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Climate Change

Share your Climate Change ideas

Whanganui District Council is seeking ideas from the community on how we can become a resilient district in the face of climate change. The ideas we gather will be carefully considered, and are likely to be used to develop a proposed climate change strategy.

If you’d like to contribute to the online forum here on the Viewpoint Whanganui website, please write your thoughts in the ‘Reply’ box below. People will be able to view your comment and respond to it when they visit this website, but your email address will not be visible.

The Council would like your opinion on these topics:

  • What could Whanganui households do differently to reduce their contribution to climate change? How could the Council encourage and support households to make changes?
  • What could Whanganui businesses and organisations do differently to reduce their contribution to climate change? How could the Council encourage and support businesses and organisations to make changes?
  • What could the Whanganui district as a whole do to adjust to climate change? How could the Council assist with this?
  • What are the opportunities for Whanganui to become a more united and prosperous district as a result of climate change? How could the Council support this?
  • Are there any other comments or suggestions you would like to make that could help the Council draft its climate change strategy?

If you’d prefer to contribute ideas in another way, there are a range of options:

  • Take an online survey at www.whanganui.govt.nz/haveyoursay
  • Email policysubmissions@whanganui.govt.nz
  • Fill in a feedback form (available from the Council at 101 Guyton Street)
  • Post feedback into one of the Council’s suggestion boxes at libraries and other locations around the city
  • Attend a public meeting – keep an eye on the Council website and Facebook page for dates and venues.

See our Climate Change Discussion Document  for more information.

[Link to discussion document]

WDC Administrator

8 thoughts on “Climate Change

  1. 1. Kerbside recycling for all households would help to avoid unlawful dumping of rubbish. From memory this was something that many people wanted to happen.
    2. Better bus service to help reduce the use of private vehicles. Our current bus service is a bit of a hit and miss … the times are not practical for many people to get to work, e.g. If I start work at 8 there is no 7.30 bus leaving from Castlecliff to enable me to get there or if I do a later start and finish at 5.30 there is no bus home.
    3. Street sweepers … I honestly have no idea if these are still even working. Haven’t seen one in our area for many many months and the last time we had heavy rain we had drains and gutters overflowing with quite a good sized lake going across the road. The council just stuck on a cone in place. Street sweepers are important to collect rubbish etc that has a negative impact on the environment.
    4. Solar panels for council owned buildings
    5. Fix our hard water issue. Hard water destroys appliances which in turn creates more appliances going to the dump plus impacts on the efficiency of said appliances = more pollution.
    6. Dredge the river … help to prevent flooding
    7. Plant more trees
    I have no idea if any of these ideas are already in the pipeline


      Towards carbon neutral homes: its all about the source (Green Carbon choices).
      Eliminate burning fossil fuels – no coal, oil or gas! There is great Urgency Needed to aim for a 1.5 degree increase of warming in the next 5 years. That’s far better than the gross 23.1 per cent gross emissions increase in New Zealand since 1990!

      Request landlords and homeowners to switch energy providers from fossil fuelled energy to renewable/non fossil fuels
      Switch off appliances over-night and use most efficient 5-star types, install solar water heating at least.
      Heat/cool homes with passive solar, good air flow ventilation in summer, thermal drapes at evening, double glazing, ethanol (biofuel), wood convection burners (smoke not same as C02).

      Live car free; public transport; bike and walk; EV vehicles and bikes; by-pass air travel; eat less meat; buy locally/grow own fruit and vegetables seasonally or source locally.

      Connect for conversations with next-door neighbours and encourage sharing of resources and working together on larger projects, keeping one another safe, resilient plans for emergencies

      Support the Living Wage Movement; use green and time economy in your neighbourhood;
      Move money investments away from dirty banks, businesses and industries; encourage financial institutions to invest in renewables and social good; refuse to buy plastic wrapped, packed or containers;
      support organic non-oil-based alternatives.

      Organic material composted/wormeries and returned to Earth; make lawns into shrubs and flowers for birds, bees and insects. Get rid of your lawn mower.
      Non-organic waste needs to be massively reduced to require less transportation for recycling, landfills and pollution of waterways and oceans. Old vehicles, furniture, appliances must not be dumped into the environment.

      Whanganui Council support to households
      Act quickly after these community discussions to put in place:
      • Facilitators for neighbourhood Zero Carbon action groups
      • Organise Consultants for people wanting to improve the solar energy aspects of their lives.
      • Encourage fair spread of finance, employment, wages, and participation of every citizen in Whanganui.
      • Listen very carefully to our children and youth, and act as the responsible adults we all want to be.
      • Encourage and support leaders of the Green Movements in the Community and resource them well.
      • Acknowledge the foresters, orchardists, market gardeners’ agriculturists and farmers supplying locally grown products organically and in tune with nature.
      • Encourage diversity and be open to new ideas for integrating human living cycles within our bioregion
      • Provide more safe routes for biking and walking throughout the city.
      • EV people movers providing loops at key times from city to the suburbs.
      • Encourage green businesses and the investments of banks into local mitigation projects.
      • Connect our local streams and tributaries flowing through the city as public walkways and spaces. Open them up to the natural environment wherever possible to allow species to get to their breeding places and nurseries. Other freshwater users birds, animals, insects and native wetland trees and plants will also improve the carbon sinks of our city.
      Sisters of Saint Joseph: Noelene Landrigan, Rita Cahill, Margaret Rowley, Liz Hickey.
      Apology from: John Bosco Kendal, Marie Skidmore.


