There are hundreds of sites around New Zealand where the soil, water and air have become contaminated because of industrial activities.
The Green Party is committed to ensuring that we remediate these areas so that we can enjoy them again.
Working with Government
In 2011, the Green Party signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government to improve New Zealand’s management of contaminated sites.
The plan agreed to between the parties includes:
- an additional $9.9 million in funding for clean up at the Tui Mine site,
- a national register of the highest priority sites for clean-up,
- and a review of the laws around requirements to report contamination and liability for clean- up.
The Green Party is committed to preventing the creation of contaminated sites in the first place and will continue to work towards higher environmental standards which would outlaw the use of particularly harmful pesticides and other toxics.
Recent news about Contaminated Sites
The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up.
The Green Party is looking forward to engaging with all New Zealanders about a smart and sustainable economy and a compassionate economy, strategies that will actually reduce inequality and protect the environment, because the environment is what sustains everything and everyone in this country. It is just the Government who has not understood that yet. More
The Green Party supports today's protest at Puhipuhi and calls on the Government to withdraw the permits it has issued for gold exploration over old mercury mine sites in Northland. More
Does she agree with the Canterbury Medical Officer of Health that increasing nitrate levels in Canterbury groundwater are a health risk, particularly for pregnant women and babies; if not, why not? More
A company that recently pulled out of an East Coast oil exploration project is now responsible for one of the largest spills in North American history according to the Green Party candidate for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti. More
Submissions on Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty's Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill are being heard today by the Local Government and Environment Select Committee. More
So how great is it to be here under the beautiful Maungawhau? I've spent a lot of time, climbing up and down this maunga, coming here to Tahaki for parties and picnics and late night frolicking. More
An informal gathering with refreshments provided. Catherine will speak briefly about herself and her work. More
This bill is a simple amendment to section 107 (2)(a) of the Resource Management Act. It puts a 5-year time frame on that section, which permits discoloration and toxic effects from discharges to waterways in exceptional circumstances. More
Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty speaks about mining threats to the BOP region and our Green alternatives. More
The Government must support workers who have suffered health problems from cleaning up the toxic site at Mapua, Green Party toxics spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said today. More
NO TO ASSET SALES
Speaker: MP Kevin Hague
There are alternatives to selling our SOE's. Come and hear the Green Party's plans for the future economic wellbeing and why selling off our assets is a bad idea.
The Green Party will stand alongside the community of Thames after the discovery of a contaminated site at Moanataiari in Thames, Green Party toxics spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said today. More
As part of their Memorandum of Understanding, the Green Party and the Government have announced a plan to better manage toxic sites in New Zealand. Watch Green Party spokesperson on toxics Catherine Delahunty explain the plan, and how it will be good for our land and people. More