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


Green Bill to protect waterways passes first reading

29 August 2012

Green Bill to protect waterways passes first reading

Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty’s Members Bill to close a loophole in the Resource Management Act allowing on-going pollution, passed it’s first reading today.

Catherine Delahunty’s Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill passed its first reading today, supported by all parties except for ACT and National.

The bill closes a loophole allowing on going pollution of waterways in ‘exceptional circumstances’, a provision which is being abused to allow for on-going pollution of rivers, in some cases for up to 35 years. This Bill restricts exceptional circumstances to five years.

“New Zealanders love our rivers, lakes and beaches and want them to be protected,” said Ms Delahunty.

“The exceptional circumstances loophole that my bill closes has been used to allow on-going pollution of the Tarawera River.

“The pulp mills have had no incentive since 1954 to clean up their effluent hence the river being known locally as The Black Drain. This is an opportunity to do something positive for the environment, and the tangata whenua and community who have called for change for so long.

“Exceptional circumstances are real but not indefinite, a five year timeframe is much more reasonable,” said Ms Delahunty.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism’s Changing Of The Guard, Plus A Soul Music Playlist

The weekend’s Newshub/Reid Research poll results - Act up to 11.1%, National up 1% but still sitting at only 28.7%, Labour down to 43%, the Greens up to 8.5% - shows that the combined centre right vote is still languishing nearly 12 points behind the combined centre-left vote, 45 months after the last centre-right government was voted out... More>>


Government: Offers Formal Apology For Dawn Raids
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today formally apologised to Pacific communities impacted by the Dawn Raids in the 1970s.

Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families... More>>

Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>


Human Rights Commission: Successive Governments Responsible For Massive Breaches Of The Right To A Decent Home

Te Kahu Tika Tangata / Human Rights Commission has today launched Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa and announced that it will hold a national inquiry into housing... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>




InfoPages News Channels