water Archive

  • Eugenie Sage

    Silver Fern Farms fails the Waimakariri River - by Eugenie Sage

    [UPDATED] Silver Fern Farms Ltd’s recent application to Environment Canterbury to discharge treated meatworks waste(3500 cubic meters per day) including fat and faecal matter into the Waimakariri River highlights why we need change of Government . We need the stronger national bottomlines for water quality and a network of protected rivers as the Green Party […] read more
    July 17, 2014 5:07 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Tukituki Plan decision bad news for Government’s weak water quality rules - by Eugenie Sage

    Yesterday’s release of the Board of Inquiry’s final decisions on the regional plan provisions for the Tukituki River and catchment as part of the Ruataniwha dam project confirms that National’s favoured approach to bottom lines for water quality will not help our rivers. The Board of Inquiry for the Tukituki Catchment Proposal rejected the Government’s […] read more
    June 27, 2014 9:28 am - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Fight for democracy deserves international attention - by Eugenie Sage

    It’s now been four years since the National Government passed the law that removed the right of Cantabrians to vote for their regional council and  moved to appoint its own hand picked commissioners. They, not elected councillors, are making the crucial decisions about environmental and resource management  for the residents of New Zealand’s second largest […] read more
    May 2, 2014 12:37 pm - No Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Conflicts of interest in regional councils’ management of water - by Eugenie Sage

    Judith Collins failed to recognise the conflict of interest in having dinner with a Chinese border official and the CEO and director of the Oravida company on which her husband is a director. An equally troubling conflict of interest is occurring in regional councils. Water is a common property resource which regional councils manage on […] read more
    March 18, 2014 12:28 pm - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Walking for water - by Eugenie Sage

    Six months ago Lance Talstra had never been tramping.  Now he has walked more than 2,200 kms on the Te Araroa Trail to raise public awareness of the state of our waterways and water quality. He has walked most of the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga. He’s on his second pair of boots […] read more
    March 12, 2014 9:26 pm - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    We can make history in 2014 - by Gareth Hughes

    ” A Green government will invest in our people, will protect our environment and will build an economy which works for everyone.” read more
    February 12, 2014 7:34 pm - 11 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Water quality will get worse under Government’s policy proposals - by Eugenie Sage

    New Zealanders want our rivers, lakes and streams to be clean and safe for swimming and to support healthy fisheries. They don’t want them to be the equivalent of urban or farm drains. The Government’s response to public submissions on its proposed national objectives framework (NOF) and amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater […] read more
    February 10, 2014 9:15 pm - No Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Help save our rivers – make a quick submission - by Eugenie Sage

    New Zealanders are worried about our rivers and lakes. They want them better managed with less farm run-off.   In Lincoln University’s 2013 survey of perceptions of the state of the environment  respondents said freshwater management was the most important domestic environmental issue facing New Zealand, just as they did in 2010 and 2008 . Some […] read more
    January 31, 2014 2:24 pm - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Ruataniwha dam hearing process flawed - by Eugenie Sage

    Published in Hawke’s Bay Today on 12 July. Environment Minister Amy Adams and Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced their Board of Inquiry (BOI) for the Ruataniwha Dam and Plan Change 6 for the Tukituki catchment chosen this week. It is the 13th such hearing panel Ministers have established using the “call in“ procedures for […] read more
    July 15, 2013 1:01 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Water and Biodiversity - by Eugenie Sage

    Yesterday was the UN International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme for this year was Water and Biodiversity. In New Zealand our native freshwater species are extremely vulnerable. Our longfin eels are on a pathway to extinction yet are still being caught commercially. Other freshwater species have no or little protection compared to our terrestrial […] read more
    May 23, 2013 2:59 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Before we fix water quality we need to stop allowing more pollution - by Eugenie Sage

