Pouring shit into rivers

It isn’t just dairy farmers that pour shit into rivers. Councils are doing it too.

This has happened for years all over the country, and councils have failed to take action. Usually they put off fixing sewerage schemes so the next council has to raise rates to fund a scheme, and try all sorts of weasel clauses to get out of stopping pouring shit into rivers.

I met some people in Hawkes Bay who have been trying to get the Central Hawkes Bay District Council to stop pouring shit in to the Tukituki and Waipawa rivers since 2004. In 2008 they thought they had an Environment Court ruling and some resource consents that told them they could only pour shit into rivers until September 30th, 2014.

Now they are claiming to ratepayers they have another ten years in their latest newsletter. They don’t. They have to obey the resource consents unless they get approval from the private citizens who litigated against them to get the final date. The chances of the private citizens agreeing to a change apparently is nil, but expect the council to weasel out if they can.

If you don’t think it is good enough to pour shit into rivers you can tell the CHB council by submitting to their draft Long Term Plan.

Tell them you expect them to adhere by the following consents:

Waipukarau Discharge DP030231Wa & DP030859Aa
Waipawa Discharge DP030232Wa & DP030860Aa

You can see where the shit goes into the Tukituki from the settling ponds in the picture below.

The Waipawa has shit poured into it here:

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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