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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Letter to the editor - rivers and the Greens

The Green Party is crystal-clear on what our rivers should be - that is, clear enough to swim in. 
 The present Government has set it’s expectations at “good enough to float a boat on” which means that most of our polluted rivers are by their standards, good enough. 
 The Greens say no to that, knowing that New Zealand rivers have been clean enough for safe swimming in the past and should be again, as soon as possible. 
 It’s aspirational and inspirational stuff from the Green Party and anyone like myself who swam through every summer of their childhood in clear, cool rivers will want the same thing for their children and grandchildren. 
 It’s not good enough to set your standards low with “safe for wading” when “safe for swimming” is achievable. 
 It’s what New Zealanders want and it’s only the Greens who can make it a reality.


Philip Todd said...

Is it aspirational to want what we already had?. We seem to need to fight campaigns just to get back what we had which seem strange doesn't it.
I would love Labour to come out and take a lead on stopping the all consuming corporate greed that's going on. CEO,s salaries reported today are.
Contact. 1.6 Million
Genesis 1.36 million
Mighty River 1.3 Million
Transpower 1.3 Million
Meridian. 1.1 Million.
Those costs could be cut by two thirds and would still be generous and attractive for good people. Why wont Labour take a stand?

robertguyton said...

Labour are lost, Philip. They are cut from the same cloth. You need a new draper.

Philip Todd said...

New draper, we need some ropes! Though they seem quite able of hanging themselves