United Future considers freshwater is fundamental to the Kiwi way of life. Our rights to swim, fish, gather food and enjoy all of our rivers and lakes in their natural state are essential. These waters belong to the people of New Zealand. However, if left unchecked, increasing agriculture intensification, private ownership schemes, insensitive land practices, and increasing urbanization will pollute and dewater our rivers, streams, and lakes to a point whereby they will degrade to being no more than toxic drains.
New Zealand has been attempting to eradicate selected mammals by poisoning with 1080 for over sixty years. But we can do so much more to ensure better community involvement, the protection of local fur and trap industries, better management of our game animals. Vast amounts of research have been undertaken to measure its effectiveness but the target species (rats, stoats and possums) are still here, perhaps in greater numbers than ever.
We are proposing a comprehensive system to ensure that alternatives can exist and research can continue to ensure that New Zealand continues to have the best options available to protect our outdoors.
UnitedFuture believes that all New Zealanders have a birth right to enjoy our unique, diverse landscape. Our strong outdoor heritage is central to what it means to be a Kiwi.
UnitedFuture, while welcoming the establishment of the Walking Access Commission, does not consider the Commission has sufficient legislative authority to protect the right of access to public land. It needs more teeth.
UnitedFuture has had a great deal of success in influencing Government policy in the recreational hunting space. The primary gain we have secured is through the successful establishment of the Game Animal Council with the enactment of the Game Animal Council legislation in 2014. The Council promotes a sensible management regime recognising the historical, cultural, nutritional and recreational value of big game animals (deer, chamois, tahr and wild pigs), while not neglecting the environmental responsibilities that come with managing such a resource, has been achieved.