Petition to Kaipara District Council, Mayor and Councillors of Kaipara District Council
Ban Single-use Plastic Bags in Kaipara
We the undersigned citizens of the Kaipara District request that the Kaipara District council introduces a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags. for the following reasons Over 40,000 plastic check-out bags are dumped in landfills every hour in New Zealand Plastic Bags pollute New Zealand streams, rivers and oceans and their ecosystems Plastic bags take 500 years to break down in landfills Plastic shopping bags are not FREE…they are a cost to retailers, to our environment and to us.
Petition to Bill English
NZ Property Ownership only with Citizenship/Permanent Residency
It seems downright silly to me that we allow non residents to buy New Zealand Houses and Land (Residential or Commercial), hell you actually don't have to be physically in the country to purchase property here! We are a unique country with a unique way of life that needs to be protected. I believe that people who have citizenship and residency here should be the only ones allowed to buy here. I think the reasons are basic common sense, those who have an interest here, have family here and a life here will look after their own back yard ensuring that future generations will have a place to call home.
Petition to Maggie barry (Department of Conservation), Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Nathan Guy
Cats or Rats? Don't let micro-chipping and curfews for cats become compulsory
Often people say: “ So what? If Microchipping for cats was compulsory – isn't that a good thing? Then lost or stolen cats and their owners can be reunited, can't they?” Well, let's put it this way: If this was the only effect, like in the statement that “stop smoking improves your health”, then yes, let's go for it. But there is more to consider: Compulsory Micro-chipping is dangerous. Because it opens the door to kill all lost, stray cats who are not chipped. Compulsory Micro-chipping would be a death sentence for strays!Imagine your own cat – although chipped, the moment she leaves your home and property, she will become more or less “stray” and fair game for all cat haters. The highly praised chip will not protect her from being killed. In fact, any micro-chipped but nevertheless unwelcome cat can be destroyed and disposed of without any consequences – like before when there was no mandatory micro-chipping.Not all scanners are created equal. Some are better than others at reading a wide variety of microchips. That means: A pet may get lost, found, scanned and euthanized if the scanner comes up “empty”. Microchips can also be faulty or fail over time and often migrate into other parts of the body. It's not only the scanner that fails!What's then the point of having your pet micro-chipped if you can't get him back? By the way: there is always the possibility to tax Companion Cats once they are registered. And what about Curfews for cats? Just imagine farm cats: How do they “work?” Contained and under a 24 hour or nightly curfew as often suggested? To such an extent restricted, their help to get farms rid of vermin would certainly be made impossible. Any farm cat has to be free roaming, which implies of course at least a certain “stray effect”. Moreover: Many farm cats are actually stray – in the term's true sense, as they only come home for their daily milk allowance, their tucker and a cuddle from the farmer's kids. Therefore it is very important to adhere to the 3 approved categories of cats (see Animal Welfare Act): Companion-,Stray- and Feral. Dr John Flux, Zoologist and Ecologist says: “Keeping cats indoors at night is the completely wrong thing to do if we want to protect birdlife in our towns and cities. Cats catch rodents rather than birds at night and rodents are a much bigger threat to birds”. When a cat has caught 10 rats, she has in fact saved the lives of hundreds of birds. And there is something else: Let's call it the patronizing of our society because of the authorities' increasing distrust in the majority of their citizens. Don't you believe that we know best what's good for our family members? Without the interference of others?
Petition to Hon. Shane Jones
Less pine, more permanent natives! Rethink the Billion Trees Project.
We want indigenous species to be at least half of the trees grown in the next ten years under the Billion Trees Project. And we want stricter controls on the exotic forestry industry to protect soil from erosion and waterways from harvest slash. As Minister of Forestry and Minister of Regional Economic Development, Hon. Shane Jones has committed New Zealand to planting a billion trees between 2018 and 2027. 500 million of these trees have already been planned to be planted by the forestry industry, mostly replacing pine trees they are going to harvest over the next ten years. Pine harvesting creates a range of serious environmental problems - particularly erosion and slash debris that are carried into waterways clogging streams, rivers and beaches with massive impacts on water life along with other risks like flooding. The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry spent many years being designed and reviewed and came into effect on 1 May 2018, but they are not strong enough to prevent planting and harvesting on steep, erosion-prone land. Regional councils and central government need to ensure soils and waterways are protected better. At present only 13% of trees to be planted under the Billion Trees Project are indigenous species, most of these will be Mānuka. The government has a huge opportunity to create economic opportunities for rural communities by investing more in permanent native bush regeneration that includes sustainable and selective harvesting of native species rather than clear-felling. This option will be better for the land, better for waterways, better for biodiversity, better for the climate and NZ's international obligations, better for economic development by producing unique, high value natural products rather than high volume, low value commodities that create huge roading costs let alone CO2 emissions, erosion and massive slash problems. - - - The slash in the photo (taken 4 June 2018 by Tolaga Bay Area School and shared via Facebook) is at a site that has a recent history of similar ecological disasters caused by the forestry industry (that continues to minimise both their responsibility and the environmental impacts of their activities).
