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Government’s bottom lines for water create a licence to pollute
The Government has pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, the Green Party said today. The Green Party was commenting on the Government's national bottom lines for water quality released today by Environment Minister Amy Adams. They amend the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management to set a national bottom line for human health of secondary contact recreation. This means that rivers only have to be clean enough for wading or boating but don't have to be clean enough to swim in. "New Zealander's want clean rivers that they can swim in. Around 90 percent of public submissions called for this. Yet the Government's weak bottom lines have ignored public views and will allow our rivers to become more polluted," said Green Party water spokesperson Eugenie Sage. While water quality must be maintained or improved across a region, the minimal acceptable state for rivers is to meet a standard of secondary contact recreation. This means making our


ACC investments risking native species
The National Government has invested in a gold drilling company whose activities threaten a critically endangered native frog species, the Green Party has revealed today.Despite being a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has made a significant but failed investment in gold drilling company Antipodes Gold, which plans to mine in the habitat of the critically endangered Archey's Frog in the Coromandel Forest Park.The Archey's frog is one of the world's rarest frogs. It can only be found in two locations in New Zealand and is the highest ranked EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) amphibian in the world."Another day, another eco-felony from the National Government," said Green Party Mining spokesperson Catherine Delahunty."This is another example of National sacrificing New Zealand's precious native species and wildlife in order to give the mining industry a leg-up."Whether it's allowing oil exploration







Government’s bottom lines for water create a licence to pollute
The Government has pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, the Green Party said today. The Green Party was commenting on the Government's national bottom lines for water quality released today by Environment Minister Amy Adams. They amend the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management to set a national bottom line for human health of secondary contact recreation. This means that rivers only have to be clean enough for wading or boating but don't have to be clean enough to swim in. "New Zealander's want clean rivers that they can swim in. Around 90 percent of public submissions called for this. Yet the Government's weak bottom lines have ignored public views and will allow our rivers to become more polluted," said Green Party water spokesperson Eugenie Sage. While water quality must be maintained or improved across a region, the minimal acceptable state for rivers is to meet a standard of secondary contact recreation. This means making our


Whaling must be top of agenda for Japan PM visit
New Zealand must make protecting whales a priority during next week's visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week after recently outlining an intention to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling."New Zealand needs to exert diplomatic pressure on the Japanese Government over whaling during Prime Minister Abe's visit to New Zealand," Mr Hughes said."As one of the countries that took Japan to the International Court of Justice over whaling, and won, we must keep up the pressure on Japan to turn its back on slaughtering whales in the Southern Ocean."New Zealanders want to see a strong message sent to Prime Minister Abe that hunting whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is unacceptable and unlawful."While Prime Minister John Key will be no doubt be fixated upon the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement he must also make sure that New Zea







Government underfunding jeopardises recycling
The Government's underfunding of the TV Takeback scheme jeopardises the whole e-waste drop-off network across the country, the Green Party said today. The TV Takeback scheme was put in place to deal with the glut of old TVs needing to be recycled arising from the digital switch over. RCN E-Waste Limited the company that processed the TV's collected for recycling has recently been put into liquidation. "It costs money to recycle all TVs. Right now TV importers and manufactures are passing the burden of recycling their products onto taxpayers and recycling companies," Green Party waste spokesperson Denise Roche said. "Community recyclers have been left with hundreds of old TVs, and out of pocket, and a TV recycling company has gone bust because the Government has not paid for the full cost of transporting and recycling TVs during the scheme. "Linking the TV Takeback scheme to the digital rollout meant the design of the scheme was rushed. While it ensured thousands of TVs didn't end up be


Government underfunding jeopardises recycling
The Government's underfunding of the TV Takeback scheme jeopardises the whole e-waste drop-off network across the country, the Green Party said today. The TV Takeback scheme was put in place to deal with the glut of old TVs needing to be recycled arising from the digital switch over. RCN E-Waste Limited the company that processed the TV's collected for recycling has recently been put into liquidation. "It costs money to recycle all TVs. Right now TV importers and manufactures are passing the burden of recycling their products onto taxpayers and recycling companies," Green Party waste spokesperson Denise Roche said. "Community recyclers have been left with hundreds of old TVs, and out of pocket, and a TV recycling company has gone bust because the Government has not paid for the full cost of transporting and recycling TVs during the scheme. "Linking the TV Takeback scheme to the digital rollout meant the design of the scheme was rushed. While it ensured thousands of TVs didn't end up be







Whaling must be top of agenda for Japan PM visit
New Zealand must make protecting whales a priority during next week's visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week after recently outlining an intention to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling."New Zealand needs to exert diplomatic pressure on the Japanese Government over whaling during Prime Minister Abe's visit to New Zealand," Mr Hughes said."As one of the countries that took Japan to the International Court of Justice over whaling, and won, we must keep up the pressure on Japan to turn its back on slaughtering whales in the Southern Ocean."New Zealanders want to see a strong message sent to Prime Minister Abe that hunting whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is unacceptable and unlawful."While Prime Minister John Key will be no doubt be fixated upon the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement he must also make sure that New Zea


ACC investments risking native species
The National Government has invested in a gold drilling company whose activities threaten a critically endangered native frog species, the Green Party has revealed today.Despite being a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has made a significant but failed investment in gold drilling company Antipodes Gold, which plans to mine in the habitat of the critically endangered Archey's Frog in the Coromandel Forest Park.The Archey's frog is one of the world's rarest frogs. It can only be found in two locations in New Zealand and is the highest ranked EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) amphibian in the world."Another day, another eco-felony from the National Government," said Green Party Mining spokesperson Catherine Delahunty."This is another example of National sacrificing New Zealand's precious native species and wildlife in order to give the mining industry a leg-up."Whether it's allowing oil exploration










 
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