My name is Debora, I’m a 35-yearold biologist from Brazil. I have been travelling through New Zealand for three weeks. It’s really an amazing country, with such beautiful places, very friendly people everywhere and just a real nice atmosphere. I always heard that New Zealand was a very clean, green country that cared for the environment.
I was surprised to see that the supermarkets still give out plastic bags. They not only offer it, they actually just put your things in the plastic bags without even giving you an option.
I was very surprised because even in Brazil, a third world country, this practice has been abolished.
The solution is so simple; you charge a small amount for each plastic bag. This motivates people to bring their own bags from home. Easy, simple, no costs, and such a beneficial action for the environment. the sea flooding the road, as it was in parts of the city. Rather it was closed due to waves coming onto the road. Had a robust esplanade been in place around there, it could have stopped the waves coming onto the road; it wouldn’t have had to be closed.
Rocks Rd is actually higher than the Northern end of the Southern Link route which is marked on planning maps as an inundation zone. And the Link route was blocked in four places in December 2011, when Rocks Rd was closed due to slips. Whatever else the Link may be, a resilient alternative it is not.
Eric, we agree sea level rise will pose a lot of hard questions, but as a previous head traffic engineering at NCC admitted, by the time Rocks Rd is inundated, so will parts of Atawhai and Whakatu Drive. Are we to abandon all these routes or are we going to raise them as the seas rise? warming climate resulting from climate change which will lead to storms of greater intensity occurring at ever shorter intervals; and a transport system having difficulties coping with ever increasing traffic volumes. Central to both is the lack of a price on carbon. This would provide a real incentive for us to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions at the same time as encouraging us to find alternatives to the private motor vehicle. investigated as to its feasibility. It seems they have ignored advise from engineers who have spoken out against the dam. Nor have they accurately portrayed to the public its cost, but they expect us to foot the bill, and the overrun on costs. This is not good local governing.
The growers on the plains say they need the dam. Our friend is a small grower. He had to build a dam on the flats and line it with plastic. He fills it in the rainy season so that he has water when it’s dry.
How about these growers be responsible for their own profits, as well? Build their own dams. We don’t need corporate welfare.
TDC also proposes a new purifying system for the Dovedale Scheme. Expected cost is $3.2 million. It services only 450 people. Assuming an average household of three people, the TDC could buy 150 water tanks and purifiers and install them for $750,000, a much cheaper option.
District wide, all new housing should be required to have auxiliary rain water systems. A 25,000 litre tank and a purifying system can be installed for less than $5000. Why not catch what nature gives freely, and relieve the strain on the public system?