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News round-up - South Island

June 3, 2020

News round-up - South Island

A round-up of news from Te Wai Pounamu. Image: Rosa Garcia Knight

In this edition of the Te Waha Nui South Island bulletin; the South Island Independence Movement says ‘it is time’ it became its own country, golliwog sales spark outrage during international Black Lives Matter protests, drugs were stolen from Southland Hospital, a landfill in Timaru has cost the council $900,000 in carbon credits and Christchurch residents risk losing their yellow bins as more loads go to landfill than to be recycled.

  • Newshub reports that the South Island Independence Movement has published a  manifesto, saying 'it is time' it became its own country.

The movement’s founder has published its manifesto 'Our Southern Isle' in an attempt to show how it would run its own country if its ties were cut with the North Island.

The manifesto was posted on Facebook and the group is asking for up to $25 per week for a membership fee to fund the movement.

  • Nelson Mail/Stuff is leading with the backlash against golliwog sales during international Black Lives Matter protests.

A Picton woman selling handmade golliwogs over Facebook has been slammed for advertising the "racist" dolls on the same day 4000 people marched in Auckland to show solidarity after George Floyd's death.

Race Relations Commissioner for New Zealand, Meng Foon, said the dolls were "demeaning and hurtful" because they depicted images of oppression, slavery and racism.

  • The Southern Times/Stuff report that a police investigation has been launched into opioid theft at Southland Hospital.

The anaesthetic drugs reportedly missing from the hospital have a high street value and can be very harmful when used outside of the professional hospital setting.

Hospitals employees are concerned at the lack of information they have received and feel that everyone is under suspicion at the moment.

  • The Timaru Herald/Stuff featured a story on the Timaru Council having to pay more than $900k in carbon credits to government for 2019.

The cost come from higher emissions at Redruth landfill.

The material removed after Rangitata River flood in December 2019 has taken part of the blame for the $200k increase on previous years carbon credit costs.

  • The Press/Stuff report that Christchurch residents are risking to lose their yellow bins if they ignore pleas to separate their recycling.

Christchurch residents careless recycling of contaminated waste is costing the council almost $1 million.

Last Wednesday, 30 truckloads of yellow bin recycling were sent to landfill and just five were recycled.

Each load costs the council $1000 to dump.

The Christchurch City Council is now refusing to empty yellow bins that contain general rubbish and say if the practice continues the bin will be confiscated.

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