    The Prime Minister bragged about how much money his Government is spending on water clean-ups today, but he failed to admit that the money required for clean-up of our rivers and lakes will increase because of his policies. Nearly every study on water quality shows that land use intensification leads to water pollution. Yet the […] read more
    April 17, 2013 4:13 pm - 4 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Low flows on the Rangitaiki River - by Eugenie Sage

    Even before the summer’s drought began in earnest, the Rangitaiki River in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, has been victim to low flows, thanks to the TrustPower operated Matahina Dam upstream of Te Teko. On my February trip on the river our safety boat had only been in the water five minutes when it grounded […] read more
    April 16, 2013 11:46 am - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    The rapid roadshow – is this consultation? - by Eugenie Sage

    Monday saw the start of the Government’s rapid fire roadshow on its proposals to weaken the RMA and allow increased exploitation of our water. I’ve previously covered some of the Minister’s attempt to shut down debate on the proposals. I  just wanted to point out that that the timing of consultation meetings is important. If […] read more
    March 13, 2013 10:43 am - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Mourning local democracy in Canterbury - by Eugenie Sage

    National’s distaste for democracy and intolerance of dissenting views is increasing. Pre ‘quakes Cathedral Square was the heart of Christchurch. Two years later the public are still fenced out and kept behind the cordon. The Government’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) decides who can get access beyond the Army guards and security fence. CERA allows […] read more
    March 8, 2013 3:26 pm - 7 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Protecting our tuna/eels – Tuna legend Bill Kerr - by Eugenie Sage

    Bill Kerrison is a legend when it comes to tuna or eels and it was privilege to meet him during a recent Dirty Water tour in the Bay of Plenty. Over several decades he has transferred an estimated 25 million eels around Bay of Plenty dams such as the Matahina on the Rangitaiki River. New […] read more
    February 25, 2013 5:22 pm - 4 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Dirty Water Tour – the Waitara - by Eugenie Sage

    Taranaki’s Waitara River ranked dead last on the Ministry for the Environment recreational river water quality league table. So it was an obvious candidate for our Dirty Water Tour, highlighting community initiatives to clean up our rivers, lakes and estuaries. read more
    February 5, 2013 1:23 pm - 3 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    January water woes - by Eugenie Sage

    Summer should be about lazy days at the beach, picnics on the riverbank and swimming. But increasingly we have a new summer ritual of warnings in newspapers around the country; warnings telling you to stay out of the local beaches, lakes and many of the rivers where families and friends have traditionally gathered each summer. […] read more
    February 1, 2013 1:12 pm - 4 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    In defence of science - by Eugenie Sage

    While universities are primarily charged with promoting learning they also have a vital role as the critic and conscience of society.  Scientists ask questions, investigate, research, analyse the data and report on the results. Their work informs the public debate.  How then are we to interpret repeated attacks on university scientists such as Massey University’s […] read more
    December 4, 2012 4:46 pm - 168 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Fourth Dirty Water Tour starts in Southland - by Eugenie Sage

    I launched our fourth “Dirty Water Tour” this week at Invercargill’s New River Estuary, with Southland Green Party member Dave Kennedy, and Maurice Rodway of Fish and Game.  Invercargill could potentially overtake Oamaru as the heritage capital of the south  – distinctive and attractive heritage buildings abound. Natural heritage at the nearby New River Estuary, […] read more
    November 21, 2012 5:49 pm - 3 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    The Parliamentary week that was, 16-18 Oct, for Pacific communities - by Jan Logie

    This is the start of what I hope will be a periodic review of what’s been happening in Parliament and what it might mean for Pacific communities. This week I’ll focus on three possible law changes, two bad and one good. Youth Rates – the Government has introduced a Bill into the House to extend […] read more
    October 23, 2012 11:00 am - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Dilution is not the solution to pollution - by Eugenie Sage

