I’d like to tell you about many things that are helping to improve our local environment.
An ambitious programme has begun to better manage our fresh water.
Since establishing the Land and Water Forum a National Policy Statement on Fresh Water has been delivered, along with doubled penalties for non-compliance, introduced regulations for metering water takes, and a new Fresh Water Clean-up fund.
We have an ambitious work programme to improve management of contaminated sites around New Zealand and reduce the environmental harm caused by waste.
Over 25,000 homes have been funded in two years to convert to clean heating, while Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme has insulated more than 100,000 homes.
More trees are being planted, more renewable power stations are being approved, and more lakes and rivers are being cleaned up. New laws have been introduced to control freedom camping and new national environment standards have been set for air quality and contaminated soil.
The National government wants New Zealand to do its fair share on climate change.
Our moderate Emissions Trading Scheme is delivering real results by reducing emissions, encouraging tree planting and investment in renewable energy. The scheme is delivering emissions reductions and is on track to meet our Kyoto Protocol obligations.
Attention has also been focused on streamlining the Resource Management Act, Environmental Protection Authority, and reforming the processes for projects of national significance.
It is vital that Selwyn manages its resources more effectively and efficiently to bring both economic and environmental benefits.
Our natural environment is our greatest asset. It makes living in Selwyn so special. It’s the core of our quality of life, our national identity, and our competitive advantage.