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Stop The Rot

Media Release

5 April 2006

Stop The Rot

New Zealand First is concerned about the worsening condition of central North Island lakes and says that a multi-lateral approach is the only way to address the problem.

“Co-operation between Central Government, Local Government, landowners, farmers and householders is essential if we are to restore our lakes to their former glory,” said Environment spokesperson Doug Woolerton.

“There must also be a concerted, long-term effort to prevent the problem getting worse, which will undoubtedly involve some tough decisions around land use.

“New Zealand First does not believe that draconian penalties will be effective. Instead there needs to be a willingness by all users of the lake to save it from dying, which is what will happen if we do nothing.

“If land use charges are needed then all sectors must be involved to bear the cost. The installation of environmentally friendly sewage systems for holiday homes also needs to be looked at. The important thing is to make a start.

”This issue illustrates very clearly the fact that water is not a limitless resource and requires careful management. It’s also clear that our pure New Zealand brand is unrealistic if our lakes are dying of toxic poision,” said Mr Woolerton.


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