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Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Transport and Industrial Relations select committee, Alastiar Scott, Andrew Bayly, Peeni Henare, Iain Lees-Galloway, Clayton Mitchell, Sue Moroney, Parmjeet Parmar, Denise Roche, Maurice Williamson, Jian Yang, Jonathan Young

Footpath cycling - make it legal for kids, seniors and other vulnerable people

Under current law it is illegal for kids to cycle on the footpath, with two very tiny exceptions (very small wheels and delivering newspapers or junk mail).  This is a problem because: it discourages kids from cycling, as roads are too busy and dangerous for their level of skill and development to keep kids safe parents must encourage their kids to break the law It doesn't make sense and it needs to change. Why do we care? We want our kids to be able to safely ride to school, soccer or around their neighbourhood.  We want to make it easy to get active.  Families who want to go for a ride are forced to load their bikes onto the car and drive to dedicated facilities. We want to teach our children to obey the law, not pick and choose We care about our aging population and other vulnerable cyclists We still want safe and connected cycleways for everyone to use but we also want kids to be able to use the footpath to get to and from them. We need kids to be physically active to keep them healthy We want to be able to teach our kids to be responsible, courteous and considerate path users.  This will make them better drivers. We need to let our politicians know that this is something we care about, and that we want changed NOW.  They need to hear that it is no longer a low priority and it needs to come out of the "too hard" pile.  They need to hear that this is something that all New Zealanders care about, that we want to keep our kids and vulnerable riders safe without them having to break the law.  We want change.

Jo Clendon
707 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Nicole Rosie (Chief Executive), Mike Hargreaves

Enforce the NZ laws protecting bees

New Zealand Law protects bees (and beekeepers).  Worksafe NZ are the guardians of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Regulations.  Under this legislation it is a criminal offence to spray products which are eco-toxic around bees (Hazard class 9.4).  The product sprayed is classified as 9.4 by the Environmental Protection Authority.  It is now up to Worksafe NZ to investigate and uphold the NZ Law.  Case Study:  A specialist beekeeper had their apiary deliberately vandalised and toxic chemicals applied (Insecticide classified as a 9.4 Hazard).  The culprit sent a text message to the beekeeper from their work phone.  The culprit didn't say exactly what had been sprayed. The culprit did say they had sprayed 17 beehive entry holes. It appears the text message was sent to prevent the beekeeper from carrying out any further work, and to intimidate/bully the beekeeper. The beekeeper immediately attended the workplace/apiary accompanied by police. They found the culprit leaving the site. When confronted the culprit said she was allergic to bees.  The police suggested that the culprit might just be using bullying tactics and might not have actually sprayed.  The police and beekeeper found the culprit had moved hives 100m on arrival at the property around 10am. This would be potentially lethal to the hives (as it was late in the season - not much new brood) as the foraging bees wouldn't find their way back in the new location. Bees were flying back to location of the original hives. The hives couldn't be put back without risking further insecticide contamination.  The culprit gave the name of a non-existent insecticide for five months, defying Worksafe protocol in the process and flouting maximum fines of $55,000. This prevented informed clean up, testing or prosecution.  The culprit then made serious threats in writing which were followed by serious actions against the Health and Safety Representative. The threats and actions mentioned the Worksafe protocols demonstrating a clear connection.  With the threat of expensive testing hanging overhead the culprit has now named an actual product, perhaps to avoid liability for what would be a costly testing exercise to scan for a wide range of chemicals. While most insecticides would obviously be lethal to bees, only certain ones are classified as 9.4 highly eco-toxic.  These ones contain eco-toxic symbols and warnings "DO NOT SPRAY NEAR BEES". The Environmental Protection Authority has confirmed that the product used is a 9.4 Hazard - Toxic to terrestrial invertebrates (eg insects - bees).  Regulation 49 prohibits the spraying of class 9.4 hazards (certain specified insecticides which are eco-toxic) around bees.  49Use of substances ecotoxic to terrestrial invertebrates(1)A person must not apply a class 9.4 substance in an application area— (a) if bees are foraging in the area and the substance is in a form in which bees are likely to be exposed to it; or(b) to any plant or tree that is likely to be visited by bees if— (i) the plant or tree is in open flower or part bloom; or(ii) the plant or tree is likely to flower after application of the substance within a period specified by the Authority.(2) The period specified by the Authority must not be longer than 10 days.

Enforce the eco-toxic regulations
1,061 supporters