Currently, there is no legislation or regulations in place to protect our national freshwater resource from exploitation. The people are being classed as thieves for filling water bottles from outdoor taps when big corporations are taking millions of litres daily of our freshwater for the price of a resource consent. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11784239
The fact that government has passed the buck on to local body councils to grant extraction of our national resource for bottling, without giving a clear and concise piece of legislation to work from is irresponsible.
Also allowing an industry to operate without clear regulations when utilizing one of our national resources, allows for exploitation from foreign and domestic corporations.
We believe that any use of our national resource should benefit the entire nation and not a select few corporate elites and definitely not foreign owned corporations.
Let us stand together and fight for water for the future!
We, the undersigned, are calling for a moratorium to be imposed on current consents, both granted and in the process of application, to allow for legislation and regulation to be implemented in the water bottling industry.
The plain truth is there is no legislation or policy regarding the extraction of fresh water from the heart of New Zealand for bottling purposes by foreign companies - or local companies for that matter for financial gain at New Zealands expense.
The Moratorium on fresh water extraction consents petition to Local Government was written by Water For The Future@Concernedkiwis and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.