The Dominion Post

West Coast cleanups

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Your readers will be aware of the Fox River landfill catastroph­e unfolding on the West Coast. We also have the Hector landfill catastroph­e, a former landfill that has also been washed out by extreme weather events associated with climate change, at the home of the endangered Hector’s dolphin.

Both events are receiving global attention that threatens New Zealand’s clean green image.

West Coast Regional Council has publicly announced that climate change is a myth and it does not support the Zero Carbon Bill. Little wonder that Conservati­on Minister and Associate Environmen­t Minister Eugenie Sage is reluctant to fund the cleanup of these climate change-related catastroph­es.

It is time for WCRC to revoke its stance on climate change. Why bite the hand that is expected to feed you? Furthermor­e it is time for Sage to be adult about funding the cleanup in the spirit of kaitiakita­nga, otherwise New Zealand will suffer the consequenc­es.

John Hill, Buller

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