Posted by: Matthew | January 1, 2010

Wishing everyone a pollution free New Year

I am wishing everyone has a safe and happy 2010, but of course to be safe and happy we need to live pollution free.

Our chances of that in Kapiti are nil, and it’s more likely we’ll be breathing in this lot in 2010 as soot and lung cancer causing nano-particles:

whether we want to or not.


  1. Why is it that here on the coast we have so many people that seem to do nothing else but look for negatives?

    Anyone can find a cloud on a sunny day if they look hard enough.

    People have fires in their homes to keep warm. The effects on people from living in a cold, damp home are obvious. Maybe, just maybe, the people who lit their fires were cold?

    As I write this the famous NW wind blows in off the sea and leaves me wondering that surely any smoke, in a narrow coastal region likes ours, would very quickly blow away.

    Finally, yes, great, lets ban log burners. Surely all those poor people who can’t afford these famous heat pumps (that are likely fed with electricity that’s generated by burning coal anyway, but that’s all right, as it’s not in my backyard) will find a way to keep warm – maybe running on the spot

    And do we care anyway?

    I’m proud of the region where I was born and continue to live – I didn’t however, realise that we had so many whinges!

    What about a blog about all the positives?

    • John,

      This blog is a voice for positive change.

      Unfortunately one can usually find a cloud on a sunny day in Kapiti. It’s unfortunately usually a billowing cloud of smoke.

      Those people who lit their fires were cold (or maybe not too, it can be habitual), but they haven’t thought about the pollution that they cause. There are cheaper, and better alternatives to wood burning.

      Those famous Kapiti winds don’t blow all the time. There are many still days and nights. That is why I couldn’t continue to live in Raumati because on the still nights between the dunes there are mini inversion layers where the smoke pollution just builds up and up. Yes your little paradise was polluted enough to make an environmental refugee out of me.

      Even burning coal at a power station is better than burning wood locally, as the pollution can be dealt with at one point, rather than spread out over the suburbs, plus there is less pollution burning coal than smoke, and less coal than wood is used. Add to that most power in Kapiti is from wind and hydro, and your argument is looking damn stupid. Electric heatpumps result in zero emissions where people actually live. Wood burning stoves make it untenable to live in some places, including suburban Kapiti for me.

      Do we care anyway? We certainly do. Clean air is paramount, fundamental and a necessity. I find it vital to live. If others take that away from me, through ignorance and/or selfishness, I feel a great injustice and I am left with nowhere to live.

      It ain’t whinging to stick up for what is essential. It is right to not pollute. I have the right to demand clean air, and you do not have the right to take that away from me.

      I wish this blog wasn’t necessary and I could go off and write my bike blog, but it is.

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