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Sustainable Otakiri needs to raise $43,125 by May 8th or it will have to withdraw its Environment Court appeal against bottling giant Cresswell NZ/Nongfu. Please give us a chance to stop the bottling and stop the plastic!
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If you can't donate via PledgeMe, Sustainable Otakiri's bank account is Otakiri Save Our Water and Environment 06 0489 00754608 30 THANK YOU!!!!
Why we need your help
Last year our Government allowed foreign-owned company Cresswell NZ to purchase land to build a 16,800m2 water bottling mega-plant at Otakiri in the Bay of Plenty. If resource consents are not overturned a 5ha kiwifruit orchard will be demolished and an existing bottling plant producing 1.7million litres/year will expand to produce a minimum of 550 million litres of bottled water per year.
If it goes ahead the plant will also:
· take 1.1 million m3 of deep-aquifer water/year
· discharge up to 450m3 per day of high-phosphorus process water to a local stream flowing into the Tarawera River.
· produce 6m3 of compressed plastic waste each day and
· create 202 truck and trailer journeys from Tauranga to Otakiri (and associated emissions) each day.
Minister Eugenie Sage said she was powerless to stop this, but the community isn't!
Sustainable Otakiri has appealed the land use consent. If it is successful, the Court’s ruling will prevent Cresswell building the plant and buying the land. The Society has a strongly arguable case that the application should be declined. AWA has seen the legal advice and agrees that the case needs to be heard by the Environment Court. The Hearing will be held on 20th May this year - in a matter of weeks. If the Society can't raise $43,125 by 8th May then it will have to withdraw its appeal. Sustainable Otakiri has twice applied for Government funding via the Environmental Legal Assistance fund and has now been turned down for the second time.
Who are we?
Aotearoa Water Action is a group of volunteers working hard to protect New Zealand’s water sovereignty - we want to ensure there will always be enough clean water to meet the various needs of New Zealand’s communities and to support healthy ecosystems. Part of our role is to facilitate legal action to achieve that, so we’re fundraising on behalf of Sustainable Otakiri so they can continue their court battle against Cresswell NZ.
Aotearoa Water Action has received permission from Sustainable Otakiri to run the Pledge Me campaign. If the campaign is successful, all money raised will go towards the group's (capped) legal and expert witness costs -$25 000 +GST for legal costs and $12,500 + GST for expert evidence. If the group decides they have to settle and withdraw the appeal then the full amount will be refunded to AWA to be put to one or more of the following purposes (in priority order): helping tangata whenua oppose two bottling plants proposed for Murupara; funding opposition to any other proposed plants in the Bay of Plenty; funding opposition to any other bottling plant(s).
AWA and Sustainable Otakiri are run 100% by volunteers so all money raised goes towards legal costs.
Sustainable Otakiri's facebook page is save Our Wai @sustainableotakiri
It’s time to care a whole lot more about our precious water and how we use it!
Media & Resources:
Cedar Nook B&B, Otakiri.
NZ Government secretly funded water botting companies
04/04/2019 at 2:46 PM
We're getting there - thanks for the support!
Here's a link to the story that aired on April 2nd: TVNZ Story - 2 April 2079
And here's the text of our Press Release that no outlet seemed to want to publish:
Media release 4 April 2019
NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT SECRETLY FUNDED WATER BOTTLING COMPANIES
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax payer money to fund two water bottling companies but has refused to release the names or locations of the companies involved or what exactly the money was given to them for. It has confirmed one company is foreign owned.
Documents obtained by Aotearoa Water Action (AWA) under the Official Information Act also reveal that NZTE invited water bottling company Nongfu to visit New Zealand in April 2015. The company is seeking to significantly expand the existing Otakiri Spring bottling plant in the Bay of Plenty with strong public opposition. Documents out of Minister Parker’s Office state that Nongfu Spring’s project with Otakiri Spring is in the NZTE investment pipeline as a ‘significant project’.
Sustainable Otakiri, a neighbourhood group challenging the resource consent, is seeking to block the 16,800m2 plant which will take up to 1,100,000m3 of local water per year, discharge up to 450m3 of phosphorus-rich process water per day into a nearby stream and put another 202 truck and trailer units daily on the already dangerous road to Tauranga.
“It’s a shock to learn that Nongfu may have potentially been funded by the taxpayer to take our water,” says Maureen Fraser of Sustainable Otakiri. “It’s clear that the government and our local council have been pushing this deal and the industry for years and it’s all been done in the shadows. The lack of transparency around this is a big concern. We feel let down – by the government, Minister Sage and our local council.”
She says it is unbelievable that the government is willing to fund multi-million dollar water bottling companies yet has left community group Sustainable Otakiri to crowdfund its Environment Court appeal against a subsidiary of Nongfu after the Government’s Environmental Legal Assistance Fund (ELA) declined its application making it virtually impossible for the community to challenge the consents.
Peter Richardson of Aotearoa Water Action (AWA) says the Resource Management Act was designed to have public participation as a check and balance but the financial obstacles for people wanting to oppose decisions is prohibitive leaving communities vulnerable. AWA has set up a PledgeMe campaign to help assist Sustainable Otakiri’s appeal.
“If the Ministry won’t create good law to manage water allocation, won’t adequately oversee the implementation of the Act by local councils and won’t fund public participation then the necessary safeguards, checks and balances aren’t there and our environment is at risk.”
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"The extra truck traffic on an already dangerous road should be enough to stop this! Leave the water alone 👊🏻"
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"This would be travesty, if it was allowed to happen."
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"Stop them exploiting and spoiling this very beautiful country."
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"No way. No wai. If we ignore, we will lose. We need to fight this, and any other attempts to take water from Aotearoa/New Zealand. "
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"Please let New Zealand be known as radical leader for environmental change who do not bow to the dollar PLEASE"
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"Great Cause go get em "
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