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

 


Government funds more pollution but dumps key reporting

23 January 2013

Government funds more pollution but dumps key reporting

The National Government is pouring millions into subsidising irrigation for intensive farming yet failing to protect our waterways from becoming even more polluted, Green Party water spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today.

“The National Government’s announcement today of an initial $80 million for irrigation, through a new Government company, is a subsidy for intensive farming and will see our rivers, lakes and aquifers polluted even faster.

“More irrigation and more intensive agriculture with increased stocking, and more fertiliser will result in greater water pollution.

“Government irrigation subsidies will worsen our already severe water pollution problems.

“Irrigators get to pocket profits yet when the degradation inevitably happens, the taxpayer will end up having to pay for waterway clean-ups.

“The Ministry for the Environment’s recreational water quality monitoring shows 52 per cent of our rivers are unfit for swimming,” Ms Sage said.

Many rivers are in crisis - a Marlborough raft race planned for Saturday is being run on the riverbank because the river is too polluted and flows are too low, toxic algae in Hawke’s Bay’s Tukituki River have killed a dog, and elsewhere too many rivers are too polluted or low to swim in.

“The new State company will assess schemes seeking funding against five criteria. The absence of any environmental criteria which require the scheme to improve river health, reduce water pollution and benefit aquatic ecosystems is telling. Once again the National Government is promoting development at the expense of the environment.

“At the same time the National Government is subsidising irrigation it is reducing the ability of the Department of Conservation and community organisations to use the RMA to advocate for healthy rivers. It has slashed DoC funding, weakened water conservation orders and the RMA.

“The National Government is trying to hide the extent and seriousness of our water quality problems by ditching consolidated nation-wide state of the environment reporting. That reporting needs to be reinstated immediately.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Easter: Have A Safe Holiday And/Or Don't Mislead On Surcharges

Commerce Commission: “Businesses that do apply a surcharge must ensure people are alerted to this before they make a decision to purchase. This gives consumers the ability to decide whether they are prepared to pay a surcharge or would rather go elsewhere,” Ms Rawlings said.

“The reason for the surcharge must be accurately described and must not mislead consumers. For example a business must not claim their surcharge on Easter Sunday is because it is a public holiday, as the only public holidays over the Easter weekend are Good Friday and Easter Monday.” More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Law Foundation Report: New Zealand Going Backwards On Human Rights

Greens: A report released today, Fault lines: Human Rights in New Zealand, looked at our commitment to six different international human rights treaties and found New Zealand sorely lacking in our commitment to human rights in practice to the point we’re going backwards. More>>

ALSO:

War Prep: “Gerrymandering” The Iraq Deployment

NZ First: “On Tuesday, it was ‘up to 50 troops’ training in Australia but yesterday that number grew to 100... Given pre-deployment training and now integrated training with the Australian Army, it seems to go beyond the supposed training role our men and women are meant to be tasked with undertaking.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Inadequate Response To Sexual Violence Prevention

On combatting sexual violence, the government has finally begun to undo some of the problems that were of its own making. Early in March, ACC launched the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims scheme – a package aimed at improving the attitudes of ACC staff towards sexual violence victims, and offering them more substantive support.

Hopefully, this will help to reverse the damage done with the insensitive, punitive ACC policy put in place by the incoming Key government in 2009, which in some parts of New Zealand, saw 90 per cent of sexual violence victims being turned away by ACC. More>>

ALSO:

Child, Youth and Family Review:

"To Help Families Get Ahead": April 1 Changes Kick In

Prime Minister John Key says Paid Parental Leave, the parental tax credit, the minimum wage and Superannuation will increase, while average ACC levies will fall, and more people will be helped in to home ownership... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Ministers Exclude Emissions From ‘Environment Reporting'

The National Party Government has today revealed that the national environmental report topics for this year will, incredibly, exclude New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

No Retrial: Freedom At Last For Teina Pora

The Māori Party is relieved that the Privy Council has cleared the final legal hurdle for Teina Pora who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison for 22 years. More>>

ALSO:

Germanwings Crash: Privacy Act Supports Aviation Safeguards In New Zealand

Reports that German privacy laws may have contributed to the Germanwings air crash have prompted New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner to reassure the public that the Privacy Act is no impediment to medical practitioners notifying appropriate authorities to a pilot’s health concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Taranaki Iwi Ngāruahine Settles Treaty Claims For $67.5mln

The settlement includes a $13.5 million payment the government made in June 2013, as well as land in the Taranaki region. The settlement also includes four culturally significant sites, the Waipakari Reserve, Te Kohinga Reserve, Te Ngutu o te Manu and Te Poho o Taranaki. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news