Our neighbourhoods and harbour have been despoiled by huge power pylons for too long. The pylons would never have been erected in suburbs along the Waitemata Harbour, and our community should not have to bear the brunt.
It is possible to Bury the Pylons from the dividends that Transpower earns (over $200m per year) and forwards to central government. We know it won’t happen overnight but we are pressing for a responsible plan to be developed.
We worked with local MP Phil Goff to get the issue raised to a parliamentary committee through a community petition. David then worked hard on the submissions to the Commerce Committee, succeeding in getting the Puketapapa Local Board to support the campaign and submit. The Commerce Committee decided not to carry out the investigations we asked for, but a minority report from that committee supported us.
More recently we’ve submitted to the East West Link inquiry asking that they bury the pylons in the Manukau Harbour as part of that work, and lobbied Panuku Development Auckland to do the same with the Transform Onehunga project.
With a committee of interested locals we’re now working on a postcard campaign asking both the Labour and National candidates for the Mt Roskill electorate to commit to lobbying Transpower for an undergrounding plan if elected.
The wording of the postcard reads:
To Parmjeet Parmar / Michael Wood,
I/we the undersigned Mt Roskill voter(s), support the campaign to end pylon pollution on the Manukau harbour. Transpower promised in August 2016 “to work actively through community and environmental programmes to mitigate the impact of their network.”
Our people and waterways deserve respect. It’s time to responsibly bury the power lines that blot our landscape.
Will your party request Transpower to:
Undertake a cost/benefit analysis for a programme to remove pylons carrying high-voltage power lines from the Manukau harbour and the Auckland isthmus?
Provide ongoing long term funding for pylon removals? In the five years to 2016, Transpower paid divides of over $1.12 billion to the government, so money is available.
Allow for the removal of high voltage pylons in the way of the East-West Expressway project and the Panuku Auckland (Transform Onehunga) project?
We’re planning to present the postcards, along with the results of an accompanying Facebook campaign, to Dr Parmar and Mr Wood in mid September.
We’re in this one for the long haul!