    I was in Napier earlier last week trying to discourage the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) from proceeding with its mega dam, mega risky, $233 million Ruataniwha irrigation and hydro scheme. The scheme involves an 83 metre high concrete and rock dam and a 5 km long reservoir flooding the upper reaches of the Makaroro […] read more
    October 1, 2012 9:59 am - 7 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Protecting the Mokihinui - by Eugenie Sage

    At its July meeting the West Coast Conservation Board decided unanimously to request the New Zealand Conservation Authority to use its powers under section 8 of the National Parks Act to investigate adding the Mokihinui River catchment to Kahurangi National Park. I have written to Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and asked her to request the […] read more
    July 18, 2012 10:29 am - No Comments
  • frog

    Turbulent waters ahead for Government - by frog

    Anyone feel a hīkoi coming on? Angry protests on the cards? Cracks in the coalition? Iwi/Kiwi billboards and rednecks freaking out on talkback radio? One flip comment from the PM saying his Government could ignore whatever the Waitangi Tribunal decides about Māori water rights and it’s all on. The Māori Party formed over the divisive […] read more
    July 11, 2012 11:09 am - 151 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Regional councils launch new water website - by Eugenie Sage

    Check out a new website on water quality information launched this week. It’s a co-operative effort by regional and unitary councils to provide accessible water quality information for each of New Zealand‘s 16 regions in one place. A useful feature of the site is that it focuses on river catchments and that it provides information […] read more
    May 5, 2012 10:00 am - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Damming the Makaroro? - by Eugenie Sage

    There are many ways to get close to rivers : sitting on a the bank listening to the sound and music of the water, boulder hopping while tramping,  drifting gently down river in a kayak, or picking the best line through some noisy rapids on a bouncing raft but I had never tried fishing. As […] read more
    April 19, 2012 4:50 pm - 1 Comment
  • Gareth Hughes

    Stratford public meeting: unanimous support for fracking moratorium from the frontlines - by Gareth Hughes

    Last night I attended a public meeting in Stratford, Taranaki to discuss the local hydraulic fracturing or fracking occurring in the region. The community passed a unanimous motion to call on the Taranaki Councils to place an immediate moratorium on fracking, and to call for an independent inquiry into the process and what is occurring in Taranaki. read more
    March 1, 2012 2:25 pm - 3 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Frack No! Sign the Petition - by David Clendon

    A lot of New Zealanders  have not yet heard about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but many of those who do know something about it are worried, and rightly so! The technique is used to extract ‘unconventional’ oil and gas – that’s industry speak for sources of hydrocarbons that until recently were deemed too expensive or difficult to […] read more
    September 29, 2011 11:01 am - 16 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Boom times for oil and gas? - by David Clendon

    This morning’s  Dominion article about ‘boom times’ for the gas and oil exploration industry is an intriguing, even slightly funny, mix of boosterism, drum beating and dissimulation. The Chair of PEPANZ appears almost breathless with excitement as he seeks to fulfil the primary objective of his organisation, “to publicise, promote and advance the interests of […] read more
    September 7, 2011 9:59 am - 6 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Trustpower and the Govt plan to mine this national park – Rakaia River - by Russel Norman

    Last Saturday I went to pay my respects to one of the grand old men who built the Canterbury Plains, the Rakaia River. The Rakaia River is the greatest of the remaining untamed braided rivers. Starting in the Southern Alps it reaches the ocean south of Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora. It is one of the rivers that […] read more
    May 9, 2011 6:13 pm - 4 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Aucklanders, you know you’re drinking the Waikato River - by Russel Norman

    One in three New Zealanders (Auckland, Hamilton et al) have a very direct interest in the quality of the water coming down the Waikato River because their drinking water is extracted from that catchment. The more polluted that water is, the more expensive and difficult it is to treat it. So how bad is the water at the end of the Waikato river? read more
    April 29, 2011 5:05 pm - 18 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Visions of Christchurch: My Public Forum Series - by Kennedy Graham

