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


Motueka: Paint The Town Red to Protect Local Water

Motueka: Painting the Town Red to Protect Local Waterways.

Environmental advocates from Motueka community group communityaction took to the streets today to mark World Water Day, and the beginning of ” Water for Life”, a United Nations led initiative.

This morning Motueka business people and shoppers were greeted by a number of red fish, which had been painted near stormwater grates in Motueka's main streets overnight. During the day, communityaction volunteers handed out free portable ashtrays to smokers, to cut down on cigarette butt litter, a common form of stormwater borne pollution.

“Stormwater drains go out to sea and rivers, so any rubbish that gets thrown in the street, or pollutants that get poured down outside drains, will end up in waterways. We’re raising awareness of this fact, so that locals and travellers will be more mindful of this in future,” said Duncan Eddy of, communityaction.

“Pollution of our waters creates repercussions throughout the entire food chain, and could deprive future generations of the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful waterways we often take for granted.” Said Mr Eddy “Internationally, ‘Water for Life’ is about securing access to clean water for impoverished peoples. In Motueka, we’re trying to protect the treasures we already have.”

The United Nations General Assembly at its 58th session in December 2003 agreed to proclaim the years 2005 to 2015 as the International Decade for Action, "Water for Life", and beginning with World Water Day, March 22, 2005.

Or see http://www.worldwaterday.org

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news