Petition to Rachael Beamsley
Establishing A Visible Environmental Rating On Retail Stores
To the house of representatives In order to reduce the harm done by destructive manufacturing processes, we are petitioning what there should be a mandatory rating system placed on products sold in New Zealand. This would be based on how circular the companies production processes are, how much carbon they emit during these processes, and how much they contribute to landfills. We believe by having a rating system on products the consumer will be able to easily decide if they want to support a company based on their environmental impacts. This would be similar to the health star rating already on a lot of food products in our supermarkets. It would simplify a rather complicated and complex situation for the everyday person. The ultimate benefits of a rating system visible on the storefront to the public will be upholding responsibility of the retailer, instant ease of education to shoppers, and less environmental damage. It will be the first rating system compulsory in New Zealand. The time has come for businesses to become more responsible by having to declare their status so that shoppers can make informed decisions. As of yet, people have to rely on deciphering research in order to figure out a businesses environmental rating, or read the label to find out where a clothes made. The problem with people doing research to work out how a business runs has the risk of the research being outdated, with the business not having the right chance at redemption. The problem with people reading where a product is made is because that encourages assumptious thinking about a certain country. How the rating would work would follow this EMS system.. Our 5 stars environmental rating system are based on giving each star a categories for reducing wasted based on 1. Social Return on Investment (Such as encourage locals by rewarding customer for recycling their product). 2. Material Life Cycle such as their renovations waste will go towards recycling factories rather than the waste landfill. 3. Adaptation & Resilience in their building structure such as building are made stronger that will withstand earthquakes that might destroy the buildings. 4. Contribution towards the environment ( local business provide tools for supporting environmental organisations) 5. Circular economy is an approach to environmental sustainability characterised by the creation of economic models where no negative environmental impact is generated. As an illustration, we can implement our rating system by looking at one of New Zealand local business such as the New World. In terms of the 5 categories in our rating system idea. New World has been rewarding its customer in the North Island New World by giving each customer 5 cents off their shop for each reusable bag used at checkout – up to a limit of 50 cents per visit (New world,2018). This would mean that New World earns a Social return investment star. Besides that, in October 2015 New World has started of soft plastic packaging recycling at stores for the first time in New Zealand which they earn a star for Material Life Cycle. In addition, the New world also earns a star for contribution towards supporting an environmental organization: sea cleaners which they provide income and tools for this environmental organization in reducing plastic bags in our ocean (New World, 2018). There are some practicalities that need to be considered before implementing this rating system. However, the main two we have determined have ways to be mitigated. Organisations not cooperating: Businesses may not cooperate with the rating system by manipulating the information that is used to determine their rating, doing everything in the power to not participate, or attempt legal action (similar to what happened when the Australian government implemented plain packaging of cigarettes in 2012). One way to overcome this is to get the organisation involved in the decision making process, for example before finalisation let them have their say on which variables should be considered.Another is implement incentive for companies that do participate and cooperate with the system. As well as for those that make changes to their environmental policies to get a better grade.2. The immense scale of the proposal: The scale of the proposal is another problem that needs to be taken into account. Since this proposal plans to takes all businesses operating in New Zealand into account it is a massive task that cannot be implemented quickly To overcome this we suggest implementing it in phases by the product, service or type of business category (e.g. technology, food, retail). By implementing it in phases it also allows time to iron out any unforeseen kinks in the system and reduce the pressure of implementing such a large system.
Petition to New Zealand Transport Agency
NZTA: Complete Four Lane Sections on SH16
On completion of the NZTA 'Safer Roads Alliance' and Auckland Transport State Highway 16 upgrades in 2020 two sections of the Highway will remain two lanes and this will cause a bottle-necks and associated traffic congestion back into the Kumeu and Huapai township.Creating four lanes from the new Tapu/Station Road intersection to 120 Main Road (New World) and then from 36 Main Road (bridge) to the Taupaki Roundabout will deal with the transfer of congestion when the 'Safer Roads' work improves traffic flow south of Kumeu; it will assist in dealing with the additional traffic anticipated from the 1200 dwellings in the Huapai Triangle 'Special Housing Area'; it will reduce congestion caused by two lanes merging into one lane and back to two lanes; it will create a safer road environment allowing vehicles to enter and exit businesses and potentially create dedicated public transport lanes during peak times in the future.The undersigned request that the Government and NZTA start planning work and identify a budget to complete construction by the time the Huapai Triangle 'Special Housing Area' is completed in 2021.
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.