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


Fence-sitting on nappies not good enough - Ward

Fence-sitting on nappies not good enough, says Ward

The Environment Ministry needs to get off the fence and actively recommend to parents that they seriously look at changing to real cloth nappies, says Green MP Mike Ward.

The Party's Waste-free Spokesperson was commenting on the 'Nappies' page recently published on the Ministry's website (www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/waste/special/nappies).

"The MfE's webpage on nappies says it 'does not advocate one nappy system over another', because 'that is a personal decision that parents make'. Frankly that's not good enough," says Mr Ward.

"Of course parents have a choice, but the Ministry's job is to advocate for the environment, so it has a clear responsibility to encourage the use of the least environmentally damaging nappy. Then parents can decide whether to listen to that advice or not.

"The webpage itself clearly indicates that the referenced 'neither nappy type is better' study from the UK doesn't stack up under New Zealand conditions. When the benefit to household budgets is combined with the waste minimisation and other environmental advantages, modern pre-sewn cloth nappies are the clear winners.

"The Ministry for the Environment needs to work with other Government and community agencies to get the message out to parents that the new real nappies, combined with modern laundry methods and environmentally friendly laundry products, save time, money and the planet and are a much healthier option for babies," says Mr Ward.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


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>>


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>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news