Taranaki Regional Councillor replies…

I attended the Policy and Planning Committee meeting at Taranaki Regional Council, as I have over the six years I have been a councillor. Just before the meeting, councillors received an email from Ms Roberts, seeking to make a submission on a number of issues, including the development of freshwater quality limits. Ms Roberts contended…

Water quality values queried- Taranaki Daily News

Taranaki Regional Council candidate Sarah Roberts has accused the regulatory body she is standing for of dropping its standards to make its rivers look good. But TRC director of environmental quality Gary Bedford said Ms Roberts had misinterpreted council information and suggested she read the reports more carefully. Ms Roberts said the council was deliberately…

Reply from Taranaki Regional Council

Gary Bedford, Director – Environment Quality, Taranaki Regional Council responded to my submission in an email (5th September). “Dear Sarah I acknowledge your email and attachment. Upon reading your attachment it appears you have substantially mis-interpreted or mis-represented the agenda items to which you have referred. You are encouraged to re-read these, and in doing…

Public losing their rights…

The public are not wanted! It was recently reported the public could lose their right to have a say on oil drilling off-shore. Environment Minister Amy Adams is promoting a law change excluding the public from the process by making the applications ‘non-notified’. It is no different on-shore. This year Cheal Petroleum Limited (Tag Oil), Todd…

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

I am campaigning for the development of a Taranaki-wide energy plan implementing regulations and monitoring practice to the highest standards following the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s final report at the end of the year. The interim report on fracking widened the scope of the investigation to include the period of time from the beginning…

Making a difference ?

Both the Taranaki Regional Council and the Ministry for Environment (MFE) have a responsibility for reporting on our waterways; - provincially and nationally. Recently MFE published a report indicating 12 sites were good, four were fair, and the remaining 18 were rated ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’. Taranaki Regional Council Director of environmental quality Gary Bedford was reportedly frustrated…

Persistent and polite…

In August 2011 my family was approached to sign consent for TAG Oil to drill up to 30 wells immediately beside our home and property at Ngaere. We were immediately concerned about a number of issues such as water quality, an unpleasant odour in the air, and the ground shaking. We asked the Taranaki Regional Council about what was…

Local body elections have begun…

“….. environmental activist and school teacher Sarah Roberts made good on her promise to stand for the Taranaki Regional Council and will also bring a bit of spice to the usually staid regional election campaigns”. [...] “I think I have already made a difference and continue to make that difference,” Ms Roberts said ”I think I am…