Environment Policy > Pollution Solutions
New Conservative will investigate and implement reasonable and affordable steps to ensure that our rivers and waterways are maintained to the highest achievable standard, and continue to be enjoyed by all New Zealanders. We strongly support existing requirements in waterway fencing and planting and modernising waste water treatment systems to eliminate contaminated discharge into waterways.
New Conservative believes in responsible stewardship of our soil, ensuring it is fertile, free from toxins and productive both now and in the future. We will increase research and development funding to provide alternatives to bulk nitrogen fertilising.
New Conservative recognises the importance New Zealand has in producing high quality food for the world and as such would like to see more funds spent looking at ways to enrich our soils like crop rotation, the use of mulch for water retention and adopting practises from other nations achieving success. We believe it is important to reduce our reliance on excessive pesticides and acknowledge the benefit of investing in research and development.
New Conservative will ensure that our country has clean, breathable air, serving the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders. We will monitor those with discharge permits to ensure best practice with pre-discharge filtration.
New Conservative will invest more in R&D spending to find achievable solutions to our existing pollution issues as well as clearly identifying polluters and best practise to negate pollution. Development of a methodology allowing for joint investment for common desired outcomes where private organisations have an interest in research on environmental impacts.
Billion Trees Programme
New Conservative supports the forestry industry based on the value of the timber produced. It is not good governance to subsidise and incentivise forestry for the value of future carbon credits. We do not support the conversion of productive farmland into pine forests.