Save Our Wai - High Court Appeal

By Save Our Wai by Sustainable Otakiri Inc.

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Save Our Wai High Court Appeal

Project 2019-12-19 14:44:54 +1300

New Zealand: The plastic creation nation. Is this our future? 

Sustainable Otakiri needs to raise $35,000 by January 20th, 2020 or it may have to leave any ambitions of a Court appeal against Cresswell NZ (a Chinese-owned subsidiary company) to save our precious water resource for future generations.

Please give us a chance to stop the bottling and STOP THE PLASTIC! PLEDGE or DONATE Direct (Save Our Water and Environment 06 0489 0754608 30). THANK YOU!

This proposal would be disastrous for NZ and our region. The factory intends to: 

  • Take 1.1 million m3 of deep-aquifer water/year from an aquifer that was previously classified as over-allocated.
  • 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 daily, from reject bottles and packaging.
  • Export the majority of this bottled water to China.
  • Produce 2,451,960 up to 3.7million bottles (of various sizes) each day. That's up to 1.35 billion a year!
  • Create 202 truck and trailer journeys from Tauranga to Otakiri (and associated emissions) each day - that's one truck every three minutes to the Port of Tauranga.
  • Set a dangerous new precedent nationwide for allowable consent creep without public consultation, given this expansion is 20 and in some areas 50 fold in upscale.

We can win this! Minister Eugenie Sage said she was powerless to stop this, but the community isn't! Sustainable Otakiri has appealed the land use consent in the Environment Court and we have grounds to take this fight to the High Court after Commissioner Kernohan echoed that projects like these industrial scale developments should be Publicly Notified. If it is successful, the Court's ruling will prevent Cresswell building the plant and buying the land without seeking full public consultation, and I'm sure we will all have a lot to say!

The Society has a strongly arguable case that the application should be declined. Sustainable Otakiri has seen the legal advice, discussed with various support groups and agrees that the case needs to be heard by the High Court. The Courts are very strict on how long you have to raise an appeal to the High Court - it is just a matter of weeks. If the Society can't raise $35,000 by the 20th of January then it will have to cancel its plans to appeal. Sustainable Otakiri has twice applied to the government's legal assistance fund and we have been turned down both times. We need your help!

Who are we? Sustainable Otakiri Incorporated is the society behind the Save Our Wai movement. Some close associations we have are with Aotearoa Water Action (Awa), Greater Tauranga and many more amazing organisations.

If you are opposed to 3.7million new, single use plastic bottles being produced in our region every single day (where they produced none before) and shipped overseas to China - Please donate.

If you think that companies who apply to produce massive quantities of plastic should be required to take financial responsibility for the whole life of what they produce - Please donate. 

If you're opposed to the public not being consulted on the actual long term affects of Industrial scale developments and are appalled you're not being given the opportunity to decide if this is the NZ you want - Please donate.

If you're worried what sort of precedent this application sets when a 20-50 fold increase in a business's size can occur like the massive increase in trucking this would allow (without consultation) into Tauranga - Please donate.

If you believe that water is one of Aotearoa New Zealand's most precious resources and should be protected from overseas corporate greed - Please donate.

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Updates 2

Ngati Awa are off to the High Court too!

18/01/2020 at 4:29 PM

Excited to be heading back into the High Court alongside Ngati Awa. 

Ngati Awa announced last night that they too are heading to the High Court to fight against Creswell wanting to set up this industrial scale water bottling plant.

In the environment court they brought an excellent case and will be doing the same I am sure in the High Court.

Some of our arguments will tackle the same topics but we will again be fighting for what we believe are the incorrect applications for land use, which because it was limited notified is an argument only we can bring back to the table.

We still have just over $11,000 to go and our cut off is this Monday at 11am. I urge all our pledgers to share our plight with their friends and social networks urging them to support our cause.

Thank you for all your support to date.

From all the team at Save Our Wai ❤💧✊

 

Media Coverage of our Mission to Save Our Wai

15/01/2020 at 9:13 AM

Kia ora wonderful supporters, we are very happy to see multiple media outlets sharing the story of the mission Save Our Wai is on to protect our water - an essential, precious resource - from greedy overseas corporates who want to bottle it in plastic and ship it offshore. Here's the latest links to the latest updates and news stories:

Please spread the word to your networks so we can get this case in front of the High Court!

