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


Stop rubbishing rivers

Stop rubbishing rivers

Green media release 18-6-08

It is unacceptable to use creeks and rivers for farm chemical and household rubbish tips as is happening at Hinakura in South Wairarapa, according to the Green Party.

Party Co-Leader Russel Norman said research by his staff, with the help of a supportive ecologist, discovered rubbish spilling from a creek into the Pahaoa River which drains to Wairarapa’s east coast.

The waste was sourced to a large rubbish tip in the creek which Land Information New Zealand has advised is on property owned by a family trust of a South Wairarapa District Councillor. The tip is accessed by a farm road with the name of the councillor’s farm on the gate.

Items in the creek include an old television set, stoves, oil containers, paint tins, women’s shoes, plastic milk bottles, beer cans, cosmetics and sheep and cattle drench containers.
Many items of clothing and pieces of plastic are caught in branches, apparently after flooding. Some of the rubbish has made its way to the Pahaoa River itself.

Several items with the councillor’s family surname written on them were found in the creek, including plastic chemical containers.

“I don’t know who dumped this rubbish – it may not be the councillor herself and it may include people outside the councillor’s family,” Dr Norman says. “However there is no doubt she has connections to this disgusting dump and I’m calling on her to dissociate herself from it and make moves as a councillor to help clean it up.”

A link from the council’s website says under the Local Government Act 2002 territorial local authorities are responsible for waste and waste management. Also that under the Resource Management Act 1991, territorial local authorities and regional councils have the function of “controlling the use of land to prevent or mitigate adverse effects from the storage, use and disposal of hazardous substances”.

Another link from the council’s website to “Resource Management Act Freshwater Management’ says “… discharge of contaminants into any water, whether at the surface or underground, is prohibited unless it is allowed by a regional plan or resource consent”.

A South Wairarapa District Council sign downstream from the councillor’s farm starts: “Rubbish In, Rubbish Out. Please help reduce the impact of rubbish on our area…”

“This dump seems to precede the Resource Management Act judging by the age of some of the rubbish in it. But there appears to be new trash as well,” Dr Norman says.

“I realise this is still a fairly common practice by a minority of farmers around New Zealand. It is however illegal, and for the sake of our children – who may swim in these rivers – and for our clean, green brand - these old practices have to stop.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>


Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election