ACT’s climate change policy is the best any political party has put forward because it is simple, effective, and is not going to make life more costly for New Zealanders. For those reasons, it will also be the most durable.
“Instead of replacing the RMA with a property-rights based system that allows Kiwis to develop more and get things done, Labour is trying to pass a replacement that doubles down on the old RMA’s failures, with an extra helping of co-governance,” says ACT’s Environment spokesperson Simon Court.
Auckland beaches are too often black flagged - unsafe for swimming or any form of recreation. This means that when you take your kids swimming or launch a boat, you could be exposed to dangerous bugs from raw sewage overflows.
The average Auckland household will pay Councils Watercare $1224 this year, increasing to $2261 by 2031.
ACT believes it is unfair that people who pay water charges on top of council rates should have to swim and play in water contaminated by raw sewage.
A screenshot of Auckland's dirty beaches. Photo credit: Safeswim
Many of these spills are from what councils call “engineered overflow points” – in other words – they are designed to dump raw sewage into waterways and into our harbour when the system can’t cope. This is not limited to periods of heavy rain - many overflows occur after just a light shower and far more frequently than we might think.
The Labour Government pushed through an expensive, racially divisive and inefficient Three Waters reform, which is so complicated they recently announced it will be delayed from 2024 until 2026. The delays mean that very little will be done to clean up our beaches and harbour under Labour.
According to a recent council survey, more than two-thirds of us rate clean waterways and beaches as our most important “must-have”. The black flags of Safeswim show where investments are a “must-have”.
ACT proposes a practical Water Infrastructure Plan to speed up the clean-up.
Return $1.2 billion each year to local councils, a half-share of the GST collected by the Government on all new builds.
Delivering urgently needed major projects through Public-Private Partnerships between councils and developers, attracting investment from financial entities such as KiwiSaver funds, ACC, and iwi.
Establish long term 30-year Central Government-Local Government Partnership agreements to plan water infrastructure upgrades tailored to specific regions.
ACT’s plan would allow communities to retain control of water assets, and speed up the clean-up.
Sign the petition to support ACTs practical Water Infrastructure Plan.
“The Severe Weather Emergency Response Bill is an example of governance at its worst. Immensely powerful legislation being passed with minimal scrutiny, and a Government that ignores valid constitutional concerns,” says ACT’s Environment and Infrastructure spokesperson Simon Court.
“ACT cannot support the Government’s Severe Weather Emergency Response Bill through first reading. In its current form it is Henry VIII legislation that gives Ministers enormous powers unrelated to cyclone recovery,” says ACT’s Environment and Infrastructure spokesperson Simon Court.
“The Infrastructure Commission has today released a damning report explicitly stating that the Government will fail to meet its emissions reductions targets if it does not radically reform the consenting process, which not only causes massive delays but drowns infrastructure projects in unnecessary costs,”
“The Government has fobbed off farmers by not relaxing the RMA in cyclone-affected areas, they must act now so farmers and growers can recover from Cyclone Gabrielle minus the red tape and bureaucracy,” says ACT’s Environment spokesperson Simon Court.