I am proud to finally be able to say that yesterday my Environment Select Committee voted to open a wide ranging inquiry into Auckland’s polluted beaches and failing water infrastructure – the result of many weeks of behind-the-scenes work by myself and the Green Party committee member.
Until the select committee officially announced the inquiry tonight, Parliament’s rules prevented discussion of the proceedings leading up to the vote. It’s highly disappointing that Labour and NZ First voted against the inquiry, despite their rhetoric about being the “greenest Government ever”.
I’m looking forward to hearing from Aucklanders frustrated by their beaches being unswimmable as well as the scientists and experts, and from our local authorities. It is the aim of this inquiry to bring about greater transparency, accountability and a proper understanding of the problems.