- Save Our Wai

    Pledgers 581

    Brian Thomas
    2020-01-19 07:59:56 +1300

    "Wishing The Very Best of luck to Save Our Wai in their Appeal to the High Court. The issue of water bottling and export of our best and purest water is something that is so important to New Zealanders but no government yet has had the guts to address."

    caroline stone
    2020-01-19 07:34:39 +1300
    Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i
    2020-01-19 07:30:32 +1300
    Miguel Leguizamón
    2020-01-19 02:38:35 +1300

    "We need to fight this and many other issues together. It’s the only way."

    Stefan Saller
    2020-01-19 01:21:44 +1300
    Ellen
    2020-01-19 00:33:54 +1300
    Tina Jepsen
    2020-01-18 23:51:56 +1300
    emily
    2020-01-18 23:36:18 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-01-18 23:21:09 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-01-18 23:17:44 +1300
    Simon Neumegen
    2020-01-18 23:10:40 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-01-18 23:02:21 +1300

    "The well always has a limit, and the impacts maybe immeasurable. "

    Pierre
    2020-01-18 22:26:28 +1300
    Jenny Tebbutt
    2020-01-18 22:20:17 +1300

    "Thanks for your hard work. Being successful with this is so important."

    Cadence Chung
    2020-01-18 22:13:30 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-01-18 21:45:37 +1300
    Di & Bob Tanner
    2020-01-18 21:25:41 +1300
    josh
    2020-01-18 21:15:35 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-01-18 20:56:27 +1300

    "Good luck whanau - I hope someone in our legal system listens. Water is finite and should not be sold so cheaply / unsustainably."

    Jeannie Thurnell
    2020-01-18 20:52:41 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-01-18 20:19:18 +1300

    "Water is life. It needs to be protected as a pristine source, not contaminated or sold and bottled in plastic to other lands who have wrecked their own water supplies"

    Anonymous pledger
    2020-01-18 20:15:50 +1300
    Hunter Davidson
    2020-01-18 19:56:11 +1300
    Margaret Langdon
    2020-01-18 19:45:15 +1300
    Anya Brookes
    2020-01-18 19:43:35 +1300
    Sarah Anderson-Butler
    2020-01-18 19:00:24 +1300
    Tim
    2020-01-18 18:55:48 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-01-18 18:44:37 +1300
    John Robson
    2020-01-18 17:29:59 +1300
    Pat Thorburn-Matheson
    2020-01-18 16:50:31 +1300

    Followers 6

    Save Our Wai High Court Appeal

    Project 2019-12-19 14:44:54 +1300

    New Zealand: The plastic creation nation. Is this our future? 

    Sustainable Otakiri needs to raise $35,000 by January 20th, 2020 or it may have to leave any ambitions of a Court appeal against Cresswell NZ (a Chinese-owned subsidiary company) to save our precious water resource for future generations.

    Please give us a chance to stop the bottling and STOP THE PLASTIC! PLEDGE or DONATE Direct (Save Our Water and Environment 06 0489 0754608 30). THANK YOU!

    This proposal would be disastrous for NZ and our region. The factory intends to: 

    • Take 1.1 million m3 of deep-aquifer water/year from an aquifer that was previously classified as over-allocated.
    • 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 daily, from reject bottles and packaging.
    • Export the majority of this bottled water to China.
    • Produce 2,451,960 up to 3.7million bottles (of various sizes) each day. That's up to 1.35 billion a year!
    • Create 202 truck and trailer journeys from Tauranga to Otakiri (and associated emissions) each day - that's one truck every three minutes to the Port of Tauranga.
    • Set a dangerous new precedent nationwide for allowable consent creep without public consultation, given this expansion is 20 and in some areas 50 fold in upscale.

    We can win this! Minister Eugenie Sage said she was powerless to stop this, but the community isn't! Sustainable Otakiri has appealed the land use consent in the Environment Court and we have grounds to take this fight to the High Court after Commissioner Kernohan echoed that projects like these industrial scale developments should be Publicly Notified. If it is successful, the Court's ruling will prevent Cresswell building the plant and buying the land without seeking full public consultation, and I'm sure we will all have a lot to say!

    The Society has a strongly arguable case that the application should be declined. Sustainable Otakiri has seen the legal advice, discussed with various support groups and agrees that the case needs to be heard by the High Court. The Courts are very strict on how long you have to raise an appeal to the High Court - it is just a matter of weeks. If the Society can't raise $35,000 by the 20th of January then it will have to cancel its plans to appeal. Sustainable Otakiri has twice applied to the government's legal assistance fund and we have been turned down both times. We need your help!

