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Landfill opponents fundraising

by Paul Campbell

The Fight the Tip movement battling plans for a 1,000-hectare landfill for Auckland’s rubbish in the Dome Valley, is collecting a ‘war chest’ to finance its campaign and expected legal battles.

With the local body elections now decided, Auckland Council will soon turn to dealing with resource consent for Waste Management’s rubbish dump proposal in the Hoteo River catchment of the Kaipara Harbour.

Fight the Tip says a dump leak or flooding could cause massive harbour pollution and devastate marine life.

“Unfortunately the consenting system is set up in favour of corporates who have the money to invest in large applications,” says FTT executive member, Michelle Carmichael. “I think it’s totally unfair that a small community is left to fight against such a huge machine.

“Luckily for our group, there is growing support and generous people who are starting to invest in this fight; a recent $3,000 donation from a couple wanting to protect the Kaipara and environment, and to others who have donated.

“Members of the public, it is up to us it seems to scrutinise these proposals deeper than the corporate publicity information that is shared. If you wish to donate, you can help the cause by donating directly to our bank account Fight the Tip Tiaki Te Whenua Incorporated 12 3094 0274048 00 or via our Givealittle page givealittle.co.nz/cause/fightthetip.

“Funds will be used for an environmental lawyer, unless funding is received or a pro bono lawyer supports us, advertising, billboards, costs to hire community facilities for meetings or any other costs used to fight this landfill. Any leftover funds will be donated to local charities within the Rodney District.”