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Tourism Industry wants strong protection for Lake Taylor

first_imgTourism Industry wants strong protection for Lake TaylorNew Zealand waterways are again suffering abuse at the hands of weak legislation. Over the past week, several articles and television news stories have highlighted multiple cases of farm cattle in high country lakes and rivers. Photos and video have been taken by tourists and locals alike of streams of defecation trailing from animals free to roam into our pristine tourist destinations. “For the tourism industry, our international marketability, and ultimately our economy this is a disaster”, says Tourism Export Council CEO Lesley Immink.A significant motivation for visitors choosing destination New Zealand is our clean and green image and TECNZ want to ensure that reputation lasts for generations to come.  “We believe water quality to be the single greatest challenge to maintaining New Zealand’s environmental promise,” says Immink. Waterways around New Zealand are being sucked dry and polluted on an unprecedented level. Immink says that it is time the government and Minister for Tourism, John Key, to recognise the value clean water has for the industry and New Zealanders.The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) is supporting the Choose Clean Water Tour which is visiting lakes and rivers around the country to document through short films, how the continuing pollution of waterways is affecting local people and the environment. The tour is being run by four young campaigners who wanted to assemble stories about the degradation and loss of New Zealand’s freshwater environments. The campaign has received immense support nationwide with over 50,000 views of the short films and over 5000 signatures on a petition calling for stronger freshwater protection.Since the images and subsequent articles were released, there has been a flurry of support for the campaign with environmental and nature groups stepping up to share their distain at repeated behaviour by some landowners and calling for stronger penalties and consequences for those that do offend.Freshwater experts have recently challenged the tourism industry to stand up and do more to protect the environment. Candid illustrations about the state of our fresh waterways by New Zealand’s leading freshwater scientists has shocked tourism operators. Analyses of our freshwater, how it is likely to worsen if policy changes are not made and the ways in which water quality have been changed by government to give the appearance we are better than we are have highlighted the absolute crisis point our freshwater environments have reached.President of the Tourism Export Council Martin Horgan, says “after hearing from freshwater experts, the industry decided that were in a position to do more, both politically and financially and agreed the Choose Clean Water Tour project was likely to have the most impact with some clear outcomes. The motivation for New Zealand to live up to our environmental promise is twofold. First from a sustainable point of view for future generations, but also from a commercial perspective. Our clean green image has worked as a marketing promise in the past, but if we don’t do more to actively live up to it, in 50-100 years’ time, there won’t be anything to market.”At a time when freshwater legislation is under review (March 2016), the group will also provide the public an opportunity to push for stronger protection through a petition calling for the minimum standard for waterways to be raised from ‘wadeable’ as it is currently to ‘swimmable’, and to establish that the priority for freshwater legislation must be the health of people and the environment.Immink concludes, “New Zealand will not be able to hide should international media grab hold of our freshwater quality. Herds of cows defecating in lakes, rivers and streams is a marketing nightmare. For a country which relies on tourism and our clean green image as our largest source of income, current policy and government commitment to freshwater protection is simply not good enough. The government needs to choose clean water as a national environmental priority”. Tourism Export CouncilSource = Tourism Export Councillast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach “We definitely would love to have him back.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   When March 8 rolls around, expect the Arizona Cardinals to be very busy.That’s the day NFL teams can begin contacting and negotiating with free agents and make qualifying offers to restricted free agents.According to Arizona head coach Bruce Arians, the team’s general manager, Steve Keim, will be busy calling players when the clock strikes 12:01.“We probably have five,” Arians told Doug and Wolf Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM when asked if there was a specific early target for the Cardinals. “Steve and I have the same philosophy, ‘here it is, do you want it? I’m going to ask this guy in about a half an hour. If you don’t want it, I’m going to ask him. If he wants it, you’re out.’ Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It’s easy. We don’t play games.”Of course, the second-year head coach didn’t offer names of players the team is targeting, but did talk about areas where he’d like to see the Cardinals improve.“I think we need to get bigger and stronger on both sides of line with more depth — offensive line and defensive line. We need to get some depth because of our division — you’re going to win at the line of scrimmage in our division, you have to be physical,” he said. “And we can never, never stop getting speed, everywhere. Whether it be a linebacker, pass rusher, corner, safety or wide receiver.”Then there’s the matter of the Cardinals bringing back free agents of their own. Arizona has 14 players in that category, but none more important to re-sign than veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby, who led the team with 122 total tackles and was named a second team All-Pro.Arians knows how vital Dansby is to the Cardinals’ defense.“There’s no doubt — we offered Karlos a contract the day after the season ended,” he said. “We’re still in the negotiating process, but he’s a major part because of what he brought to the table for us as a leader.last_img read more