Please ban all burning off and all woodburners in Wellington.

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Petition details

Wellington council should ban the use and installation of all solid fuel domestic heaters and should have a complete ban on burning off. Woodsmoke is not only a nuisance, it is toxic. It is carcinogenic & mutagenic and has 100s of poisons in it. It leads to the deaths of 1000s of people in NZ each year. It causes asthma and other diseases. Living near a woodburner means months of misery each year or moving home. The real cost of wood burners is paid by the community and not by the polluter.

Background information

Personally I have had to move home 2 times in the 12 months I have lived in New Zealand. Each time was because of wood smoke. Once was due to regular burnoffs from a neighbour and the other was due to domestic wood fires. I now live outside of Wellington to avoid the risk of having to move again to avoid wood smoke, but in a better world I could buy a house in Wellington without fear of wood smoke.

Submitted by Matthew Thredgold
matthew.thredgold@xtra.co.nz
Date declined 24 November 2009
Status Declined

What happened to this petition?

This petition was declined for the following reason:

Petition was not within the jurisdiction of the Council.

It was recommended that the petitioner refer his concerns to the Greater Wellington Regional Council and Ministry for the Environment.