Na­tional de­liv­ers on en­vi­ron­ment

South Waikato News - - OPINION - By LOUISE UPSTON

MP for Taupo

ONE OF the great­est as­sets of South Waikato is our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. At the re­cent may­oral busi­ness break­fast, Mayor Neil Sin­clair showed im­ages of our stun­ning district. It makes liv­ing in our com­mu­nity so spe­cial. It’s the core of our qual­ity of life, our lo­cal iden­tity and our com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage. It is one of the things that make me most proud to be Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for the South Waikato.

Na­tional want to make sure re­sults by re­duc­ing emis­sions, en­cour­ag­ing tree plant­ing and in­vest­ment in re­new­able en­ergy.

The scheme is de­liv­er­ing emis­sions re­duc­tions and we are on track to meet our Ky­oto Pro­to­col obli­ga­tions.

We have em­barked on an am­bi­tious pro­gramme to bet­ter man­age our fresh wa­ter. Since es­tab­lish­ing the Land and Wa­ter Fo­rum we have de­liv­ered a Na­tional Pol­icy State­ment on Fresh Wa­ter, dou­bled penal­ties for non-com­pli­ance, in­tro­duced reg­u­la­tions for me­ter­ing wa­ter takes and an­nounced a fresh wa­ter clean-up fund. The Waikato River ben­e­fits di­rectly through this fund­ing. We are in­vest­ing five times what Labour did to clean up rivers and lakes.

We’ve funded 25,000 homes in two years to con­vert to clean heat­ing. Eight thou­sand of these homes are right here in the Waikato re­gion.

We are in­tro­duc­ing new laws to con­trol free­dom camp­ing and to prop­erly man­age the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects of ven­tures in New Zealand’s vast Ex­clu­sive Eco­nomic Zone.

We’ve adopted new na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards for air qual­ity but we’re be­ing re­al­is­tic about the time­frame.

Na­tional stands by its record on bet­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment.

We’ve in­vested $50 mil­lion in the New Zealand Cy­cle Trail. The Waikato River Trails in our own back yard re­ceived $3.4 mil­lion fund­ing from the New Zealand Cy­cle Trail Pro­ject and I’m look­ing for­ward to the of­fi­cial open­ing in Septem­ber.

New Zealan­ders care deeply about the fu­ture of their com­mu­ni­ties and their coun­try.

For more in­for­ma­tion please phone the elec­torate of­fice on 07 886 5554.govt.nz.

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