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To: Auckland Council and WaterCare

Stop the POO-llution of Auckland’s urban waterways, beaches and coastal environment

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John McCaffery
Stop the POO-llution of Auckland’s urban waterways, beaches and coastal environment

Stop allowing sewage, and contaminated stormwater from roading into our urban waterways estuaries, harbours and beaches by setting and enforcing treatment standards and conditions for sewage and stormwater discharges.

We call on Auckland Council to make our beaches swimmable again!

Why is this important?

There is poo on our beaches! Auckland's waterways and beaches are seriously polluted by stormwater regularly contaminated by sewage, trade waste, heavy metals, toxins, chemicals, and oils thanks to years of inaction by the council, and fear of rate rises.

We need urgent action so that New Zealanders can enjoy our urban waterways and beaches without fear of sickness or injury or swimming with poo and we protect our freshwater and marine organisms from pollution and destruction. We need action now, not in 10 years time. Give us back our beaches, estuaries, lagoons streams and rivers!

This campaign is about raising peoples’ awareness of what is going on under our feet with inadequate infrastructure to cope with climate change and the massive intensification of Tamaki Makaurau, the Auckland region.

So far there is almost a sole emphasis on rural areas and the problems intensive farming is causing to our rural waterways and lakes. This is really important. but so is the disgraceful state of many urban waterways and beaches where people are now regularly being told they cannot swim.

These problems have been neglected and overlooked for too long. This is not the Aotearoa NZ we want our children to grow up in. We have to act now for our own planet's survival, our fresh water and marine life marine, and our children's futures.

No more sewage or contaminated stormwater in our backyards and beach environments. We need to work together to clean this up - Māori, Pakeha, diverse communities, churches, community organisations, environmental groups, businesses, political parties, schools, and individuals. Awhina mai!

How it will be delivered

Firstly a progress report to Auckland Council and Water Care as part of our submissions on the Long Term Council Budget Plan- Vote for a targeted rate for the clean up please


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Reasons for signing

  • Encourage more clean up days in Auckland’s beaches and buy compostable bags for it,Not plastic bags and at Countdown sell more compostable bags for meat fruit and veges and stop plastic bags and also for tork soap stop the plastic packaging and please change it to compostable and label it compostable packaging.Allan
  • Please plan more beach cleanups to help sea life in Mission Bay,Kohimarama.Allan
  • Don't you care!


2018-08-31 13:54:15 +1200

Instead they are planning to put in feeder lines that will carry combined Sewage & Stormwater to the Central Interceptor and then dump it into the Manukau Harbour after treatment at the Mangere Sewage Plant . The worst recent decision of this strategy is to reject separation in St Marys Bay area and apply for a right to dump much of St Mary's Bay Ponsonby and parts of Herne Bay Combined sewage into the Waitemata by the Harbour Bridge at acost of over $40 m . They claim it is not sewage only diluted wastewater and will clear away quickly leaving no serious trace. A hearing on our objections to this is due to start shortly.

2018-08-31 13:53:58 +1200

Thank you for your ongoing support Healthy Waters at Auckland Council rejected the proposal from Water Care Ltd and ourselves to commit to a separation programme of getting Stormwater out of the Sewage system pipelines . Instead see following-

2018-03-21 22:22:16 +1300

More Facebook links to circulate

2018-03-18 23:20:40 +1300

Mā te oranga o te taiao, ka ora ai te iwi.
Mō te takitini, kāore mō te torutoru anake.
It is the wellbeing of our living systems and our people that will sustain us. For the many, not just for the few. (Acknowledgement to Marama Davidson Greens)

2018-03-17 08:24:03 +1300

Mayor says we must support the targeted rate in the Councils Long Term Plan Budget or be stuck with dirty beaches for another 20 years- lets do it now

2018-03-16 17:11:42 +1300

500 signatures reached

2018-02-24 07:16:48 +1300

100 signatures reached

2018-02-23 13:08:49 +1300

50 signatures reached

2018-02-19 23:08:17 +1300

25 signatures reached

2018-02-18 20:59:49 +1300

2018-02-18 13:53:43 +1300

10 signatures reached