Poo-shaped cupcakes deliver serious message to Environment Minister Nick Smith
Environment Minister Nick Smith received a bitter sweet form of protest when he was handed a tray full of poo-shaped cupcakes.
The baked treats were presented by local woman Mary Sullivan, a member of the ActionStation organisation as "a fun way of delivering a serious message about the state of our fresh water".
Sullivan had made an appointment to see Smith at Nelson's Saturday Markets to present the poo cakes and discuss a fresh water rescue plan drawn up by ActionStation.
Sullivan said the seven-step plan included ways the government could save New Zealand waterways.
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"I learned something, we had some good discussions."
She said there were things they agreed on and some things they disagreed on.
"In our discussion, Nick agreed that dairying was causing 50 per cent of the pollution out there but he disagreed with the strategy to decrease cow numbers."
Sullivan said she became involved with ActionStation as "clean, fresh water is in all our interests no matter our political persuasions. This is a serious issue that needs urgent attention".
It wasn't the first dirty water protest Smith had received but it was possibly the sweetest.
Smith said he would much rather receive cupcakes from people "making their political poop ... point" whereas others had dumped dirty water.
He said he was confident about the government's plans to improve fresh water quality "with our government having put in place the first national policy on fresh water and having set very ambitious plans" for regional councils to improve waterways.
"I hope she felt satisfied that I share her passion for New Zealand doing a better job of New Zealand managing its fresh water and that she has a better understanding of the government's programme to achieve that."
The cupcakes weren't wasted on Smith.
"They were good cakes"