Letters: Petition against chlorine

Tuesday July 23, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor
Letters: Petition against chlorine

Dear editor,

Te Mato Vai is another sham public consultation showing government’s complete disregard and disdain for the concerns of landowners and other stakeholders.

 

Other examples are the purse seine issue, resulting in court action, a petition and protest marches. And who can forget the seabed minerals consultation process, publicly condemned for its impact on our kai moana, the future of our fisheries resource, and our ever-fragile and pristine environment.

The anti-chlorination group Te Vai Ora Maori is gaining ever more traction. The public expect it to prepare an anti-chlorination petition. Landowner Phillip Nicholas’

application for a court injunction, filed last week in the High Court against disinfection chemicals and equipment at the Avana intake, is a culmination of many weeks of anti-chlorine sentiment.

Phillip Nicholas, on behalf of myself and no doubt many of your people: “you are the man!”  Your people will support you. The landowners and the many supporters of Te Vai Ora Maori, will give government one hell of a black eye, before chlorinated water ever touches our lips.

The real action is only beginning, where government will rue their dismissive, arrogant and dictatorial behaviour towards us, the people.

Ka Kite e Kia Manuia,

Papa Williams

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