Eels a sign of the health of our creeks

Central government needs to resource local councils to protect our waterways, Green Party Water spokesperson Marama Davidson said today, following reports that corporate oil dumping into Otuwairoa stream in Papakura is killing eels.

 

“Eels are a tāonga and a sign of the health of our Creeks. It hurts to see our waterways being dumped in like this.

 

“This disrespectful and deliberate dumping shows why we need to be holding corporate polluters to account.

 

“We also need to make sure local water infrastructure is properly funded to protect urban waterways from storm water runoff. Anything that goes onto the road and in our drains can end up in our creeks and harbours.

 

“Central government needs step up and resource local governments to be able to do a better job to protect our waterways from this paru.

 

“I encourage people to contact their local Council if you come across anything like this happening in your community. I came across sludge dumps in our local creek recently and had to get council to have a look. We need vigilance on the ground as well as stronger protection systems.”

Latest Water Announcements

Story

National reckless on rivers

The opposition’s dangerous plan to scrap rules to improve the health of rivers and lakes around Aotearoa highlights the importance of having a stro...
Read More

Clean Water

From the maunga to moana, water is a taonga which must be protected, but too many rivers, lakes, and wetlands have been polluted over the years, an...
Read More

Story

Strongest ever water reforms mean swimmable rivers within a generation

The Green Party says major freshwater reforms announced today provide the strongest ever protections of our waterways, to help ensure the next gene...
Read More

Story

Flood of support for Top of the South catchment

Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Governm...
Read More

Story

OIA reforms mean more attention to nature and cultural values

The Green Party welcome proposed changes to the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) that will see stronger controls on applications by overseas interests...
Read More

Story

Proposals set out by Government seek to treat water as taonga

The Green Party welcome the fresh water policy proposals announced for consultation by Government that seeks to treat water as taonga and recognise...
Read More

Latest Auckland Issues Announcements

Story

Auckland Central MP calls for Government funding to revive the St James Theatre, launches open letter

Green Party MP for Auckland Central, Chlöe Swarbrick, is launching an open letter to the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Kir...
Read More

Story

Auckland Central MP welcomes City Rail Link hardship scheme

Auckland Central MP Chlöe Swarbrick is welcoming the hardship scheme for small businesses impacted by the development of the City Rail Link, announ...
Read More

Story

Auckland light rail back on track, Greens welcome engagement with community

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement today by the Minister of Transport that Auckland light rail is getting back on track.
Read More

Story

Greens call for walking and cycling priority for Auckland Harbour Bridge

The Green Party is calling for active transport access across the Auckland Harbour Bridge to be a priority as the future of the SkyPath remains unc...
Read More

Story

Seaweek: Green Party calls on New Zealanders to make submissions supporting Waiheke Rāhui to protect declining kaimoana

The Green Party supports the Rāhui placed around Waiheke Island by Ngāti Pāoa to protect declining kaimoana and as part of Seaweek, is asking New Z...
Read More

Story

Greens would bring urban food farms to Auckland City

The Green Party will invest funding in community agriculture and urban food gardens in places like Auckland city centre.
Read More

Latest Local Government Announcements

Story

Public ownership and Māori involvement essential for three waters entities

The Green Party is stressing the importance of public ownership and meaningful iwi Māori involvement in the governance of the new three waters enti...
Read More

Story

Māori now have a seat at the local government table

The Green Party welcomes the passing of the Local Electorate Act Māori Wards Amendment Bill which ensures Māori have a say on local issues across A...
Read More

Story

A win for Māori wards across Aotearoa New Zealand

The Green Party welcomes the Government’s position to support the representation of Māori in councils.
Read More

Story

Green Party: Auckland Council’s proposed COVID budget cuts are regressive and dangerous for the climate

The Green Party says Auckland Council’s proposed COVID budget cuts are regressive and dangerous for the climate.
Read More

Policy

Local Government Policy

Local government is essential to democracy. The actions of local governments should enhance the social, environmental, cultural, and economic wellb...
See More

Story

Government announces climate action plan

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today released the Government’s Climate Action Plan in response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry int...
Read More