Mes­sage on a bot­tle

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

A group cam­paign­ing for en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able liv­ing is join­ing oth­ers send­ing a mes­sage on a (plas­tic) bot­tle to Coro­man­del MP Scott Simp­son.

The as­so­ciate min­is­ter for con­ser­va­tion has so far re­ceived about 100 plas­tic bot­tles at his Welling­ton of­fice, as a sym­bolic drive for more ac­tion to re­duce plas­tic waste.

It’s be­ing headed by The Kiwi Bot­tle Drive and backed by groups like Tran­si­tion Matamata in ru­ral Waikato. They want gov­ern­ment to re­in­state the bot­tle de­posit scheme, a na­tional col­lec- Tran­si­tion Matamata will be at the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion sites: Mon­day: NZ Post from 8.30am-2pm. Tues­day: Life Phar­macy, 10am-2pm. Wed­nes­day: Pa­per Plus, 10am-2pm. Thurs­day: NewWorld, 10am-2pm. Fri­day: Countdown, 10am-2pm.

tion where peo­ple can de­posit plas­tic bot­tles for 10 cents.

They also want to raise aware- ness of the dam­age plas­tic bot­tles in­flict on oceans and wa­ter­ways.

Tran­si­tion Matamata mem­ber Colin Kem­plen joined oth­ers by send­ing an empty plas­tic bot­tle, with his name and mes­sage on it, to the Na­tional MP’s of­fice this week.

More are likely to be sent when the group holds its own aware­ness of the Kiwi Bot­tle Drive cam­paign, Au­gust 7-11. It will lead on to a bot­tle drive col­lec­tion day, when peo­ple can swap an in­di­vid­ual bev­er­age bot­tle and alu­minum can for 10 cents.

Scott Simp­son con­firmed plas­tic bot­tles had ar­rived at his of­fice in the cap­i­tal for sev­eral weeks.

‘‘I un­der­stand the sym­bolic na­ture of the cam­paign but I have to say that I would pre­fer to re­ceive an email, rather than plas­tic bot­tles.

‘‘It’s much bet­ter for peo­ple to put the plas­tic bot­tles in the re­cy­cling bins and use the re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties that are in place al­ready.’’

Simp­son said the bot­tles had been stored in a box in the cor­ner of his of­fice. He de­clined a re­quest for a photo of the col­lec­tion.

‘‘What I am go­ing to do, when this cam­paign fin­ishes, I will take the bot­tles to a re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity and dis­pose of them ac­cord­ingly.’’ ing to pro­mote re­spon­si­ble cat own­er­ship and re­duce cats’ en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact on wildlife.

How­ever, ter­ri­to­rial au­thor­ity’s pow­ers for cats were for min­imis­ing the im­pact on peo­ple’s health and well­be­ing, and re­gional coun­cils’ pow­ers were re­stricted to de­struc­tion of feral cats as pests.

The re­mit sought the pro­tec­tion of wildlife and na­tive species by reg­u­la­tory pow­ers for cat con­trol.

Mayor Jan Barnes said the coun­cil voted no, as she didn’t see the Matamata-Pi­ako had an is­sue with feral cats, which was where she felt the real is­sue was.

She dis­agreed on a cap on cat own­er­ship.

‘‘It’s how you man­age it. What is the right num­ber? I don’t think we need a cap be­cause we would have to en­force it and it would pass to the ratepayer.’’

She felt ed­u­ca­tion about re­spon­si­ble cat own­er­ship was key.

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