Mikaera Miru, Sue Crockett, Michelle Carmichael in front of an ecology display of the proposed landfill site

Tip protest steps up action

by Paul Campbell

Members of the Fight the Tip movement protesting the siting of a major Auckland rubbish tip that could threaten the Kaipara Harbour with toxic pollution have taken their case to local body election candidate meetings.

Resource consent for the landfill on 1,000 hectares of the Dome Valley on a catchment for the Hoteo River, which feeds the Kaipara, is under consideration by Auckland Council, while a petition against the project has gone to parliament.

Fight the Tip executive, Michelle Carmichael addressed the crowd and Auckland mayoral, councillor and local board candidates at last Friday night’s candidates meeting in Wellsford.

“About 100 people attended, including a good turn out of Fight the Tip supporters but Goff and Tamihere did not attend, confirming to local’s opinions that Wellsford is a forgotten part of the Auckland Super City,” Michelle said.

“General consensus is our area gets shafted and used for our rate take, one member saying they haven’t seen Goff in our area in six years.

“The two mayoralty candidates, Craig Lord and Peter Vaughan, declared landfills are outdated and are not the solution. Both confirmed that if elected as mayor they will stop the Dome Valley landfill and propose ‘waste-to-energy’ as the way forward with the contacts available and willing to develop a waste-to-energy plant.”

Fight the Tip was supported with a speaking time slot to share an update about the group’s battle and were able to pose the first questions to the candidates.