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Thumbs up: Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker and Gibbston's Niamh Peren in Parliament this week

Gibbston’s Niamh Peren made a quick trip to Wellington this week to present her ‘Thumbs Up New Zealand’ petition on the steps of Parliament.

There to accept it were Green MP Eugenie Sage, Associate Minister for the Environment, Labour MP Kris Faafoi, who’s the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, NZ First’s Jenny Marcroft, an Environment Select Committee member, Labour’s Duncan Webb, the chair of that select committee, and Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker.

Peren says it was “a really special moment”.

“It’s pretty exciting because obviously waste doesn’t discriminate, so it’s quite a few parties represented on the steps, which can only be a good thing, right?”

Peren collected 46,165 signatures for her petition, just shy of her 50,000 goal.

The petition is pushing the government to introduce a compulsory labelling system on all food and drink packaging in New Zealand to indicate what’s made from recyclable materials and is recyclable in NZ, and what’s not.

Yesterday it was announced by the Speaker to the House of Representatives and was given to the Environment Select Committee.

Peren says they’ll review it and then make a recommendation to government.

“I’m pushing for urgency because, obviously, the numbers indicate an urgency.

“All the government has to do now is action positive change by creating that legislation, which shouldn’t be hard.

“I mean, there are harder things to fix out there.”

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz