‘Did you know Little Oneroa Stream doesn’t look dangerous but it is’
OMG! What is the Waiheke Local Board doing allowing children access to a Council playground only metres away, or paddle in the Little Oneroa stream, or swim in the sea close by when it is ‘DANGEROUS’. How irresponsible! But what exactly is the ‘danger’?
Are these shark infested waters?
Is the stream full of poison?
Will tourists and locals die if they eat Dragonfired pizzas made with polluted water?
The notice doesn’t tell us. It does feature a very old picture from the Auckland City Council days that goes back at least five years when there was a health scare following flooding in the stream.
The notice also says ‘There are three fish species in the stream Banded Kokopu, Giant Bully, and Koura’. All these species need clean, fresh, running water to survive.
Something’s out of whack here. On the one hand the notice is telling us the stream has clean, fresh running water but yet it is also ‘dangerous’. A look on the Waiheke Resources Trust website makes this assertion – ‘The Waiheke Resources Trust (WRT) has commenced a community led project to clean up the polluted waterway of Little Oneroa’.
I can smell something fishy going on here, and the small isn't coming from the Little Oneroa Stream.
What I do know is the stream is not polluted. I know this because the first Waiheke Local Board and previous Waiheke Community Boards have funded independent environmental consultants to survey every septic system feeding into the stream.
The results of the latest 2013 survey found that:
- Foam that occasionally appears on the stream in summer is a natural phenomena created when fresh and saltwater meet.
- There were a couple of cases where residents in the catchment area had attempted to be ‘environmental’ by diverting their greywater out of the septic and onto bare ground which slightly raised nitrate levels in the stream. This practice was stopped.
- The only faeces that were animal in origin were duck poo or dog poo.
As an on-going precaution the resident Wastewater Officer is required to monitor the sewage systems through the by-laws.
In addition Auckland Council’s Safeswim programme monitors 63 public beaches, including Waiheke Beaches, weekly during summer months. Tests this year show ‘safe water quality readings and all beaches were safe to swim in’.
All this hard scientific information begs the question what is this really all about because it sure as hell isn’t about a ‘polluted’ stream.
The Waiheke Resources Trust used to be called the Waste Resources Trust. The Waste Resources Trust is the brainchild of John Stansfield, partner of hard left Green party List MP Denise Roche. It is the centre of Green Party propaganda on the island. To date the WRT has received $14,604 from the current Waiheke Local Board to support Project Little Oneroa. The money has been spent on such essentials as advertising in the Gulf News, publicity material, printing, leaflets, posters and an ‘egg timer’ (yes, really!).
To date the project has achieved the sum total of nothing except divesting the ratepayers of Waiheke of nearly $15000 to pay for Green Party propaganda.
It is typical of how the Greens operate. Create a ‘scare’ (the whole global warming/climate change scam comes to mind); get funded by ratepayers and taxpayers to ‘educate’ the public about the apparent dangers without any actual evidence to back up your claims; make the public pay for your Green propaganda machine.
What IS dangerous and irresponsible is having this ratepayer funded group threaten the island’s tourism by making outrageous claims that are not backed up by any information or evidence.
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