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Sewage City’s Faecal Beach Closed, Again!

Posted by te2ataria on February 6, 2010

“Don’t shit where you eat” – Billie Goatspeare

Translation for the uninitiated:

Wellington’s Owhiro Bay beach closed due to sewage contamination, AGAIN!

What is it that our friends at Wellington City Council find so difficult to understand?

When you dump untreated [or partially treated] faeces of 400,000 people into the local bay, the beaches are bound to be contaminated with faecal matter.

Owhiro Bay beach water was found to be contaminated with enterococci at high levels likely to cause a health hazard [read: likely to kill fish,] Wellington City Council said.

The most common types of enterococci, like the species infesting most of New Zealand’s coastal waters, come from human intestines.

The warning was the second in NINE DAYS that the level of faecal contaminants were likely to cause serious health hazards.

Wellington council has again urged people to stay clear of the water in the area until the fish consume the enterococci in the water.

“Ingesting the contaminated water could cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting, along with infection to cuts and skin lesions.” A report said.

According to the “Wellington Council Infrastructure Director,” Stavros Michael, the source of the contamination was not obvious.

The blog nominates the Wellington Council Infrastructure Director for the 2010 NZ Honesty Award, honestly!

Pathology:
Important clinical infections caused by Enterococcus include urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis, and meningitis.

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Burning New Zealand’s Flag of Shame

Posted by te2ataria on May 7, 2009

New Zealand flag burned at student meeting about Anzac Day

The New Zealand flag was set on fire today at a meeting called to resolve whether Victoria University students should lay a wreath on Anzac Day.

Joel Cosgrove, a former Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) president, burnt the flag after making a speech against New Zealand imperialism.

He and fellow Workers’ Party members Marika Pratley, a former VUWSA executive member, and Alastair Reith doused a New Zealand flag with an accelerant and lit it, student magazine Salient said.

Staff from the student bar swiftly put the fire out, and ejected Mr Cosgrove, who later told NZPA he had been served with a trespass order banning him from the Student Union building.

He did not consider his actions had endangered others, as he had taken the flag outside into the rain to prevent setting off the sprinkler system.

“The university has put a trespass order on me,” he said.

“I was making a political statement, not trying to burn down the building. I just want to go about my studies.”

VUWSA had called the meeting to debate its rejection of a Wellington City Council invitation last month to lay an Anzac Day wreath.

VUWSA executive members had felt laying a wreath would condone war, outraging students, past and present, who mounted often vitriolic attacks via the Salient magazine website.

The attempt to gauge student feeling failed to meet the required quorum of 50 students, so motions before it could not be passed.

When the floor was opened to speakers, Mr Cosgrove spoke on behalf of the Workers’ Party.

“The rhetoric of Anzac day provides justification for today’s New Zealand imperialist adventures in Afghanistan and the Pacific,” he said.

Though booed, Mr Cosgrove carried on to list conflicts New Zealand had taken part in since World War 1, Salient reported.

“The NZ flag represents both British imperialism and New Zealand imperialism contained within one entity, and for that reason we are against it,” Mr Cosgrove said, before setting the flag alight.

The Workers’ Party action was nothing to do with VUWSA, president Jasmine Freemantle said.

Student Union complex manager Rainsforth Dix told Salient the university was aware of this incident and considering what action to take.

In recent years, Valerie Morse and Paul Hopkinson have been fined for burning the New Zealand flag at protests in Wellington.

The High Court at Wellington eventually overturned Mr Hopkinson’s conviction for dishonouring the flag during a 2003 protest at Parliament.

Ms Morse was in March given permission to be heard in the Court of Appeal over her $500 offensive behaviour fine, related to her burning the flag on Anzac Day in 2007.

Copyright 3News/NZPA.

http://www.3news.co.nz/News/NationalNews/New-Zealand-flag-burned-at-student-meeting-about-Anzac-Day/tabid/423/articleID/102956/cat/64/Default.aspx

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