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

 


Councils warn about pollution

Councils warn about pollution

Tipping old paint, garden sprays, and waste oil into the gutter may be a quick way to clean out your shed, but it’s also a fast track to polluting waterways and lakes.

That’s why the Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Otago Regional Council are joining forces to remind people that stormwater drains are designed for rain – nothing more.

“Everything that runs down the drain ends up in a stream or river,” QLDC general manager – infrastructure and assets Erik Barnes says.

He’s also cautioning anyone carrying out building work over summer to make sure debris doesn’t end up in drains or sewers. Twice recently, sewers in downtown Queenstown overflowed after becoming blocked by stones and debris.

“We know that accidents happen sometimes, and we’d much rather be called out to retrieve something that went in a drain or a sewer by mistake then have to respond to an emergency overflow,” Mr Barnes said.

Jeff Donaldson, ORC director environmental monitoring and operations, said water quality was important throughout the region, and particularly in the Queenstown Lakes District, where people would be out enjoying the lakes and rivers during the holidays.

“Waterway contamination has the potential to degrade people’s experience of the area and make them unsafe for recreational use, so our pollution hotline will be open throughout the holidays,” Mr Donaldson said.

ORC environmental staff will be working closely with QLDC to thoroughly investigate any incidents where contaminants are being poured into drains or waterways.

Anyone observing people using kerbside drains to dispose of polluting materials should immediately call the ORC pollution hotline on 0800 800 033.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news