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Contaminated sites

Catherine Delahunty MP
catherine [dot] delahunty [at] parliament [dot] govt [dot] nz (Email)

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 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.

Future direction

The Green Party is committed to preventing the creation of contaminated sites in the first place and will continue to work towards higher environmental standards which would outlaw the use of particularly harmful pesticides and other toxics.

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