Manifesto

This is our manifesto:

All residents of Kapiti should be able to benefit from having a clean and green environment in which to live, unsullied by any unnecessary pollution. The air we breathe, and the water we drink should not be contaminated. Everyone has a right to clean air and water, and everyone has a responsibility to not take away those rights from others.

And these are our demands to achieve this:

For the sake of this manifesto a woodburner is defined as any open fireplace, pot belly stove, wood heater or wood burner including any so-called “clean” wood burners.

  • An immediate and complete ban on the KCDC approval of the installation of any wood burner into new or existing dwellings within the Council boundaries.
  • An immediate and complete ban on any outside burning off of rubbish or timber within the Kapiti Council borders. This includes farms, market gardens, businesses and residences.
  • An immediate and complete ban on the use of any external pizza ovens, chimineas or barbeques that have wood or coal as a fuel source.
  • An immediate and complete ban on domestic fish or meat smokers.
  • An immediate and complete ban on any burning off on the beach.
  • An immediate and complete ban on burning off of forestry waste.
  • An immediate and complete ban on the sale of kindling and firewood within the Kapiti Council boundaries.
  • The establishment of a 24 hour/7 day telephone hotline to deal with smoke complaints.
  • The establishment of a 24 hour/7 day website to deal with smoke complaints.
  • All smoke complaints to be dealt with within 24 hours. Any repeated breaking of the no burning rules can be dealt with by large fines and by court ordered removal of the offending woodburner.
  • An immediate and complete ban on any domestic woodburner in any designated zone, where a designated zone is:
    1. a prescribed area of Raumati Beach and Raumati South within 200 metres of a dune.
    2. any prescribed area where 75% of the houses are less than 5 years old.
    3. an area where a demonstrable 10% portion of the residents or more want a ban.
  • Any area falling outside of the proscribed areas above where there is a gas supply on the street by the spring of 2010.
  • Any area falling outside of the proscribed areas above where there isn’t a gas supply on the street, and within 150 metres of another house, by the Spring of 2011.
  • Any area falling outside of the proscribed areas above if any nearby resident complains about the emissions.
  • All of Kapiti by the Spring of 2012, with the exception of crematoria and hospital wastes,
    and with the exception of hangi fires within Marae boundaries, as long as it doesn’t cause nuisance to surrounding residences,
    and with the exception of smokers for the production of small goods and other smoked foodstuffs and pizza ovens, as long as they don’t cause nuisance to surrounding residences.
  • All new subdivisions with block sizes under 1 hectare must include pipes for the provision of natural gas.

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