• 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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  • 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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