Offensive pollution is a community challenge
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council pollution response officers
were disappointed to be called out to a particularly
offensive stream dumping event yesterday, and have a message
for people dumping rubbish in our waterways: “don’t do
HBRC Compliance Manager, Wayne Wright,
received a call-out for his team on Monday morning in
response to a photo emailed to council. The photo appeared
to show offal and pressed hams in a blue container, which
had been dumped from the Elsthorpe Road Bridge into Papanui
Stream not far from Waipawa.
On investigation, HBRC
staff fished out half a cow, a lamb and three hams.
“This sort of dumping in not new to council, but staff
take particular exception to pollution of the region’s
waterways,” says Wayne Wright.
importantly, anyone reading this should not think of it as a
localised issue, this is a whole of community issue that
requires all of us to take action. If you see someone
dumping rubbish at the roadside, road end, or more
offensively, in our waterways, report it to the Regional
Council’s Pollution Hotline straight away, 0800 108 838 or
look us up in the phone
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>