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

 


Dirty Streams Accord

20 February 2013

Dirty Streams Accord

Voluntary accords like the new Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord are no substitute for effective rules and standards, the Green Party said today.

Dairy New Zealand today released its Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord, which revises Fonterra’s 2003 Clean Streams Accord.

“A voluntary accord is no substitute for effective rules with controls on intensive farming and clear standards for water quality and limits on pollutants,” said Green Party environment spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

“The voluntary water accord also risks allowing land users to continue to oppose regional rules that set limits on nutrient leaching and other pollutants. Federated Farmers, for example, has appealed the Environment Court’s decision on Manawatu’s One Plan to uphold rules limiting nutrient leaching.

“The onus is on the dairy industry to explain why it won’t commit to binding targets. The voluntary accord gives too much wriggle room and has no sanction for breaches.

“Our clean green reputation and New Zealanders’ right to clean, swimmable water in all our rivers, streams and lakes is worth more than good intentions.

“The new accord is about industry good practice but voluntary accords don’t stop pollution of our rivers, lakes and streams.

“Just look at the findings of the MAF 2011 review of progress on the Clean Streams Accord. Only 42% of farms had fenced and completely excluded stock from all streams that met the narrow accord definition of streams.

“The new water accord pushes back a deadline which was not met under the previous accord,” said Ms Sage.

The 2003 accord had a target of excluding all dairy cattle from 90% of streams, rivers and lakes by 2012. The new water accord extends this deadline to 31 May 2014.

“The Green Party is pleased that the new water accord covers all dairy companies, not just Fonterra, but the lack of measurable standards for improvements in water quality and clear enforcement mechanisms remain major shortcomings,” said Ms Sage.

“New Zealand has more than six million cows. Fonterra and the industry’s drive to increase cow numbers to maximise milk production will see our water pollution problems get worse.

“For water quality to improve we need national environmental standards to protect waterways from stock access and to set measurable limits on nitrates and other contaminants and rules controlling land use.”

Background:
In December 2011 MAF published a report on its survey of 587 Fonterra dairy farms subject to the Clean Streams Accord. It showed that:
Only 42% of farms had fenced and completely excluded stock from all streams which met the accord definition of streams;
Only 57% of accord waterways across or adjacent to surveyed farms were completed fenced and protected.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news