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

 

National’s toxic water culture seeps out

National’s toxic water culture seeps out in election campaign

11:30am, 14 September 2017

Clean water campaigners are challenging National Party leader Bill English’s claims on water quality, saying he is wrong and misleading voters about the National Party’s performance on addressing the issue.

Mr English told RNZ’s Checkpoint programme National is “getting on with the job” of dealing with water pollution and that before National came to power, “there was no agreed science on measuring water quality.”

Choose Clean Water spokesperson Marnie Prickett says Mr English is wrong.

“What English’s Government has really done is politicise water quality over the last nine years at the same time as pushing for further intensification of farming.

“This is just putting more and more pressure on our already suffering waterways and was starkly demonstrated early this year when National released water quality standards allowing even more faecal contamination of our communities’ swimming holes.”

Marnie Prickett says the Government’s approach is taking a heavy toll on our environment and people, and risking New Zealand’s international reputation.

“National’s determination to further intensify farming is putting more pressure on degraded waterways and communities already struggling to cope with water pollution problems.

“This is more evidence of the government’s toxic water culture, where PR is more important than protecting our communities’ fresh water and people’s health,” Marnie Prickett says.

Choose Clean Water is also challenging Bill English’s claim that there was no agreed science on measuring water quality before National took office.

Marnie Prickett says that simply isn’t true.

“The truth is, prior to the current National Government, freshwater scientists used the Australia New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council guidelines, which came out in 2000.

“The guidelines were used widely by councils and academics and recreational water quality guidelines were established in 2003 by the Ministries of Health and the Environment.

“These sort of statements should worry voters looking for action on water pollution. The National Party should stop misleading voters and provide real solutions to New Zealand’s freshwater crisis,” Ms Prickett says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages