Anna Madarasz-Smiths opinion piece on why our dogs are dying in our rivers was informative and timely (Cyanobacteria river hazard to animals as well as people 16/1/16). It sets our very well the effects pollution has on our waterways, and what we should be looking out for. However I take umbrage at her comment that HBRC works hard to “ensure the sustainable management of the region’s natural resources” This is the very same council that allowed our rivers to become so polluted that our dogs and children are at risk of death every time they go near a river. This is the very same council that has issued resource consents for offshore corporates to bottle our aquifer water for export when they cannot offer any guarantee that the effects of such extraction will be more than minor.
Can I suggest that Anna Madarasz-Smith sticks to the science instead of the politics in her public statements. HBRC is not working hard to “ensure the sustainable management of the region’s natural resources”. HBRC is sticking it head in the sand in the hopes that these problems will somehow disappear. Why else did staff not recommend drilling further research bores to complete the science required by the TANK Group? It was only because of political pressure applied by elected councillors who represent the Hastings & Ngaruroro wards that this was approved. It is only by good fortune that we are not attending the funeral of a child. The annual toll of dead dogs tells us this.