Best of life happens in the environment
Election time always leaves me disappointed and discouraged. Too much bickering and strategic moves like it’s a board game.
Where’s the focus on the environment? Tax rates don’t worry me, that’s the Government’s income to do its work. I’m more concerned about how it spends that money. Will it benefit me, my neighbour, protect the natural environment long-term?
I don’t think about tax every day, I do think about the environment every day.
It’s more than water quality. What about plastic pollution, air pollution, native forests, birds and animals, ocean and sea life, over-fishing, oil rigs, oil exploration that deafens whales, coal mines, fracking, reversing climate change trends, climate change effects, sea level rise and bigger storms, are we ready?
Maybe I shouldn’t expect any of this from the Government? We can do this ourselves, right?
I spent my childhood thinking be upgraded in similar fashion to meet their required specification then that is all that is required. After all, is ECan going to come and retest my burner? I think not!
The manufacturer guarantees log burner spares for 15 years after the last date of manufacture. Having such spares available could conceivably extend the burner’s life to a maximum of 30 years. As long as those approved spares are used, the burner’s integrity will be kept. So where does the ECan 15-year expiry date fit now?
The ECan testing regime must have included the burning duration to meet the original approval. Can ECan please explain how the manufacturer can claim the Mackenzie R10000 burner (26.4kw) has a burn time of 12 hours (using clean, dry wood) yet all that can be realised is three hours or so? Why the huge difference?
I remain very suspicious of ECan’s testing - enlighten me please. people do people things and money came from the bank. As a young adult I learned that the world was driven by commerce. Now I think
I look forward to some answers and look forward to hearing the Minister of Environment’s contribution at the public meeting 19th September 2017 at the Timaru RSA, 10am. Ron Heney Timaru Environment Canterbury director of air quality Katherine Trought responds:
Components of a woodburner can certainly be fixed or replaced if they are broken. However, this will not extend the overall lifespan of the woodburner. If the burner is more than 15 years old it cannot be used. This is because replacing parts of existing woodburners does not help the community move towards cleaner-burning technology, such as ultra-low emission burners.
Timaru’s winter air pollution is improving but we still have a long way to go to meet national standards and this will involve a my younger opinion was better.
We’re becoming a nation that’s more self-interested and less community-minded. We spend too much time trying to make more money and spend more money.
Bigger houses, wider TVs, taller fences, longer commutes, newer phones, stuff the sellers convince us we absolutely must have.
I think we need to spend more time getting to know our neighbours and acting like gregarious humans. Like doing stuff together, looking after one another, eating together, sharing tools, toys and backyard produce.
Spend time seeing our amazing countryside. Do stuff that needs to be done like volunteer for ambulance services, civil defence, firefighting and raising good kids or caring for elderly and sick people. This is where life happens. We only have one life – make it a legacy not a bank balance. Timaru combination of better technology and burning techniques. We will continue to support both approaches to reach our goal of healthy air for everyone in Timaru. The standards and process for woodburner testing are set out in the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality and available from the Ministry for the Environment. Technical questions relating to woodburner use are best directed to the New Zealand Home Heating Association. Questions relating to the manufacturing process are best directed to the manufacturer or supplier.
Our specialised staff can help one-on-one if woodburner users are having problems with their burning technique. Many factors, including wood type, dryness and how and when wood is added, play a role. Warmercheaper.co.nz contains valuable information, including how to apply for a financial subsidy for upgrading to a low-emission burner before October 31, 2017.
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