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Swimmable Rivers Tour: Waikato

By   /  July 3, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment & Resource Management, Environment Waikato, Freshwater, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, rivers, swimmable, swimmable rivers, waikato, water  /  Comments Off on Swimmable Rivers Tour: Waikato

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Swimmable Rivers Tour: Waikato Last week, we rolled up to the mighty Waikato on the final day of our swimmable rivers tour. Co-Leader James Shaw, Denise Roche MP and I started our day in Horotiu where the primary school has been focussing on the awa […]

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Swimmable Rivers tour arrives at the Wairua River

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  24/7 News, Freshwater, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, pollution, swimmable rivers, The Issues, Wairua River, waterways  /  Comments Off on Swimmable Rivers tour arrives at the Wairua River

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Swimmable Rivers tour arrives at the Wairua River On the same day at the Ministry for the Environment reported the grim state of our rivers, lakes and streams, we were out on the Wairua River in Northland seeing the state of our water first hand. […]

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Swimmable river campaign in Northland

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, Northland, Opposition News, Politics, swimmable rivers, The Issues, Wairua River  /  Comments Off on Swimmable river campaign in Northland

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Swimmable river campaign in Northland Today I am heading to the north to travel on the Wairua River, the seventh river we’re visiting on the Swimmable Rivers campaign. The Wairua River, which flows into the Wairoa River and eventually the Kaipara Harbour, is one of many […]

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Agriculture: The right signals

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  24/7 News, Agriculture, Climate, dairy farming, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, horticulture, landcorp, Opposition News, pastoral farming, Politics, vivid economics, water  /  Comments Off on Agriculture: The right signals

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Agriculture: The right signals Landcorp is New Zealand’s biggest farming operation. It’s a farming company with more than 100 farms, owned by us – the people of New Zealand – and I was very pleased to read a piece by Landcorp CEO, Steven Carden talking […]

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Manawatū River – Swimmable Rivers Tour

By   /  March 31, 2017  /  24/7 News, clean water, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, Manawatu, manawatu river, Opposition News, Politics, Rivers tour, swimmable, swimmable rivers, water  /  Comments Off on Manawatū River – Swimmable Rivers Tour

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Manawatū River – Swimmable Rivers Tour On Thursday, I was fortunate to visit the lovely Manawatū river as part of our Swimmable Rivers tour. Our day started at Awapuni School in Palmerston North with the bilingual class – a bright and beautiful group of tamariki who […]

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Rallying for clean water

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  24/7 News, clean rivers, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, Nick Smith, Opposition News, Politics, river, rivers, swimmable, swimmable rivers, water  /  Comments Off on Rallying for clean water

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Rallying for clean water This week people all over the country took to the streets to support clean water. There were rallies held from Whangarei to Invercargill. Everywhere people were calling for clean water rather than letting companies export our fresh water without paying for it. The […]

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Protecting Te Waikoropupū Springs

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  24/7 News, aquifers, clean rivers, clean water, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, groundwater, Opposition News, Politics, rivers, springs, takaka, tangata whenua, The Issues, water  /  Comments Off on Protecting Te Waikoropupū Springs

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Protecting Te Waikoropupū Springs Last Friday night, there was a meeting of more than 300 people about the risk of increased water takes for farming in the catchment upstream of the magnificent Te Waikoropupu Springs (‘Pupu Springs’) in Golden Bay. The aquifer that feeds the […]

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Swimmable Rivers Tour: a great day at the Tukituki

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  24/7 News, clean rivers, Dirty Rivers, Environment & Resource Management, Fish and Game, Freshwater, Friends of the Tukituki, Green Party, Hawke's Bay, Opposition News, Politics, swimmable rivers, tukituki, Tukituki River, water  /  Comments Off on Swimmable Rivers Tour: a great day at the Tukituki

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Swimmable Rivers Tour: a great day at the Tukituki I’m buzzing! Yesterday, we had a great visit to the Tukituki river area to focus on swimmable river solutions. The day started near the mouth of the Tukituki at Haumoana where we were honoured to participate […]

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Groundwater: The mysterious life of underground water

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  24/7 News, aquifers, Catherine Delahunty, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, groundwater, members bill, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues, water  /  Comments Off on Groundwater: The mysterious life of underground water

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Groundwater: The mysterious life of underground water On Sunday, we launched my Members’ Bill to protect underground water and aquifers. It’s called the Resource Management (Clean Groundwater) Amendment Bill. Catchy title. What does it do? It changes parts of the Resource Management Act, the legislation […]

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Nick Smith thinks New Zealanders are stupid

By   /  February 24, 2017  /  24/7 News, bottled water, clean rivers, clean water, Dirty Rivers, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, Nick Smith, Opposition News, Politics, rivers, swimmable, swimmable rivers, water  /  Comments Off on Nick Smith thinks New Zealanders are stupid

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Nick Smith thinks New Zealanders are stupid Does Nick Smith think New Zealanders are stupid? His dirty rivers spin sure makes it look that way. Just calling the standards for wading and boating “swimmable” is not progress. At 540 Ecoli per 100mL, the new “swimmable’ […]

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Listen to the 12,000 names for freshwater

