Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


POO Cleanup

Dunedin 14 April 2004

Protect Our Oceans Inc
Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society Inc

POO Cleanup

Protect Our Ocean and Forest and Bird are delighted that the Dunedin City Council has voted to withdraw its appeal on the Tahuna sewage appeals. The Councillor's vote means they have agreed to upgrade the Tahuna wastewater treatment plant by 2012 to secondary and UV treatment.

"We will no longer be pumping raw sewage out to sea and polluting our coastal waters," said Sally Dicey, spokesperson for both groups. "This is fantastic news for the people of Dunedin - once the upgrade is complete, they will be able swim and surf in a cleaner sea. I'm sure marine life will also breath a huge sigh of relief!" she said.

"The successful resolution of this matter is due in large part because of the Resource Management Act, as it enables the public to get involved in environmental and social issues, and to be taken seriously," Sally Dicey said.

"A lot of people have put in lots of time and effort to ensure that our sewage will get cleaned up, and our success is due to their support and the processes that exist under the Resource Management Act," she said

"The submission and hearing process before the Otago Regional Council allowed valuable scientific information to be considered, such as information about possible transmission of human diseases to marine mammals," Sally Dicey said.

"This process also enabled the DCC and the hearings panel to hear the full extent of public concern about cleaning up our sewage." she said.

"While it would have been great to have this outcome earlier, we are glad that we have a council that is prepared to listen to its community. The Council is to be congratulated for exercising common sense," said Sally Dicey, "I'm sure we are all happy that this matter could be resolved outside of the Environment Court."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election