Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Greens Question Waitaki Plan

Greens Question Waitaki Plan

The Green Party is supportive of Government attempts to establish a framework for allocation of Waitaki River water, but concerned that the process could be just an elaborate way to rubber-stamp the Project Aqua power scheme.

The Resource Management (Waitaki Catchment) Amendment Bill has been tabled in Parliament today.

"If it is a genuine attempt to protect the values of the Waitaki itself and the interests of the local community, then we support it," said Ms Fitzsimons. "However, if it's just another way of fast-tracking Project Aqua and a few major irrigation schemes, then we have serious concerns.

"Present and past government should be ashamed that such legislation is necessary. But the fact is that both the Resource Management Act and regional councils around the country have failed for 12 years to provide a framework for water allocation against which applications can be measured, and the Ministry for the Environment has stood back and watched them fail.

"In this situation, the Government is right to initiate a process for water allocation under the resource management criteria of the RMA. But that begs the question: why include only the Waitaki in this legislation?

"What is needed is general legislation requiring regional councils to establish allocation plans for all the water resources they control.

"We have quite specific concerns with the detail of the Waitaki plan, particularly with the possible abuse of the Environment Minister's power to appoint the board that determines water allocation amongst different users.

"These appointees could be 'political appointments' in the worst sense of the term, while the skills base provided by a board that could be as small as just two members also gives cause for concern," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"Considering the board's decision cannot be appealed, it is essential that it be given the resources and time to get it right first off."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news