  2. All best endeavor’s must start at the beginning, with `climate change’, this has never occurred. No human ever studied the `Nature’ of NZ before rushing off into their interpretation of what was best for us Humans. By nature I mean the unique Evolution that took place over the last 80 million years and made NZ different from any other continent.
    Pacific immigrants arrived about a thousand years ago with Rats and Dogs and wiped out a whole family of species of Moa with no science of NZ whatsoever. English immigrant then arrived with a plethora of toxic predators even against the wishes of their own scientists of the day. If we serious about saving our planet we must go back to the beginning and research where we went wrong.
    I believe Whanganui has specific problems of `Climate Change’ because humans have lived here longer than other areas of NZ. We have abused Nature for longer!
    I believe our worst invaders are Dogs, Cats, feral Goats and Radiata Pine trees.


    1. Scientific research does not necessarily mean technical aids it could be just a well documented study bi a university student that includes a comment by an old surviving Maori who remembers an ancestors comment about a Moa hunt .
      I believe that Moa facts could diverge many changes to our knowledge that could start us on our attempt to divert `climate change’ and help us start to rectify our habits and even save the Kiwi for instance!

      I also believe that some exotic plants like radiata pine trees are against NZ nature and doing irreparable damage to our Whanganui environment.


  3. I actually lived and worked among wild Kiwi in Whanganui National Park, for several years and would dispute most of the facts that are widely cataloged about them. I believe I could provide a `Formula’ that would reinstate Wild Kiwi and many other native species to Whanganui. This would however mean a massive change to our care of pets ( Cats, Dogs, Goats and other exotic predators) My formula would require setting up school training systems and whole small industrial industries to Whanganui that could be self funding in many cases. I have 18 years experience in this regard, on a `lifestyle block’ here in Aramoho to reinforce my knowledge on this subject.


  4. I urge the council to do some thorough research into the topic before joining the popular lemming-like hype around climate change and our response to it locally. In the end, a Dollar figure is going to be attached to the hype and rate payers are going to be taxed with another revenue stream – when we already have large problems to deal with in Whanganui, ie. not enough homes / lack of rentable accommodation / growing homelessness for those on the lower end of the economic spectrum and for the mentally unstable in our community.
    Here is a credible start – https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ross-mckitrick-this-scientist-proved-climate-change-isnt-causing-extreme-weather-so-politicians-attacked


  5. 1. Whanganui assets should be protected above all in a Climate Change strategy. These include te awa, the beach, sand dunes, forests, birdlife, forest life, sealife, coast life and of course the tangata whenua. Perhaps the Council could reapportion approximately $40,000 per annum on 2 paid beach guardians – one for Castlecliff and one for Kia Iwi. This amount is currently spent on the polishing up of Castlecliff beach every year as it has done as a standard procedure for about 20/30 years. This no longer requires any resource consent and totally works against protecting the area. Beach guardians would encourage bikes to stay off the dunes and hence encourage the regrowth of the sand dunes themselves and other life in them. Council could implement No Bikes at all with a considerable penalty attached for offences. Council could clean up the river, whatever is required. Council could ensure that Maori elders are contacted before any work begins.
    2. Council could stop spraying the berms and encourage people to plant. Council could encourage every new real estate owner to plant a bush/tree every time they buy a new property.
    3. Council could have registration for cats just as they do for dogs, and insist on cat runs. Domestic cats can roam up to 400 metres from home – and kill wild birds.
    4. The Council could plant a corridor of bird food trees providing this resource across the city and indeed region, and in so doing ensure birdlife everywhere.
    5. The Council should pick up private rubbish bins only once a month to encourage people to look at what they are putting in the rubbish and reduce.
    6. The Council should be strong in it’s resolution to action/enforce stuff to do with Climate Change.
    7. The Council should ensure that all Councillors and all workers are in agreement about the strategy for Climate Change.


  6. https:// cei.org/blog/wrong-again-50years-failed-eco-apocalyptic-predictions
    https:// principia-scientific.org/breaking-news-dr-tim-ball-defeats-micheal-manns-climate-lawsuit
    Wake up. Make an attempt at a little self education instead of blindly following mass media headline histeria. Ask yourself who are these supposed 97% of scientists that agree climate change is man made. Online you can find many eminent scientists that totally disagree with this gravy train science. The only constant is change and this applies to climate. If you want to do something constructive for the planet buy a piece of rope because after we are gone the planet will carry on its merry journey in orbit around our galaxy regardless.
    I confer with Calvyn Jonker’s comments.



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