World Environment Day passed while media were fixed on Platinum Jubilee – but the gold state coach did not spew fumes

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Congratulations to New Zealanders who were recognised for their service to the country in the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours list 2022 dominated the news posted on The Beehive website over the holiday weekend.

The 187 honours recipients included two appointments to our highest honour, The Order of New Zealand, and the appointments of three Dames and three Knights.

But while much of the media’s attention over the weekend was focussed on the celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, Environment Minister David Parker drew attention to June 5 being World Environment Day.

He honoured the occasion by handing $4.12 million of Jobs for Nature funding to a project to breathe life back into the Styx River and create jobs in Christchurch

He described this as another example of the strong action the Government is taking to tackle environmental degradation.

“It’s going to bring back the birds, fish, the invertebrates, and the native plants. We can really get things happening with the river, and support local employment.”

Over the next five years, the project will create around 43 full time equivalent jobs, which will focus on eradicating pest plants and protecting freshwater quality.

Forestry Minister Stuart Nash was on tree-planting duties on World Environment Day and announced new partnerships with the Trees That Count and Trees for Survival programmes, as well as with the international Arbor Day Foundation, at a community planting event in Havelock North on New Zealand Arbor Day 2022.

He said the partnerships reflect the Government’s commitment to working with communities to support native afforestation.

Another announcement – the New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path in west Auckland, enabling people to walk or bike ride directly from New Lynn to Avondale – is doing its bit for the environment, too.

“The Government is upgrading New Zealand’s transport system to make it safer, greener, and more efficient for now and future generations to come,” Transport Minister Michael Wood said.

And:

“Delivering on projects such as this helps address our current infrastructure deficit while also meeting future needs caused by population growth and climate change.

“This shared path will encourage more people to cycle and walk, help prevent deaths and injuries on our roads, ease traffic congestion, and features a boarded walkway from the Avondale Train Station to the town centre, connecting those walking, cycling or catching the bus to the town centre.”

Fair to say, the gold state coach which led the procession during celebrations in London of the Queen’s 70 years on the Throne was followed – among other things – by a parade of vintage cars and double-decker buses.  Did anyone measure the fumes?

And let’s not forget the emissions from a Royal Air force fly-past, and the red, white and blue smoke trails from the Red Arrow jets.

On the other hand, the gold state coach was not carrying passengers, but rather was flaunting new windows through which footage of the Queen on Coronation Day back in 1953 was on display.

The coach was commissioned in 1760 for King George III’s coronation and wedding day in 1761, but wasn’t completed in time and was first used when King George III ventured to the Opening of Parliament on November 25, 1762.  It has been used at every coronation in the past 200 years.

How many of those vintage cars and double-decker buses will be in running condition in  200 years?

Oh, and the coach was drawn by eight horses.  That should have ruled out carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, or benzene. 

Methane and muck? Maybe.

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Government delivers greater connections for New Lynn

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