by Russel Norman
OK, how bad can it get. Currently Horokiri, Ration and Pauatahanui Streams near Porirua are strongly protected under the Wellington Regional Freshwater Plan. And for good reason – they are the home of a lot of endangered New Zealand fish.
But these streams and their gullies are also the proposed route for Transmission Gully motorway from Porirua to Kapiti.
So you guessed it. The Nats are moving to de-protect these stream so they can build the motorway on them.
They are doing this by rushing through a plan change using the Environmental Protection Agency.
So to recap, the Govt is using the Environmental Protection Agency to remove protection from endangered New Zealand fish habitat so that we can build a motorway on it, with the resulting increase in greenhouse emissions.
George Orwell eat your heart out.
The EPA are asking for submissions. I suggest you tell them what you think while having no illusions about Nats intentions.
NOTE: Below is an extract from the NZ Transport Agency application to the EPA with the proposed changes to the Regional Freshwater Plan in bold :
(2) Adverse effects which cannot be avoided are remedied to the extent practicable;
(3) Adverse effects which cannot be avoided or remedied are mitigated to the extent practicable;
(4) Adverse effects which cannot practicably be avoided, remedied or mitigated are offset.