IN­DOOR FIRES

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I write in re­sponse to June 15th let­ter from Ai­den Crab­tree about the re­cent by­law passed by Auck­land Coun­cil re­lat­ing to in­door home fires and air qual­ity. This by­law was de­vel­oped as a re­sponse to the Uni­tary Plan which didn’t in­clude any spe­cific ref­er­ences to in­door do­mes­tic fires. As many will re­call, in 2014, coun­cil con­sid­ered an idea to ban open fires and force the re­place­ment of old wood burn­ers over a few short years. This was op­posed by own­ers of th­ese fire­places, so coun­cil de­cided to not pur­sue that pro­posal. The coun­cil was con­cer-ned that with­out any rules in place, we would be un­able to mon­i­tor or con­trol nox­ious fumes from in­door do­mes­tic fires in ur­ban ar­eas. The so­lu­tion was a by­law which mir­rored for the most part the rules for in­door do­mes­tic fires that were in the for­mer Auck­land Coun­cil Re­gional Plan, air, land and wa­ter. The re­stric­tions are that peo­ple can­not burn fuel that cre­ates toxic fumes such as plas­tics and polystyrenes nor high-sul­phur coal. We ask peo­ple to in­stead use dry untreated wood and low sul­phur coal. When peo­ple are in­stalling or re­plac­ing a fire­place, the by­law re­quires the new fire­place to meet the ap­pro­pri­ate emis­sion stan­dard. Th­ese mea­sures will re­duce the amount of smoky par­ti­cles in the air and con­trib­ute to clean fresh air for all of us. Coun­cil will not have staff out in the streets mon­i­tor­ing this, how­ever, they now have the man­date to act on com­plaints from the public con­cerned about high lev­els of toxic smoke. When re­spond­ing to com­plaints staff will al­ways ed­u­cate first rather than pros­e­cute.

LINDA COOPER

Waitakere coun­cil­lor

THE TRUSTS

The Trust isn’t a mo­nop­oly be­cause there are cafes and winer­ies? What a joke. I wish to buy my cook­ing wine along with my gro­ceries at the su­per­mar­ket, like ev­ery­one else. I can­not. That is a mo­nop­oly. I have com­pleted end­less sur­veys about this is­sue to no avail, it’s about time we rid Waitakere of The Trusts. H MOORE

Ranui

Putting aside whether peo­ple are for or against The Trusts, it is time for an­other vote. Un­der leg­is­la­tion, li­cens­ing trusts ex­ist at the will of the peo­ple. The peo­ple are sup­posed to have a say. The ideal time for west Auck­lan­ders to next have their say about The Trusts is as part of the lo­cal body elec­tions in 2019. By then it will be around 15 years since a vote was last held. Well over­due. The op­por­tu­nity to vote on it can come about in one of two ways. One way is to have a pe­ti­tion. The to­tal num­ber of sig­na­tures must rep­re­sent at least 15 per cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers for the pe­ti­tion to be suc­cess­ful. The other way that a vote can be achieved is for The Trusts them­selves to sim­ply pass a res­o­lu­tion that a vote will be held. To my way of think­ing, that is the eas­i­est way and the most re­spect­ful way for a vote to be ini­ti­ated. It is a way for The

Trusts to send a mes­sage to our com­mu­ni­ties that they don’t take their ex­is­tence for granted and that the ‘will of the peo­ple’ is worth hear­ing. I would like to hear from The Trusts whether they are pre­pared to make that res­o­lu­tion, whether they are pre­pared to be part of the vot­ing pa­pers in 2019.

JASON VALEN­TINE-BURT Avon­dale

Ed­i­tor’s note: We asked for a re­sponse to this let­ter from The Trusts, but re­ceived no re­ply be­fore our print dead­line.

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Waitakere coun­cil­lor Linda Cooper.

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