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  1. Ian Apperley, 8. February 2017, 8:28

    It’s worth noting that this has gone on for somewhere around two decades as well. It’s hardly a new issue. A quick search has news articles going well back.

    Successive Councils just haven’t invested in infrastructure. They’d rather have vanity projects.

  2. Aidy, 8. February 2017, 9:25

    Well said. The rubbish in the harbour on friday was disgusting, ahead of one of the only decent beach days this summer. And the brown slicks that run into Lyall Bay after moderate rainfall aren’t reassuring.

    It seems the council can do work to protect low lying houses from stormwater when there’s enough outcry, (There have been two major drainage works on Queens Drive in the last 18 months), but paying rates doesn’t mean you’ll be able to use the beaches and coastal areas safely.

    For all the WCC’s and Regional Council’s consultation on a new environment plan last year, very little seems to change unfortunately.

  3. Mark Shanks, 8. February 2017, 10:03

    Excellent article Michael and your concerns are only going to become more urgently in need of resolution as extreme weather events inevitably increase in frequency. Water quality and security is the most pressing issue for GWRC and WCC to deal with but their responses always seem to be reactive. I too wonder about their priorities.

  4. Elaine Hampton, 8. February 2017, 10:05

    When John Key (where is he now?) said NZ 100% pure was ‘just a brand,’ Kiwis in London were joking about NZ 30% pure. Probably down to 10% now. Some years ago I walked my dog at dusk along the beach at Lyall Bay, couldn’t work out what the terrible smell was, washed the dog, still there, had to wash the boots and leave them outside. Disgusting. My son used to surf there. Surely a clean environment is a non negotiable, public health matter, essential. There is already the plane drop out over the area. Vanity projects are a nice to have. Let’s set the principle of no overflow onto the beach and then debate the detail.

  5. Mikey, 9. February 2017, 10:17

    WCC and Wellington Water have another agenda. Infrastructure, instead of repairs and maintenance.
    If only everyone had water tanks to collect rainwater – as was proposed eight years ago.

  6. Phil Wollerman, 9. February 2017, 12:19

    As a surfer who barely uses Lyall Bay these days, I still feel strongly that the Councils – City and Regional – have a duty of care to their ratepayers.

    As Elaine says above, surely clean water is a non-negotiable, public health matter. If as Mike Gunson says, cash can be found to subsidise an application for an Airport extension that will cost ratepayers over $90million on top of the $5m application subsidy.

    For years surfers put up with solids and floating condoms and sanitary aids at Titahi Bay coming from a direct outfall. No way would I want my kids or do I expect anyone’s to have to swim or surf in other people’s shit – even if it is only for a few days a year that is a few days too much.

    Find the money and fix the problems – even if you need to inspect every stormwater pipe in the city to find private offenders – before Wellington Water is sold off to private enterprise who will never fix this. You would be best advised not to hold your breath, though. Except when duck-diving!

  7. TrevorH, 9. February 2017, 14:14

    This is unacceptable. Clean water and effective sanitation are the fundamentals on which civilization depends, not vanity convention centres and fantasy airports. Wellington is increasingly a grotty, run down dump thanks to Councillors’ indifference.

  8. Michael Gunson, 11. February 2017, 1:27

    Ian Apperley, As a 10 year year old in ’71, my Mom dragged me round the neighborhood in Breaker Bay to solicit signatures for a petition asking the WCC to remedy raw sewage spewing out from the Moa Point outfall into Breaker Bay in a south westerly. As a little surfer nipper I was well aware of the raw stuff floating in Lyall Bay in a south easterly wind.

    Thank god for milli-screening, cos then at least we didn’t see the used condoms, the sanitary pads… we could still smell it though…

    Now they have some UV treatment, great! Except for when it rains…

    Oh well at least the wastewater is now polished, and we may receive more value for infratil’s asset portfolio if WIAL gains its consents..

  9. Henry Filth, 14. February 2017, 5:21

    Seems like New Zealanders just can’t see a body of water without wanting to dump a pile of sh*t in it. . .