The inescapable conclusion from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s second report on rising sea levels is that both central and local government must start planning now, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Megan Woods.
“The fact is that over 9,000 New Zealand homes lie less than 50 centimetres above the spring high tide line. As the Parliamentary Commissioner has said while there is no need to panic we must start to act with urgency and we must do this carefully.
The decision by the Central Hawkes Bay Council to abandon their present free water supply and buy water from the controversial Ruataniwha dam is a disgrace, says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.
“This is nothing less than an attempt to make the poor ratepayers of Waipawa and Waipukurau foot the bill for a scheme that simply doesn’t have the financial backing to go ahead.
A secret meeting tomorrow of the Central Hawkes Bay District Council may foreshadow a council bid to abandon their current town water supply and buy water from the Ruataniwha project, says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.
“This appears to be a shameful attempt by the Council and its investment company HBRIC to make the Ruataniwha financially viable at any cost.
Today is D Day for assessing the viability of the Ruataniwha Dam and its backers still have to offer up some concrete answers on the future of the scheme, says Labour’s Spokesperson for Water Meka Whaitiri.
“The Hawkes Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) set this morning as the deadline for the project finances to be lined up.
A landmark report on the state of the environment paints a disturbing picture and highlights the need for a private member’s bill that reinforces the role of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.
“The Environment Aotearoa 2015 report focuses on the quality of fresh water, and found rivers in agricultural and urban areas had reduced water clarity, aquatic insect life, and higher levels of nutrients and E.coli bacteria.
Tim Groser will have to listen to Dr Adrian Macey’s criticism of how the Government calculated its climate change targets if he wants to be taken seriously at the climate change talks in Paris, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.
“Dr Macey’s talk of an ‘information deficit’ is important as he makes the point we can’t expect other countries to accept our figures if we don’t let them see how we got to our targets.