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new zealand

35 petitions

Started 2 days ago

Petition to Opunake & Districts Business Association

A Single-Use Plastic Free Opunake

Please help reduce the consumption of single-use plastics in Opunake  This is an urgent call to the businesses of Opunake to stop using and selling single-use plastics. The abolishment of single-use plastics such as plastic bags and plastic straws in our small town would be a great start to repairing the environment and protecting marine life!   With your show of support, we can show the rest of the nation what a small town can do and become trend-setters here in New Zealand.  Single-use plastics, otherwise known as disposable plastics, are plastic products that are intended to be used once before they are thrown away. The most commonly used single use plastics are plastic bags, straws, water bottles and food packaging.   Single-use plastic is one of the most damaging products to ever be invented. Single-use plastics have an extremely negative impact on the environment. The production process of single-use plastic is also damaging to the environment as methane is released and contributes to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions therefore contributing to climate change.   As a coastal town, Opunake is a great town to attempt to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we use. Marine life is heavily impacted by these single-use plastics with fish and seabirds eating the plastic having mistaken it for food. Every year approximately 100,000 tons of plastic end up in our oceans.   However, there are still small steps we can take as a community to make a change. By drastically reducing our consumption of single-use plastic items we will be heading in the right direction to lessen the impact humans are having on climate change. There are many alternative products we could use in place of single-use plastics, such as re-usable shopping bags and paper straws.   Please sign and share this call of support and play your part in conserving the environment and decreasing climate change.

Lyndsay Ralph
60 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Clare Curran MP for the Dunedin South electorate, South Dunedin Labour Electorate Committee, New Zealand Council

Clare Curran: Stand Down as Dunedin South MP

Strike 3 - You're Out! The Dunedin south area gets an unfair, bad rap and has negative connotations attached to it, especially in the wider Dunedin area. Many hardworking volunteer groups and individuals try hard every day to combat these stereotypes, but we are undermined when our own Member of Parliament cannot conduct herself in a professional manner. The actions of Clare Curran during her time as a Minister have been very damaging and reflect poorly on the people of South Dunedin because our local Labour members nominate and select her, and our people living in the electorate vote to put our trust in her during the general election. This means our ability to judge who best represents us as an electorate is under constant scrutiny. We trust that our MP will act in the best interests of Dunedin South and the country, but Clare has proved herself to be an unprofessional and incompetent Minister, and her time as an opposition MP since 2008 has been filled with what some consider to be "treachery" at Labour branch level and inaction and ineffectiveness at electorate level. Had Clare been guilty of a few minor mistakes, we would likely not be calling for her total resignation from parliament. However, given the serious nature of her conduct and the fact that the saga keeps continuing to put South Dunedin in a negative spotlight on the national stage, we respectfully ask that Clare do the right thing by her constituents and give us the chance to vote for an alternative representative in a by-election. Clare has indicated that she resigned from her portfolios because the drama and scrutiny surrounding her conduct was a distraction and reflected badly on her Prime Minister and Government. That being the case, why can't Clare show her constituents the same level of respect and resign totally so we aren't likewise being reflected upon badly? Has Clare taken our support for granted? Are we not also worth considering, or are we just a "safe bet" and an afterthought for the South Dunedin Labour party? 

New Zealand Liberation Action
36 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Chris Hipkins, Ministry of Education

Include Mental Health Education in the NZ Secondary School Curriculum

According to the Ministry of Social Development in 2016, ‘New Zealand's youth (15–24 years) suicide rate was the highest among the 34 OECD countries, ahead of Finland for males and Korea for females.’ That is a horrifying and shameful statistic.  Whether we blame things like social media, post-colonization or a ‘harden up’ culture, we’re missing the point; our young people are struggling, and currently we’re not doing much to help. To focus our attention on identifying what contributes to depression and other psychological disorders is to assume that we can somehow control each and every one of these factors - this approach is not practical in the real world, and it doesn't provide a solution. But we do know what works in other areas like teenage pregnancy, and that is education. Including mental health in the NZ high school curriculum, alongside subjects like sexual health and nutrition, can empower our youth to the degree that they’re not just capable of managing their own psychological health - they can identify the warning signs in others, too, and create networks of support in their own communities for those around them. The possibilities for positive change can be exponential.  We know that the introduction of sexual health education has led to fewer rates of pregnancy among young people. Our youth have proven that they’re more than capable of navigating their own lives and making the right decisions when they’ve been given the proper set of tools. Let’s do that by introducing mental health to the New Zealand high school curriculum.

Jasmine Strange
343 supporters