Green Party vows immediate 20 cent charge on plastic bags, eventual total ban, if part of next Government

The Green Party wants to put an immediate 20 cent charge on single use plastic bags, the first step towards a complete ban.

The charge would be one of the ways the Greens want to help clean up our coastlines. Source: 1 NEWS

At an environment policy announcement at Seaview in Wellington, Greens leader James Shaw joined volunteers picking up plastic and rubbish on the beach.

He said if elected, the party would phase out single use bags by the end of their first term in 2020, and introduce a refund programme nationwide for recycling drinking containers, which is estimated to double recycling rates.

"Ninety percent of local councils endorsed the idea because they've seen that it's worked in Australia where South Australia, a state with a container deposit scheme, has the lowest rate of litter."

Fifteen cents from the 20 cent levy on plastic bags would go to community groups for environmental clean ups, and the rest would go towards research and development into alternative packaging.

The Greens would also commit to a zero waste New Zealand by 2050 goal.

Green Party Leader James Shaw today announced his party will entirely phase out single use plastic bags in the first term of the next government, if elected. Source: 1 NEWS



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Washout could affect Napier to Wairoa railway reopening

Kiwirail could have to delay the re-opening of the Napier to Wairoa railway line after recent severe weather has washed out part of the track.

An section of the track is suspended in mid-air after heavy rain earlier this month washed the earth out from beneath it.

"The washout happened just north of Raupunga during the severe weather which hit the region earlier this month. It extends over a distance of around 45 metres," a spokesperson from Kiwirail said.

"Our teams are continuing to assess the damage and any impact it may have on the planned reopening date for the line."

Kiwirail initially stated the mothballed logging line would be back in action by December. 

About 50 metres of track was undermined by heavy rain, potentially delaying the line's reopening. Source: 1 NEWS

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Iwi's 'pain and anguish' at plan to rename Great Barrier Island

An iwi which has occupied Great Barrier Island since the 1700s is outraged another group of iwi will officially rename the island.

The island, which lies off Hauraki Gulf and about 100km north-east of Auckland, will be renamed Aotea - Great Barrier Island by a group of Hauraki iwi, based from North Auckland to Coromandel.

It is one of 52 geographic sites across the North Island being renamed as part of the Pare Hauraki treaty settlement.

It's a small change on paper, but to the people of Ngātiwai ki Aotea, it means much more.

Ngātiwai Iwi trustee Aperahama Edwards said Hauraki had no right to make decisions over the island.

"It's almost impossible to describe the pain, the anguish [and] the grief that we are already feeling.

"Rights and interests have been afforded to Hauraki tribes by way of redress and one of them is the right to re-name Great Barrier Island. We believe that's our privilege, that's our right."

The name-change dispute adds to a long list of overlapping claims among iwi.

They occur when two or more iwi have ties to the same area of land, but the Crown recognises one group's rights to the land over another through settlement redress.

Mr Edwards said Ngātiwai had occupied Great Barrier Island for centuries.

"We have two marae there, we have whānau who remain there and keep the fires burning, our fires have never been extinguished.

"We're the only people that live there, everything. From a tikanga-based perspective it's our whānau that place rāhui and all of those sorts of things."

Ngātiwai are not the first iwi to oppose the Hauraki treaty settlement, which was signed last month.

In opposition to the settlement, 16 claims have been filed to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Pare Hauraki lead negotiator Paul Majurey has fiercely defended the iwi's historic connections and rights to different areas in the North Island.

And he continues to defend their rights on Great Barrier Island too.

He wouldn't be interviewed, but sent through a statement made by the Māori Land Court in 1998 that shows the iwi of Hauraki do have historic connections to the island - and have established wāhi tapu or sacred places there.

Ngātiwai kaumātua Opo Ngawaka lives on the island.

He said he was completely blindsided by the redress included in the Hauraki settlement.

"It's about our rights to make decisions on what goes forward here, and not something that sits behind closed doors.

"All of a sudden we get this picture of what they intend to do, and that's the difficult part of it."

Mr Ngawaka said Ngātiwai had made numerous attempts to meet with the people of Hauraki.

"There hasn't been any discussion back on our marae with them and if there is going to be a name-change come and talk to us on our whenua and on our marae and discuss this out.

"We would never do that to anyone else, it's not in our nature."

He said a tikanga-based process, where iwi resolved issues among themselves without the Crown involved, had been forgotten.

By Te Aniwa Hurihanganui

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Sam Wallace takes a look at one of the best views Great Barrier Island has to offer.
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Students excluded from Canterbury school after 'serious assault'

Two students have been excluded from the school after footage of them assaulting another student emerged last week.

The incident took place at Darfield High School in Canterbury last Tuesday and was captured on camera by another student.

The video shows two boys punching another boy and standing over him before kicking him in the backside after being told to leave the scene.

It appears the boy was punched in the head twice by the same boy where he lay on the ground.

Today, Darfield High school released a statement outlining the action they have taken over the incident.

"On Tuesday 18 September a student was seriously assaulted at school by two other students.

"Following an investigation, the students were suspended from school pending a Board of Trustees disciplinary meeting. On Friday evening at the disciplinary meeting the Board of Trustees decided to exclude the students.

"This means they may not return to Darfield High School. Due to the confidential nature of the discipline meetings no further details can be released.

"Support has been offered to the victim and the school is liaising with the family to support him on his return to school.

"A complaint has been laid with the Police who are investigating the incident with the cooperation of the school."


 

Darfield High School’s principal says police were notified shortly after the incident happened. Source: Supplied