There are hundreds of sites around New Zealand where the soil, water and air have become contaminated because of industrial activities.
The Green Party is committed to ensuring that we remediate these areas so that we can enjoy them again.
Working with Government
In 2011 the Green Party signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government to a improve New Zealand’s management of contaminated sites.
The plan agreed to between the parties includes:
- an additional $9.9 million in funding for clean up at the Tui Mine site,
- a national register of the highest priority sites for clean-up,
- and a review of the laws around requirements to report contamination and liability for clean- up.
The Green Party is committed to preventing the creation of contaminated sites in the first place and will continue to work towards a higher environmental standards which would outlaw the use of particularly harmful pesticides and other toxics.
Recent news about Contaminated Sites
Submissions on Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty's Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill are being heard today by the Local Government and Environment Select Committee. More
So how great is it to be here under the beautiful Maungawhau? I've spent a lot of time, climbing up and down this maunga, coming here to Tahaki for parties and picnics and late night frolicking. More
An informal gathering with refreshments provided. Catherine will speak briefly about herself and her work. More
This bill is a simple amendment to section 107 (2)(a) of the Resource Management Act. It puts a 5-year time frame on that section, which permits discoloration and toxic effects from discharges to waterways in exceptional circumstances. More
Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty speaks about mining threats to the BOP region and our Green alternatives. More
The Government must support workers who have suffered health problems from cleaning up the toxic site at Mapua, Green Party toxics spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said today. More
NO TO ASSET SALES
Speaker: MP Kevin Hague
There are alternatives to selling our SOE's. Come and hear the Green Party's plans for the future economic wellbeing and why selling off our assets is a bad idea.
The Green Party will stand alongside the community of Thames after the discovery of a contaminated site at Moanataiari in Thames, Green Party toxics spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said today. More
As part of their Memorandum of Understanding, the Green Party and the Government have announced a plan to better manage toxic sites in New Zealand. Watch Green Party spokesperson on toxics Catherine Delahunty explain the plan, and how it will be good for our land and people. More
The Green Party and the Government today announced a plan to better manage toxic sites in New Zealand, including an additional $9.9 million to clean up the Tui Mine site near Te Aroha. More
On Tuesday 24 May, the Greens signed an MOU with the Government on the clean-up of toxic sites. Here are Catherine Delahunty's two speeches:
The decision by the Minister for the Environment Nick Smith to pay for the clean up of toxic dust in the homes of people in Mapua is a good decision, the Green Party said today. More
Whakatane sawmill workers have won an important victory in getting a special support service for people exposed to poison, said the Green Party today. More
I was not going to take a call on the Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Claims (Waikato River) Settlement Bill, but sometimes the rhetoric around one is overwhelming. I am very excited that we are moving into a more sophisticated era under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, More
The Ministry for the Environment estimated that it would cost $7 million to clean [Māpua] up. The costs have since doubled, and it is still a mess. Some clean-up took place, but the off-site impact of the experimental mechanism used to clean up Māpua has created more risks and thus more costs. More