Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Fonterra should clean up its act

Press release from Forest & Bird follows:

Forest & Bird calls on Fonterra to clean up its act on the Manawatu River

9 August 2006

Fonterra should be helping clean up the Manawatu River, not polluting it with wastewater, Forest & Bird says.

This week Horizons Regional Council granted Fonterra permission to discharge up to 8500 cubic metres of wastewater a day – the equivalent of 280 milk tankers – into the river from its Longburn dairy factory for the next 15 years.

Forest & Bird was one of 18 groups, including the Department of Conservation, Ngati Raukawa, Fish and Game and MidCentral Health, who opposed Fonterra’s application to dump the wastewater.

Horowhenua Branch Secretary Joan Leckie says Forest & Bird is disappointed that consent was granted, and would support those groups that have signalled that they may appeal the decision in the Environment Court.

Meanwhile Forest & Bird would encourage Fonterra to be a better corporate citizen and work towards protecting the environment in Manawatu.

“As New Zealand’s biggest exporter, Fonterra sells its products to international markets that demand that those products are produced in an environmentally sustainable way. We would be happy to work with Fonterra to help it meet those expectations.”

Forest & Bird urged Fonterra to set a timetable to fulfil the commitment its makes on its website to “minimising the impact of dairying on the environment,” including responsible treatment of wastewater, and “to achieve clean, healthy water in dairying on streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands.”

“Fonterra is insisting that its farmers clean up their own waterways, while it is continuing to discharge wastewater into the river – we would like to see Fonterra reconsider the impact its own actions is having on the Manawatu River.”

Fonterra could demonstrate that it genuinely wanted to clean up waterways by supporting Forest & Bird’s efforts to protect the Manawatu Estuary, Joan Leckie says.

Last year, thanks to Forest & Bird, Manawatu Estuary was accorded international status as a Wetland of Significance under the Ramsar Convention, a global treaty on wetland protection. Its Ramsar status will be officially acknowledged in a ceremony on October 14.

Joan Leckie says the effect of Fonterra’s wastewater on the estuary ecosystem was not yet known – something improved monitoring could address.

Fonterra is just one of about a dozen major polluters of the Manawatu River, including Palmerston North City Council, Linton Army Camp, Richmond Tannery, a piggery, and other towns’effluent and stormwater systems, but that is no excuse, Joan Leckie says.

“We know that Fonterra would like to be seen as an environmentally responsible company. We invite it to start behaving in an environmentally sustainable manner by cleaning up its act in Manawatu.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Professor Ian Shirley: The Budget That Failed Auckland

The 2016 budget offered Auckland nothing in the way of vision or hope and it continued the National Government’s threats against the Auckland Council. Threatening the Council with over-riding its democratic processes if it fails to release land for housing is a bullying tactic aimed at diverting attention away from the fundamental problems with housing in the region. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post Cab Presser: Budgets, Trusts And Pacific Diplomacy

Today Prime Minister John Key summarised last week’s budget and provided further detail about his upcoming trip to Fiji. He said that there has been “plenty going on” in the last couple of weeks and emphasised the need for Auckland council to facilitate more housing supply. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke: A Failure Of Measurement: Inside The Budget Lock-Up

Shortly after the embargo lifted at 2pm news organisations started filing reports claiming that health, and to a lesser extent housing and education, were the ‘big winners’ out of the Budget. It failed to take into account the fact that in most cases the apparent increases were in fact cuts. Because of the twin effects of inflation and population. More>>

ALSO:

DOCtored Figures: Minister Clarifies DOC Budget

“Commentators have overlooked the fact $20.7m of that perceived shortfall is new funding for Battle for our Birds 2016, provided for in last week’s Budget...” DOC also has approval in principle to carry over a further $20m to 16/17 due to unexpected delays in a number of projects. More>>

ALSO:

For The Birds: Gordon Campbell On The Budget

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. . More>>

Max Rashbrooke On The 2016 Budget

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost nothing to address the country’s most deep-rooted, systemic social problems. Indeed the Budget hints that these problems may get worse. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news