Taranaki voices excluded from parliament
“Our group Climate Justice Taranaki confirmed today that Taranaki voices have been excluded from parliament for months
with the region's submissions being lost in cyberspace” says Climate Justice Taranaki spokesperson Urs Signer.
“When making submissions last week on the EPA (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill, we noticed that our group's
submission on this bill, as well as those from individuals in Taranaki, were not received when using parliament's
designated submission form. We then realised that the select committee also did not receive our submissions made in
April, on the EEZ Amendment Bill which allows STOS and other oil companies to continue their operations before decisions
of their marine consent applications and/or any subsequent objections or appeals are made."
“Parliamentary Services has now acknowledged that people selecting 'Taranaki' as the region they reside in when using
submission form never had a chance to have their opinions heard by MPs because the form was faulty. We were advised
that this happened after Taranaki was finally included as a residential option to the form sometime between December
2014 and April 2015.”
“This basically means that for months, all submissions made by Taranaki residents simply ended up in parliament's spam
folder. It is a huge insult to the tireless work our group and many others across the Taranaki region put into advancing
the interests of communities and the environment” concludes Urs Signer.