Letter to the Editor of GB Weekly

Below is a Letter to the Editor of GB Weekly (Golden Bay) dated 29 May 2017 that the owner of the rag refused to publish, as he claimed that the words “slamming” and “apologist” were “emotive”.

The letter writer’s “emotive” response to this censorship? If this editor wishes to hold hands and sing kumbaya with the Tasman District Council while Fish Creek and the Fish Creek Springs continue to be a giant cow toilet as the months go by, that’s his prerogative. But the public has a right to know the truth — Fish Creek Springs are most certainly part of Te Waikoropupu Springs, and TDC and this Fonterra dairy farmer polluter know that. Thus, their attempts to mislead the public should be exposed and shamed. Here is the censored letter —

In the 26 May 2017 GB Weekly article on the severe E.coli contamination in Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve, dairy farmer Graham Ball claimed that there were “mistruths” and that he was not polluting the Springs. He is incorrect. According to the 2009 Te Waikoropupu Management Plan and the Interpretation Panels at the Springs, Te Waikoropupu Springs are made up of a Main Spring (which includes Dancing Sands Springs) and Fish Creek Springs (also known as Fish Spring). As is clearly shown in photos at www.SOSGoldenBay.nz, with almost every rainfall this severe E.coli contamination is slamming into beautiful Fish Creek Springs, which are also wahi tapu. Foam from this dairy runoff can often be seen by visitors to the Springs.

TDC’s apologist Trevor James made excuses for this shocking contamination of a national taonga, but in 2014, he used the same phrases to help prosecute a Murchison farmer (for dairy runoff contamination) as he is now using to protect Graham Ball and Brent Page. As Trevor James testified in court: “Concentrations of E.coli were higher after rain. During rain, contaminants ran off the farm and into the stream. There was a risk to humans who used the river downstream from the farm as they could get ill from E.coli bacteria.”

Why the double standard, TDC? Doesn’t Te Waikoropupu deserve the same concern and protection? In the last 30 days, documented E.coli levels at Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve were >20000; 2500; 12000; 7000; and 9500 MPN/100mL. No More Excuses.