    Who are we? Sustainable Otakiri Incorporated is the society behind the Save Our Wai movement. Some close associations we have are with Aotearoa Water Action (Awa), Greater Tauranga and many more amazing organisations.

    If you are opposed to 3.7million new, single use plastic bottles being produced in our region every single day (where they produced none before) and shipped overseas to China - Please donate.

    If you think that companies who apply to produce massive quantities of plastic should be required to take financial responsibility for the whole life of what they produce - Please donate. 

    If you're opposed to the public not being consulted on the actual long term affects of Industrial scale developments and are appalled you're not being given the opportunity to decide if this is the NZ you want - Please donate.

    If you're worried what sort of precedent this application sets when a 20-50 fold increase in a business's size can occur like the massive increase in trucking this would allow (without consultation) into Tauranga - Please donate.

    If you believe that water is one of Aotearoa New Zealand's most precious resources and should be protected from overseas corporate greed - Please donate.

    Comments

    Ngati Awa are off to the High Court too!

    18/01/2020 at 4:29 PM

    Excited to be heading back into the High Court alongside Ngati Awa. 

    Ngati Awa announced last night that they too are heading to the High Court to fight against Creswell wanting to set up this industrial scale water bottling plant.

    In the environment court they brought an excellent case and will be doing the same I am sure in the High Court.

    Some of our arguments will tackle the same topics but we will again be fighting for what we believe are the incorrect applications for land use, which because it was limited notified is an argument only we can bring back to the table.

    We still have just over $11,000 to go and our cut off is this Monday at 11am. I urge all our pledgers to share our plight with their friends and social networks urging them to support our cause.

    Thank you for all your support to date.

    From all the team at Save Our Wai ❤💧✊

     

    Media Coverage of our Mission to Save Our Wai

    15/01/2020 at 9:13 AM

    Kia ora wonderful supporters, we are very happy to see multiple media outlets sharing the story of the mission Save Our Wai is on to protect our water - an essential, precious resource - from greedy overseas corporates who want to bottle it in plastic and ship it offshore. Here's the latest links to the latest updates and news stories:

    Please spread the word to your networks so we can get this case in front of the High Court!

    - Save Our Wai

      Brian Thomas
      2020-01-19 07:59:56 +1300

      "Wishing The Very Best of luck to Save Our Wai in their Appeal to the High Court. The issue of water bottling and export of our best and purest water is something that is so important to New Zealanders but no government yet has had the guts to address."

      caroline stone
      2020-01-19 07:34:39 +1300
      Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i
      2020-01-19 07:30:32 +1300
      Miguel Leguizamón
      2020-01-19 02:38:35 +1300

      "We need to fight this and many other issues together. It’s the only way."

      Stefan Saller
      2020-01-19 01:21:44 +1300
      Ellen
      2020-01-19 00:33:54 +1300
      Tina Jepsen
      2020-01-18 23:51:56 +1300
      emily
      2020-01-18 23:36:18 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-01-18 23:21:09 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-01-18 23:17:44 +1300
      Simon Neumegen
      2020-01-18 23:10:40 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-01-18 23:02:21 +1300

      "The well always has a limit, and the impacts maybe immeasurable. "

      Pierre
      2020-01-18 22:26:28 +1300
      Jenny Tebbutt
      2020-01-18 22:20:17 +1300

      "Thanks for your hard work. Being successful with this is so important."

      Cadence Chung
      2020-01-18 22:13:30 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-01-18 21:45:37 +1300
      Di & Bob Tanner
      2020-01-18 21:25:41 +1300
      josh
      2020-01-18 21:15:35 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-01-18 20:56:27 +1300

      "Good luck whanau - I hope someone in our legal system listens. Water is finite and should not be sold so cheaply / unsustainably."

      Jeannie Thurnell
      2020-01-18 20:52:41 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-01-18 20:19:18 +1300

      "Water is life. It needs to be protected as a pristine source, not contaminated or sold and bottled in plastic to other lands who have wrecked their own water supplies"

      Anonymous pledger
      2020-01-18 20:15:50 +1300
      Hunter Davidson
      2020-01-18 19:56:11 +1300
      Margaret Langdon
      2020-01-18 19:45:15 +1300
      Anya Brookes
      2020-01-18 19:43:35 +1300
      Sarah Anderson-Butler
      2020-01-18 19:00:24 +1300
      Tim
      2020-01-18 18:55:48 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-01-18 18:44:37 +1300
      John Robson
      2020-01-18 17:29:59 +1300
      Pat Thorburn-Matheson
      2020-01-18 16:50:31 +1300

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