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

 


Costly fireplace ban back on the table

Costly fireplace ban back on the table

Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer says panicked council staff are determined to quickly push through costly measures to ban domestic open fireplaces as well as phase out pre-2005 wood burners, affecting nearly 90,000 Auckland homes.

“There’s a renewed panic around the place that if drastic measures are not taken Auckland will not meet National Environmental Standards for Air Quality - standards it is supposedly required to meet by 2016. Subsequently, it’s now the more costly and extreme measures for Auckland homeowners that are now being pushed for rapid implementation.”

Mr Brewer says the latest council figures show that a prohibition of domestic open fireplaces will affect 21,000 households, while there are 67,000 pre-2005 wood burners. The idea is to ban open fireplaces sooner rather than later and force old wood burners to be removed when houses are sold which is known as the point of sale rule.

“The reported numbers of those who die prematurely from air pollution caused by home heating fires seems to be bouncing all around the place, as are the claimed costs to our health sector, not to mention the numbers of Auckland households affected. However one thing constant is the council’s resolve to implement the new costly rules.

“Sadly this is going to hit low-income families and the elderly particularly hard. Many Aucklanders love their open fire or old wood burner and rely on these trusty and traditional forms of heating. Having to buy the likes of a heat pump and pay more for electricity will literally leave many in the cold.

“This is set to be just another extra council cost for Aucklanders to add to their growing rates bills, regulatory fee hikes, user-pays rubbish next year, and the Mayor’s on-going push for tolls and or a regional fuel tax.”

Mr Brewer says instead of just focusing on hitting the little suburban homeowner, the council needs to look harder at the likes of its dirty diesel buses that choke our streets.

“Councillors kicked this for touch in 2012. Nonetheless as of last year council had already spent at least $360,000 on reports and staff time to keep pushing this change through. With the 2016 target quickly looming, unfortunately it now seems a case of when not if,” says Cameron Brewer.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news