Let’s focus on the issues- water quality and TRC

In response to recent Letters to the Editor let’s focus on the issues. Water quality and the Taranaki Regional Council.  The dairy and ever-expanding oil and gas sector in Taranaki place increasing pressure on the environment particularly with direct discharge to water. Freshwater quality limits are being determined nationally. The Ministry for Environment (MFE) upgraded…

An angry personal response…

There were three Letters to the Editor published over three days in the Taranaki Daily News following the recent opinion piece by Rachel Stewart These letters were particularly personal in their outlook. On 17 September Jim Tucker, TRC candidiate for New Plymouth wrote… “Sarah has shown already she is inept when it comes to getting her…

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…

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…