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The West Coast Messenger

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pike ‘mum and dad’ honoured The scooters.

Constance Titterton and Jeremy Platt. PICTURES: Supplied

Scooter traverse by Laura Mills AN Australian couple on a long traverse of the South Island — some of it by scooter — made it to Murchison last week. Fun-loving Constance Titterton and Jeremy Platt have also had adventures in Alaska’s Brooks Range and Wyoming’s Wind River Ranges. The have called their trip the ‘Titter Platt Traverse’ — a name which marries their surname — and describe it as a highadventure, multisport route alternative to the Te Araroa Trail. The main aim is not to race through beautiful landscapes, but instead to have the most fun possible, zig-zagging 1200km across the Southern Alps. The pair carry everything they need for an unsupported, high-adventure expedition. Each member has a lightweight, offroad scooter (with wide tyres) for the roads and tracks, and a packraft to course along the rivers. The scooters can be transformed into hiking poles and paddles. By late March, on day 25 and 330km into their trek they were in Murchison and about to start the seven-day Nelson leg.

Pike River Mine access road ‘camp mum and dad’ Marilyn and Dave Corson, left, were honoured for their work manning the occupation for more than 100 days when TV One presenter Hadyn Jones made the trip to the mine site last week. They are pictured with Anna Osborne and Tara Kennedy. PICTURE: Supplied


PROSSER’S POINT New Zealand should not be giving away its water and allowing companies to export it overseas, while the nation gets nothing in return. Anyone can buy a consent for water for a few hundred dollars. We do not charge these consent holders for the water they take and use here, and neither should we, because water is common property. However, when the water is sent overseas for profit then that water should command a royalty collected by the Crown on behalf of the people to whom this common property belongs. At least 25% of that royalty will be kept for use in the area where the water is taken for export. The royalty will help generate development and be a fund the community can use on its own terms. Let’s remind ourselves that water is a precious resource. Giving the water export companies, which are mostly foreign, open access to New Zealand’s water resource is plain stupid. The remark by former PM John Key that, “No one owns water,’’ is like saying: “No one owns oil; no-one owns coal" Could New Zealanders go offshore and help themselves to something out of the ground for free?

RICHARD PROSSER New Zealand First List MP Contact Conta P: 04 817 8367 E Rich E: Authorised by Richard Prosser, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

Rino Tirikatene MP for Te Tai Tonga


ome days, when I’m feeling nostalgic, I think about all the best parts of my childhood. Bullrush at the marae, rain-soaked rugby games on Saturday, roast dinner on Sunday, mix bag lollies from the local dairy and family days out at the beach or the river. This was and is the classic New

Zealand childhood. We all remember coke bottles and milk bottles from the dairy, right? But there’s one part of the New Zealand childhood that is at risk: our rivers. In some ways, the Coast is lucky. On the Canterbury plains industrial scale irrigation means rivers and streams are disappearing while those that remain are often no more than a dark brown trickle, the victims of both irrigation and farm run-off. You would not dip your toe in the Selwyn River. But the Coast, at least in comparison with Canterbury, is pristine. Our forests remain intact meaning our farms are smaller and the potential for sediment to pollute our rivers and streams is reduced. Everyone who knows it will tell you the Mokihinui River is one of the country’s best, from its source at the foot of the Kahurangi National Park to its mouth at the Tasman Sea. Yet even the Mokihinui River is under threat under the National Government’s new definition for a “swimmable river.” Under the old measure any river or stream with an E coli count over 260 per 100 millilitres was deemed unsafe for swimming or drinking, but under the

Government’s new definition the so-called “safe” E coli count has been pushed out to 540 per 100 millilitres. That’s quite abstract, but look at it this way: if you swim in a river or stream with an E coli level of 550 per 100mls, you have a one in 20 chance of contracting campylobacter, the nasty gastro illness. As scientist Mike Joy pointed out, if one in every 20 diners at a local restaurant caught a gastro illness, that restaurant isn’t going to pass a health inspection let alone receive an A-grade. In short, instead of cleaning up our rivers, Environment Minister Nick Smith is simply going to change the meaning of swimmable river. That is not a solution, it is a cop-out. We can dump more shit in our rivers and, under the Government’s new standard, that river is going to be “swimmable.” This Government and Nick Smith really are the ultimate postmodernists. Up means down, left means right and black means white. If we are serious about safeguarding the future, if we are serious about ensuring our children get to grow up swimming in their local rivers and streams, it is up to us to get rid of this National Government.

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