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Author: Malcolm Campbell

The fast-track bill? Slow-track led nowhere

These people marching most likely in good faith, have missed the crux of the matter. The environment has already suffered major damage and ‘slow tracking’ with lengthy debates on pros and cons of certain developments, have done not a thing to arrest damage to the environment. Last week’s issue of The Informer details a massive amount of deliberation about the Waikato–Waipa River systems, allowing an eighty-year time frame for improvement and demonstrated the futility of endless talk when ultimately somebody has to do something (p: 10). Eventually, somebody must climb out of bed and take action....

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After thirty years… I still believe change can come

The Informer Issue 1104 carries the headline we are ‘Becoming More Corrupt.’ We have had thirty years of practice. Before the Resource Management Act 1991 the office of the Commissioner for The Environment was established. The first Commissioner was Helen Hughes appointed 1987 and served two five-year terms until 1996. Helen Hughes, observing the consent process ‘required’ to begin a development, noted that wealthy developers were able to ‘buy off’ potential objections by simply paying those people to withdraw their opposition to a project. Geoffrey Palmer and Simon Upton between them steered...

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Rethink required with resistance to herbicides

It has now been in use for over fifty years and 1080 has not been successful in eradicating any pests except on some isolated small off-shore islands. The evidence available now shows that over time, the target pests develop resistance to the chosen chemical requiring the development of even more potent chemicals to remedy the situation. A number of farm magazines have had articles very recently lamenting the evident fact that farm animals, cattle and sheep and others are carrying internal parasites, that have developed some form of immunity to the current drenches and the said drenches are...

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Let me refresh your memories of the ‘water quality’swindle

The letters referenced reports from a number of observers and to refresh memories, *Narena Olliver lamented the loss of bird life in the Waikato, *Professor Phil Lester is alarmed at the number of insects lost, some now extinct;* pleas to protect inanga (whitebait) now an endangered delicacy; * bees threatened by chemical;* birds lost in hundreds, then thousands in poisoned waterways; *comment on poison solutions for environmental problems; *people afflicted with cancer while using the same herbicide; *groundwater containing a cocktail of poisons and herbicides and the extermination of the frogs....

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The common sense of farmers not often in local authorities’ actions

Jacobsen Contracting (Paeroa) received the same treatment and quite recently a farmer (Patetonga District) was clobbered to the tune of $40,000 for similar action and in the Bay of Plenty, a land holder was hit with fines for clearing mangroves from the back of his section to the tide line. The irony of that situation, the Council, after the prosecution, used the path the land holder had cleared to go in and clear mangroves. Referring to Bas Noeli’s, in that same area, there was a general flood and all along the western side of the range from Matamata to the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula,...

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More water woes – destroyed habitats

The Cawthron Institute employs over 200 people and has over 100 scientists employed. This institute could place six scientists in each Regional Council in New Zealand and still have a few left over. Do you know what? I was right there is another one. It is the Callahan Innovation with at times 422 employees, 200 scientists and you guessed it – all working diligently to build a ‘competitive and innovative economy’ for yours and my wellbeing. The Regional Councils in addition, employ their own scientific staff. In every organisation from top to bottom, to aid future development for the...

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Water woes in great big chunks

When I look out the window in a physical sense, the evidence is that the creatures that were once in the environment have gone! When I look out the window in a metaphorical sense, I see whole departments working to long term plans that have initiated endless projects with forty aims but with some devastating results and a disenchanted and discouraged farming poulation. Our survival and clean water Everybody is interested in water for a very good reason, even if they don’t think about it. That good reason is survival. We, all of us, can survive for a lengthy period without food, but we cannot...

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Know anyone who wants to potty train the cows?

Practically thinking, if you do not eat, poo and pee, you die. My apologies if offensive, but that is the way it is and that is the way it is as far as I am aware, in all animal life. A recent issue in another paper distributed in this region, relates yet again to the problem science has with animal effluent, and particularly nitrogen as a part of a perfectly natural function, delivering a biodegradable waste back into the soil that it originated from in the first place. (‘Biodegradable’ – capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. Oxford Dictionary). Where then, is...

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Short comings of the RMA

Dear Simon, I am back from rushing to move my livestock. However, they are still alive; not like the insects, birds, amphibians, fish and especially the ducks, eels and even an Australian couple where their deaths can be traced back to manmade poisons. As you will be well aware, regarding the Resource Management Act (RMA) Section 5, the purpose of the Act is to “Safeguard the Life Supporting Capacity of the Air, Soil, Water and Eco Systems, and Avoiding, Remedying or Mitigating any Adverse Effects of Activities on the Environment.” That is a mouthful, but straightforward all the same. There...

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