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Petition to Air New Zealand

Encourage Air New Zealand to allow dogs to fly on board domestic flights

New Zealand is finally catching up with the rest of the world! Wellington recently started allowing pets on public transport.A Christchurch Mall now allows their customers to bring their dogs out for a day shopping.And the rest of the country is starting to relax around dining out with your pets (although still reluctantly outdoors for majority of places)We would LOVE if Air New Zealand could show how progressive they are and start allowing dogs on board domestic flights.Airlines all across the world allow dogs to travel in cabin on domestic flights. It is much less stress for both the dog and the owner to know they are safe and calm during a flight. Check out @vincenzopepito on Instagram and his amazing travel stories. We are lucky enough that NZ domestic flights are all relatively short. If a dog can handle a 6 hour journey from LAX to NYC, then even Kerikeri to Invercargill is a walk in the park. Air New Zealand has the ball in their court on this, if they were the first to introduce it, they could literally state any conditions for carriage they like, such as:Having to book a full fare seat for the pet, and making sure that their owner sat between them and another passenger. Having to contain the pet in a carry case/bag (popular conditions stipulated by the NYC Subway system) Have a national pet passport for each animal, that will allow the airlines to ban any animal that could not behave in flight. (if only we could do that with children!)Restricting peak flight bookings.Airlines already have conditions in place for service dogs, as it is required by law to do so, such as mats for them to be seated on and certain ways they handle bookings. There are easy ways to ensure all passengers are happy with their flight conditions. Luckily most domestic flights in NZ use small planes so would not have someone sitting by a dog that wasn't comfortable to do so. We would pay a full fare (and more) to be able to travel with our boy more easily. We love to travel NZ and with more dog friendly accommodation available and even more places allowing pets, it seems a shame to ignore the huge potential tourism opportunity for pet travel within the country.The stress and logistics of cargo carriage with a pet on flights around the country make it the kind of option you save for a necessary trip or a move. Not the kind of thing you do for a weekend away. The last flight we took from Hamilton to Wellington was on a freezing cold winter morning, after being delayed while waiting for the fog to lift, we then spent the the whole flight listening to the cries of a puppy in the cargo hold. Although I trust that Air NZ do everything they can to ensure a comfortable flight for a pet, if the owner is flying too, please, please let us bring them on board. We have been lucky enough to spend quite a few vacations around the North Island happily with our dog in tow, finding some great kiwi hospitality and showing our "Down the farm" attitude that dogs are a part of the family now. No longer resigned to spending their life in the back yard, or in the kennel. Dogs are complex emotional creatures who thrive on company and love nothing more than being included in a family outing.  New Zealand's general attitude towards dogs in public is incredibly behind the rest of the world. We have enjoyed Holidays all over the USA where we saw many happy dogs of all sizes dining out with their families and shopping, and riding the public transport. The main factor that we noticed is that the general public don't blink an eye towards a dog at a restaurant or in a shopping mall, and because these dogs have been allowed to do so their whole life, they are extraordinarily well behaved and know what is expected of them. New Zealand will never get to the stage of having a harmonious relationship with dogs in public unless we let them show us how well they can handle it. We are constantly met with pleasantly surprised reactions to our dog when we travel with him, he has been on wine tours around Waiheke Island, Matakana wine country, Taupo and the Hawkes bay. He has been coming to cafe's with us since he was fully vaccinated and into any places that will let him. Because he has been constantly exposed to different environments, he is placid and happy to just be wherever we are. This is the case for every modern dog owner we know of in NZ, we just need to let them teach the rest of society that this is possible! We would love to see some signatures of support to show Air New Zealand that there is backing behind this! 

Fin Coulston
26 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

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). 

Manu Caddie
3,387 supporters
Started 2 months ago

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.

Rachael Beamsley
115 supporters