    For the first few weeks, it was shovelling.  Then it was door-knocking.  Then it was fund-raising to buy food and deliver it to welfare centres, attending memorial services, participating in MP briefings, and travelling into the suburbs and Lyttelton for meetings with Green members and others. Now it is time to refocus and plan for […] read more
    April 29, 2011 3:57 pm - 3 Comments
  • frog

    Podcast: Russel’s Dirty Rivers Wrap-up - by frog

    Russel is about to wrap his second annual Dirty Rivers Rafting Tour. Russel has been visiting rivers that are either dangerously polluted, or threatened due to large dam and irrigation projects, and rafting or kayaking them with local environmentalists, whitewater enthusiasts, iwi, farmers, and media. The purpose of the tour is to highlight the threats […] read more
    April 29, 2011 3:47 pm - No Comments
  • David Clendon

    Restoring the Kaipara Harbour - by David Clendon

    I was really inspired when taking part in a hui at Puatahi Marae on Sunday, an open day for the Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group.  The group’s title is a mouthful, but there is nothing complicated about the vision they share, which is to restore the Kaipara, its mauri, its quality and its ecosystems back to what […] read more
    April 18, 2011 5:58 pm - 1 Comment
  • Russel Norman

    The last line of defence to save the Wairau River from TrustPower - by Russel Norman

    Meet Joan and John McLauchlan. They are farmers from the Wairau Valley near Blenheim and they are the last line of defence against TrustPower’s attempts to destroy the Wairau River. I launched my 2011 summer Rivers Tour on the Wairau River on Monday with 25 of us paddling down a section of the river. TrustPower, majority owned by […] read more
    January 12, 2011 10:57 am - 12 Comments
  • frog

    Democracy in NZ: Lost, Stolen or just Mislaid? - by frog

    Last weekend Jeanette Fitzsimons delivered the inaugural Rod Donald Memorial lecture to a packed audience in Christchurch. Here are some highlights of the speech and you can read the whole thing here. Running through the history of democracy has been the issue of just who is a member of society? In ancient Athens women and […] read more
    November 23, 2010 12:22 pm - 21 Comments
  • frog

    Factory farming in the Mackenzie Basin – again - by frog

    NZ Herald reports: Three companies are trying again to secure land use rights for large-scale dairy farming in the Omarama and Ohau regions of the South Island. They want to develop 16 dairy farms with up to 17,850 cows housed in cubicles. Looks like it’s the same people with the same sort of plans as […] read more
    October 5, 2010 12:38 pm - 4 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Hawkes Bay local elections - by Russel Norman

    Got an interesting email from Tom at the BayBuzz about the election up there. Thought this billboard that someone has put up was awesome. Apparently it has upset some of the local regional councillors who have overseen the pollution… read more
    September 21, 2010 10:45 pm - 8 Comments
  • frog

    Feds play games over Manawatu clean up - by frog

    So, 27 organisations in the Manawatu region including city & regional council, industrial players, iwi and environment groups have signed an historic agreement, committing to clean up the polluted Manawatu river. Great stuff. Only problem is, the farmers aren’t playing ball. read more
    August 10, 2010 11:51 am - 8 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    NIWA on water – the science is compelling - by Russel Norman

    Interesting lead article on freshwater in the relaunched NIWA magazine, Water and Atmosphere. Trend is worsening: NIWA states that water quality is degrading in our major rivers and that the ‘upward trend in temperature, nitrogen and phosphorus has strengthened in recent years’. Source of the pollution: ‘pastoral farming… is undoubtedly the main source of diffuse […] read more
    August 5, 2010 9:11 pm - 13 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Mangatarere Stream report – no dairy effluent storage - by Russel Norman

    This is one of the more detailed reports into a river system – the Mangatarere. Put out by Wellington regional council yesterday. The Mangatarere is in the Wairarapa and feeds into the Waiohine which feeds the Ruamahunga. It has some significant problems and the report tries to find out why. I’ve only read the Summary, […] read more
    August 5, 2010 6:23 pm - No Comments