid of Ross Campbell as Deputy Mayor. We the public voted for change. Some of the issues our new Mayor campaigned on were: • open communication. He is now advocating opening the Council books which Council has voted against • quality drinking water and clean recreational waterways (clearly not a priority of the previous leadership) • living within budget (we have an excessive debt level now of over $68 million) • retaining the community housing stock (already up for tender) • cleaning up Lake Horowhenua which is so polluted it could potentially kill a small child (previous Councils having been instrumental in that pollution) • closing the Levin Landfill that drains leachate into the waterways The councilors under oath swore to put the needs of the district first, promising that they would “faithfully and impartially, and according to the best of my skill and judgment, execute and perform, in the best interests of Horowhenua” ...we feel they have failed to keep this oath in their failure to support the new leadership. We are therefore drawing to the public’s attention the fact that we as voters for the new leadership of HDC have no confidence in the current Council, particularly in light of the excessive debt accumulated. In order for the community to move positively forward, we would like to see the following people either in support of the new leadership or replaced: • Wayne Bishop • Ross Brannigan • Victoria Kaye-Simmons • Jo Mason • Christine Mitchell • Piri-Hira Tukapua • Neville Gimblett • Bernie Wanden • Barry Judd • CEO David Clapperton (1) Former Cr Anne Hunt speaks out: https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/on-two-occasions-horowhenua-district-councillors-given-a-clear-message-by-mayor-brendan-duffy-to-toe-the-line-and-deny-any-pollution-by-the-hdc-a-former-hd-councillor-speaks-out/ (2) An OI request describes consultation with public but not local Iwi as per the pledge to partnership set out on HDC's website: http://www.horowhenua.govt.nz/Council/Iwi-Relationships/Partnerships (3) Radio NZ article: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/313804/community-up-in-arms-over-cenotaph-move (4) Stuff.co.nz article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/86330093/third-liquor-store-in-shannon-would-offer-variety-says-owner (5) HDC minutes on opening the books: https://envirowatchrangitikei.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/opening-the-books-horowhenua-district-council-open-minutes-2-november-2016.pdf
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  • Kaikoura's big businesses need support as well
    This interview actually brought me and a friend to tears. Have a listen on RNZ to the interview with Dennis Buureman. What Dolphin Encounter, Whale Watch and these other large businesses have done for Kaikoura with bringing in tourists and providing work is immense. What Dennis and his team at Dolphin Encounter have done for Kaikoura over his lifetime is massive, what the Encounter Foundation has done in the community is huge. The amount of work Lynette and Ian have done over many years is a massive investment in the town as well. Not to mention their many lifelong staff. Whale Watch is also a huge draw card to Kaikoura who offer huge employment opportunities. We need to find away to get John Key to help these main stays in Kaikoura because it goes back generations. These are not just businesses. They are families and their life's work which feeds the whole community and other businesses. Without these links in the chain the town doesn't work. And Whale Watch also has the same levels of contribution to the entire community.
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  • Withdraw Statoil from our waters without delay
    This letter has been endorsed by Iwi and hapu of the eastern seaboard of Aotearoa. It is our ancestral waters that are under threat... We invite all New Zealanders, and indeed everyone anywhere who cares about the future of the planet, to sign on with us. Nā mātou, Ngā Hapū o Te Tairāwhiti tae atu ki Te Tauihu o te Waka Te Whanau a Tapuaeururangi Te Whanau a Kahu Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Te Whanau a Te Aotaki Te Whanau a Te Aopare Te Whanau a Hunaara Te Whanau a Te Aotaihi Te Whanau a Hinerupe Te Whanau a Hinerupe ki Waiapu Te Whanau a Rakaimataura Ngati Putaanga Te Whanau a Tapuhi Te Whanau a Karuwai Ngai Tane Te Whanau a Takimoana Te Whanau a Hunaara ki te tonga Te Whanau a Rerewa Ngati Hokopu Ngati Horowai Te Whanau a Uruhonea Rakaimataura Te Whanau a Pokai Te Whanau a Hineauta Ngati Rangi Te Whanau a Umuariki Ruataupare Ki Tuparoa Ngai Tangihaere Te Whanau a Hinetapora Ngati Hinekehu Ngai Rauru Ngati Uepohatu Te Aitanga a Mate Te Aowera Te Whanau a Hinekehu Takutai Kaitiaki Trust Te Whanau a Iritekura Ngai Taharora Te Whanau a Ruataupare ki Tokomaru Ngati Hau ki Anaura Nga Ariki Kaiputahi Ngati Oneone Wainui Marae Tarere Marae Te Aitanga a Mahaki Ngai Tamanuhiri Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust Ngati Rangiwaho, Rangiwaho Marae - Te Kopua mai Paritu Ngai Te Ipu ki Whakaki Ngai Tu ki Rakato/Mahia Hikairo ki Whareongaonga Ngati Te Korou Pahauwera Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc. Ngati Hinepare (ki Kahungunu) Te Runanganui o Heretaunga Ngati Mahu Ngai Tawhao Ngati Kahungunu ki Poneke Rangitane Rangitane o Kaituna Motu Wairaka Marae Ngāi Tūmapūhia-a-Rangi ki Te Wairarapa Ngati Hinewaka Ngati Hine Ngati Hinepua Ngai Tarita Ngati Rakaiwhakairi Ngati Hinewaka Ngai Tukoko Ngati Ngapuoterangi Ngati Rakairangi Ngati Hinetauira Ngati Kahukuranui Ngati Rua Ngati Rongomaiaia Ngati Rangaranga Ngati Kahukuraawhitia Ngati Mamoe (Ki Wairarapa) Ngati Parakiore, Nga Ruahuihui o Tamaki Nui A Rua Te Iwi o Tamaki Nui A Rua Ngai Te Ao
