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

 


Straterra slams Green Party claims against industry

14 March 2013

Straterra slams Green Party claims against industry

Straterra rejects Green Party list MP Catherine Delahunty’s misrepresentation of the mining industry, in relation to Straterra’s submission opposing her Private Member’s Bill seeking to limit to five years an “exceptional circumstances” provision in the RMA.

“How can Catherine Delahunty say that Straterra wants to “pollute our rivers,” Straterra policy analyst Bernie Napp said today. “That would be illegal. We have laws in this country. That is a ridiculous assertion.”

“The Ohinemuri River was lifeless until Newmont Waihi Gold came along and cleaned it up. It’s now one of the top trout streams in New Zealand. Look at Solid Energy’s water treatment plant on the Stockton plateau – this is state-of-the-art water management. Are these examples Ms Delahunty is thinking of?”

Straterra appeared today before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee on the Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill.

Mr Napp said all businesses have to meet their consent requirements under the Resource Management Act. “The ‘exceptional circumstances’ provision sensibly provides leeway for a business but only if the overall effects are no more than minor, and if that discharge is provided for in a regional plan, and if exceptional circumstances exist. That is a very high bar.”

“The main event now is the Government’s RMA reforms. New Zealand is heading to a new world in its management of freshwater, which will involve conversations with communities about what they want for their waterbodies. That approach is far better than picking off one bit of the Act without considering the legislation as a whole,” Mr Napp said.

For more information visit www.straterra.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news