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

 


Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites

13 August 2014

Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites

The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up.

The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2011. Today the Government has announced funding for two sites to be cleaned up, and a prioritised list of ten sites with issues.

“This national register is a big step forward, and it’s great that the Government is using robust criteria following input from the Green Party,” said Green Party toxics spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

“New Zealanders will be pleased to see progress on the identification and cleaning up of toxic sites. The Green Party is proud of the role we have played in working with the Government to make this happen.

“It’s as a result of the MoU that there is a National Register of contaminated sites. New Zealanders love their country and have a right to know where contaminated sites are.

“The involvement of local communities in these clean-up projects is vital.

“We’re pleased that the national register has been established. We’re also working with the Government and Local Government New Zealand on ensuring greater transparency and consistency for the regional registers,” said Ms Delahunty.

“This an example of the Green Party’s proven leadership, working with others where there is common ground to achieve good green change,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

The Tui Mine remediation project – which was MoU - recently won the Arthur Mead Award, presented by the Auckland branch of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

“The recent award for the Tui Mine clean-up’s shows that toxic site clean-ups can be done, and can be done well,” said Ms Delahunty.

For more information:
Minister’s announcement including list of sites: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/initiative-prioritise-contaminated-sites-remediation

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news