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Eugenie Sage MP on Monday, September 18, 2017 - 13:55

Northland Regional Council and Refining NZ need to release scientific evidence to support claims there has been no environmental damage from the rupture of the pipeline taking aviation fuel to Auckland airport, the Green Party said today

The Regional Council and the company need to be open with the public about how and why the rupture occurred, and the damage the fuel spill has done to the peat wetland, wildlife habitat and water quality at Ruakaka and beyond the site.

Eugenie Sage MP on Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:48

Using water for commercial gain is a privilege that should be paid for, the Green Party said today.

“We recognise that the issue of charging for water is complex and that everyone needs to be heard on the issue,” said Green Party water and primary industries spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

“Our policy is to put an interim charge of 10c per litre on all water for bottling and export, and to consult with New Zealanders on how other commercial uses are best charged for, and the revenue allocated and used.

James Shaw MP on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 14:44

The National Party has the Greens to thank for what it’s calling a ‘turbo-charged’ policy – putting more money into sustainable farming practices - but it won’t be enough to take the step change we need to clean up our rivers, the Green Party said today.

The comments come on the back of an announcement that the Sustainable Farming Fund will get another $20 million a year under a National government, which is just a small part of an initiative that the Green Party announced in a plan to clean up water ways, just last week.

Eugenie Sage MP on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 13:22

The Green Party applauds Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s decision today to finally end the Ruataniwha Dam fiasco, which has seen $14 million of local ratepayers' money wasted on a potential white elephant.

“The proposed Ruataniwha dam was a bad idea from start to finish,” said Green Party water spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

“The Green Party has been calling for this dam to be shelved for years. It’s about time the environment and our rivers were put ahead of the interests of a few people who thought they could make money out of a disastrous dam.

Eugenie Sage MP on Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 11:00

The Green Party is calling on Bay of Plenty Regional Council to notify Cresswell NZ Ltd and Nongfu Spring’s application to take up to 580 million litres of water annually from Otakiri Springs, so that the community can have a say.

“Bottling companies have consents to take up 23 billion litres of water a year in New Zealand and aren’t paying anything for it," said Green Party environment spokesperson Eugenie Sage. 

“Water is a community asset and the public must be involved in the council's decision making.

on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 11:39

The Green Party welcomes the Labour Party’s commitment today to take action for clean water.

 

Labour today said it will set strong standards for freshwater quality, help farmers to protect waterways and charge a royalty on water. The Green Party is strongly committed to protecting drinking water, cleaning up our rivers and making sure that water bottling companies pay their fair share.

 

James Shaw MP on Monday, July 10, 2017 - 16:10

Prime Minister Bill English is running scared from plans to set a fair price for the commercial use of water, the Green Party said today.

The Green Party launched its election campaign yesterday with a policy to protect drinking water, including an interim levy of 10c per litre on companies who bottle and export drinking water, and the creation of a working group to resolve the issue of rights and responsibilities for water.

James Shaw MP on Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:34

Environment Minister Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks New Zealanders will swallow his confusing freshwater standards that will, in some cases, allow our rivers to get dirtier, the Green Party said today.

The comments come on the back of news that even Ministry officials can’t explain what the Minister’s standards mean.

“The Government’s approach is not only bad policy, it’s bad for New Zealanders, who have had a gutsful of dirty rivers,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

on Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 13:50

The Green Party welcomes the Freshwater Rescue Plan proposed by non-governmental organisations, the Tourism Export Council, public health practitioners and freshwater scientists this afternoon.

“The National Government has been in denial about the poor state of Aotearoa New Zealand’s waterways, so this plan should be a wake-up call,” said Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

on Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 16:50

National’s Budget has delivered a waterfall of funding to destroy rivers, but only a drop in the bucket to clean them up, the Green Party said today.

“National is showing its true colours in regards to water quality in this country. By injecting another $63 million into Crown Irrigation Investments in today’s Budget, National is subsidising the pollution of our rivers, lakes and aquifers,” said Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.