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  • Reinstate the right hand turn into Elizabeth St - Warkworth, NZ
    A sustainable solution to the Hill St intersection needs to be developed. Sacrificing the livability and function of the town is not acceptable. The functionality and feel of Warkworth is under threat if roading solutions do not support the township to thrive then it is toast. ...the notion that traffic turning into Elizabeth St is a major factor is nuts. Cars making this turn rarely (if ever) hold up traffic trying to pass through to SH1. Traffic has to wait to turn out from Elizabeth to head to Snells and Matakana but the traffic turning into Elizabeth St is not the bulk of what they wait for. This 'solution' is how a small town dies...priority is being given to traffic passing through our town at the expense of those who live, work, play and support the economy. Totally short sighted, money and time being better spent developing a solution that addresses the traffic sustainably while supporting our town centre and ability for our community to function as a community.
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  • Stop the Sale of Horowhenua's Community Housing
    In April this year the Horowhenua District Council announced it was tendering their stock of community housing for sale to an alternative community housing provider. The justification given by councils NZ wide, including, Horowhenua, to cease providing housing, has been that Government withdrew its responsibility in this respect (including funding) some time back. HDC insist they’ve identified that "the 'most sustainable' way forward for delivering pensioner housing was to transfer the stock and the responsibility to a housing provider that had the focus and resources to respond to the housing needs of the district.” At the same time they say they "… want to ensure that community housing in Horowhenua remains accessible and affordable, and is also connected to services that enhance social connectedness and wellbeing." Horowhenua’s Grey Power however, disagrees saying it is their belief that provision of affordable housing must remain a core activity for central and local government. "The proposal to sell pensioner housing, a key determinant of community wellbeing, is a direct antithesis to community wellbeing” they say, and "a council is in a position to see issues across its district and should have concerns about its constituency … a social housing provider will not have the same view." We also see the withdrawal of affordable housing for the elderly and disabled as a backward step. HDC state on their Positive Ageing Action Plan that “Horowhenua is a district that embraces its older residents as a highly valued integral part of the community”. We would like to see that plan include the option of the ongoing provision of affordable housing for the elderly, especially in the light of growing homelessness in our country. Handing over this responsibility to private and corporate interests is not going to guarantee they remain housed. A business will always strive to maximize profits and not to ensure the housing of the more vulnerable. It is simply not in their mandate. We therefore do not believe that any clause of sale that stipulates the needs of the elderly be considered will be effective, and that any such provision would eventually be discarded in favour of economic interests. In line with their pledge to partnership, HDC have said that iwi and current tenants were consulted. Public feedback however is not confirming this. We would like to see some transparency on this pre sale history. If you agree that the provision of community housing should remain a part of Council’s responsibility please sign our petition. (1) Horowhenua District Council agrees to put pensioner housing on the market <http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/78903531/Horowhenua-District-Council-agrees-to-put-pensioner-housing-on-the-market> (2) Iwi consulted on Horowhenua housing sell off http://www.waateanews.com/Waatea+News.html?story_id=MTQxNTY=&v=173 (3) ‘Keep Council Houses’ <http://kapitiindependentnews.net.nz/keep-council-houses/> (4) Government open to social housing options <https://national.org.nz/news/2016-05-27-government-open-to-social-housing-options> (5) Government, council seek interest from community housing providers in Horowhenua <https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/government-council-seek-interest-community-housing-providers-horowhenua-b-191828> (6) Proposed social and affordable housing transfer in Horowhenua and Otaki <http://www.treasury.govt.nz/statesector/socialhousing/horowhenua-otaki-sht>
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  • STOP GREYHOUND RACING
    Because thousands of greyhounds get killed every year because of their treatment behind the scenes of greyhound racing.
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