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, Blue Greens, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, freshwater management, Green Party, Nick Smith, Opposition News, Politics, swimmable, swimmable rivers, The Issues, water  /  Comments Off on Listen to the 12,000 names for freshwater

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Listen to the 12,000 names for freshwater Yesterday, Hon David Parker and I spoke at the Freshwater Management and Infrastructure Forum at Te Papa. The audience was mainly Council staff, irrigators and fertiliser people. David and I were in agreement that there we must change […]

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Changing the signposts for more sustainable farming systems

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  24/7 News, Agriculture, Freshwater, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, rivers, sustainable farming, The Issues, waimakariri  /  Comments Off on Changing the signposts for more sustainable farming systems

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Changing the signposts for more sustainable farming systems Photo credit: Greg O’Beirne. Waimakariri River, Canterbury, New Zealand.  *A version of this column appeared on stuff.co.nz and in The Dominion Post Where have you been swimming this summer? The beach? A river? Or have you avoided […]

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Well, THAT happened: Catherine Delahunty reflects on 2016

By   /  January 1, 2017  /  2016, 24/7 News, clean rivers, Education For All, end 2016, Freshwater, Green Party, helen kelly, Opposition News, Politics, rivers, Rivers tour, swimmable rivers, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Well, THAT happened: Catherine Delahunty reflects on 2016

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Well, THAT happened: Catherine Delahunty reflects on 2016 The end of the year! 2016 has been…a mixed bag – Trump-ism, losing Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen et al, and the creeping malaise of a tired government. Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty shares her year. My highlights […]

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Well, THAT happened: reflecting on 2016 and beyond

By   /  December 28, 2016  /  2016, 24/7 News, Child Poverty, Climate, Conservation, end 2016, Freshwater, Green MPs, Green Party, Health & Wellbeing, homelessness, homelessness inquiry, Housing, Justice & Democracy, MoU, Opposition News, Politics, Society & Culture, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Well, THAT happened: reflecting on 2016 and beyond

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Well, THAT happened: reflecting on 2016 and beyond Lots of people are saying 2016 has been a bit of a shocker, with political events like Brexit and Trump; US Police shooting black people – and the emergence of Black Lives Matter; the death of legendary […]

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Looking back and moving on

By   /  December 20, 2016  /  24/7 News, Freshwater, Green Party, Health & Wellbeing, Opposition News, Politics, Te Tiriti o Waitangi  /  Comments Off on Looking back and moving on

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Looking back and moving on Last week, I announced that I will not stand again at the next election. Don’t worry though, I’ll be in Parliament working hard until that date, which will be the end of my third term here. I’m leaving not because […]

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Cautionary tales from the Swimmable Rivers campaign

By   /  December 16, 2016  /  24/7 News, Catherine Delahunty, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, Health & Wellbeing, lucas creek, Opposition News, Politics, swimmable rivers, The Issues, water  /  Comments Off on Cautionary tales from the Swimmable Rivers campaign

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Cautionary tales from the Swimmable Rivers campaign Every week, I get media alerts about unhealthy water, including algae risks at swimming spots and boil water notices in small towns. It got personal the other week when I went kayaking on a river and found a […]

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Swimmable Rivers tour – Ōkahukura/Lucas Creek

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  24/7 News, Freshwater, Green Party, lucas creek, okahukura, Opposition News, Politics, rivers, The Issues, water  /  Comments Off on Swimmable Rivers tour – Ōkahukura/Lucas Creek

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Swimmable Rivers tour – Ōkahukura/Lucas Creek When Environment Minister Nick Smith said in Parliament that some waterways – like Auckland’s Lucas Creek – are not worth saving because no-one wants to swim in them, he forgot to ask the locals we met last week who have […]

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Lucas Creek – here we come!

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  24/7 News, Catherine Delahunty, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, rivers, swimmable rivers, The Issues, water  /  Comments Off on Lucas Creek – here we come!

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Lucas Creek – here we come! The fifth river in our Swimmable Rivers tour is an urban river on the North Shore called Lucas Creek, which runs from the outer suburban edge near Paremoremo through to the Waitemata harbour. The river came to our attention when […]

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Tarawera – Swimmable or the Black Drain?

By   /  November 1, 2016  /  24/7 News, Bay of Plenty, bop, Catherine Delahunty, Conservation, Freshwater, Gareth Hughes, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, river, swimmable rivers, tarawera, The Issues, Treaty of Waitangi  /  Comments Off on Tarawera – Swimmable or the Black Drain?

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Tarawera – Swimmable or the Black Drain? Last week Gareth and I went rafting down a rapid past local rangatahi swimming in the pristine fresh water of the upper Tarawera River. It was so much fun. But below the Ogi and Norske Skogg pulp and […]

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Flushing out the waste water problem

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  24/7 News, Freshwater, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, rotorua, The Issues, Treaty of Waitangi, waste water, water  /  Comments Off on Flushing out the waste water problem

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Flushing out the waste water problem Alongside the massive problem of 10 million cattle and their waste entering our waterways, is the lesser but vexed issue of human waste. All over the country, councils struggle with developing wastewater systems that actually work and do not […]

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