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…