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

 


Dunne Cautiously Welcomes Water Quality Statement

Dunne Cautiously Welcomes Water Quality Statement

UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne cautiously welcomes today’s National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management.

“UnitedFuture has long been an advocate for supporting all Kiwis who like to spend time in our outdoors.

“Improving our freshwater quality is an important part of that.

“Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction, but it is no time to be complacent” said Mr Dunne.

The National Policy Statement requires that regional councils meet a range of measures regarding freshwater quality.

The two major priorities are for fresh water to have life supporting capacity and for people’s health to be safeguarded if they are wading or boating in freshwater.

“I would like to see that threshold raised to require most freshwater bodies be safe for swimming.

“But we need to make sure fresh water is safe for recreation sooner rather than later” said Mr Dunne.

“We need to recognise that local authorities are charged with critical responsibility and it is imperative we ensure they have sufficient resources to meet that charge.

“It is time we looked at a resource rental for commercial water takes and pollution tariff for any discharge into waterways” Mr Dunne said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Anne Tolley’s
Callous Folly

Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action...

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

 

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament

A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news