Environment

The Urban Rural Divide is a Myth – But Not For the Reason You Think

On Sunday morning TVNZ’s Q+A reported on the so called rural/urban divide around the state of waterways. The story attempted to show another perspective to that portrayed by environmental groups. Surmising that the rural urban divide is a myth, and that they too want clean rivers, several Federated Farmer advocates spoke out in their defence claiming that urban rivers are just as dirty and that urban folk ought to look at their own back yard before pointing the finger. The same old rhetoric.

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Can we Develop Land and Improve the Environment?

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that 22ha of the Ruahine Forest Park couldn’t be destroyed for the Ruataniwha Dam. Forget the Dam itself – it was always a dud that needed putting out of its misery. If the true environmental costs had been taken into account – by charging irrigators for the water and the resulting pollution – it never would have happened anyway.

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PRESS RELEASE

THE OPPORTUNITIES PARTY LEADER DR GARETH MORGAN WELCOMES PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT’S STAND ON FERAL CATS.

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Government and Regional Council Side with Polluters Over Waikato River Clean Up

We must make the Waikato River swimmable again. Even putting to one side the obligation to do so under Treaty settlements; it is just common sense. All our waterways should reach that same standard; and I mean truly swimmable not the watered down version of swimmable the Government has proposed. Most Kiwis can agree on that point.

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A broad opinion on land use change in Southland

In the late eighties and early nineties, New Zealand was virtually devoid of any type of overarching agricultural regulation. Conversely, regulation in agriculture was commonplace in most first world countries at this time.

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Departments and Ministries are nothing more than corporate offices for their politician masters

It is becoming increasingly clear that our public sector is shackled to their Ministerial masters. The Opportunities Party had our own, very innocent, taste of this last week. 

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Government Blinding People With Science (and Poo)

The Prime Minister is refusing to put a price on water before the election because there are too many issues to resolve, particularly the issue of water ownership as we pointed out last week

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Government Credibility on Fresh Water Evaporates

Since the Government released their shambolic swimmable rivers announcement, we have also seen the exit of Forest and Bird from the Land and Water Forum (LAWF). This event removes the last scrap of credibility from the Government's fresh water reforms. Since Fish and Game left in 2015 the process has stumbled along, but now the sham is up. The Government has wasted an opportunity to capitalise on the goodwill in the LAWF to achieve sustainable improvements in our rivers and lakes.

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Environmental issues are mainstream now

Yesterday I attended the Save Our Water rally in Christchurch. It was fantastic to see so many people out braving the southerly wind to take a stand for our fresh water. The atmosphere was positive and friendly, so why did I feel slightly uncomfortable? When the left wing anti-trade and #ChangeTheGovernment rhetoric started up I knew why. 

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Why the Government Won’t Charge Water Bottlers

Around New Zealand today there will be protests about fresh water. And rightly so, our once wonderful rivers and lakes are now degraded, particularly in lowland areas. To add insult to injury, businesses are allowed to take what little pure water is left in our aquifers and export it for profit. The only cost they face is getting the consent.

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