#EQNZ preparedness fail will cost lives

Sustainability has many dimensions, as innumerable as humanity itself. Pressure on environment from population growth feeds back, as exponential risk. How we organise to respond, to our own lack of planning, is critical. For communities, each test case and lesson is invaluable, for informing better preparedness – in disaster accumulating all around us, towards global catastrophe like none on record yet, barring the biblical flood.. Earth systems chemistry abhors us now.[0]

All the warnings are already in place. We will, without urgent revision as a social species, probably be gone. Dinosaurs have taught us this. – Are we to become another exclusively archaeological bone type too? An inability to adapt, quickly enough, is proven terminally fatal. An evolutionary ‘recovery speed limit’ is being breached, as we speak, by collective (in)action.[1] #TheMeaningOfSustainability.

The global poor bear the brunt of calamity, and always have done.[2] Wealth grows division, and itself, as top priority.[3]

So the lesson of Cashmere community preparedness sits within this frame. After the Canterbury earthquakes disaster, it grew as a natural response – of people coming together for mutual support and defensive prospect: as volunteers, we could do something about the seismic peril at our door. We made progress, based on honesty and trust – in helping each other to face the situation. This essence was critical, we would discover in future years. For when honesty was stripped away and replaced with distrust – the dominant failing of the wider society – our preparedness work was savagely halted.

If we don’t find ways to rely on each other, in a crisis, we really have nothing to rely on at all: within five days of blog publication, Technically correct crown agency advice leads Whakaari tour operators to lead 16 people (so far) to their deaths and many more to serious injury at White Island, 9 Dec 2019.

Not only ourselves, but our ability to help others – if there is no basis of community trust promptly restored – are significantly undermined when there’s local need of rapid evacuation plans: Large tsunami may flood more Christchurch properties than earlier thought – The Press, 03 Dec 2019.

So we must proceed with identifying and eliminating the sources of dishonesty distrust.

The first two are already gone: the residents’ group ‘Secretary’ who imposed as unelected Chair, to rob and disorganise Cashmere community, and the church minister who destabilised with false accusations to bring this on (and profit the church) – both resigned during 2019. These corruptions are now out, for good. Last is to track their fertiliser source, to ensure the noxious selfish – once so damagingly ‘in charge’ – can never return to influence here.

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[0] Three days after blog publication, a moment of post-colonial history breach, when Heavy rain, slips and floodwaters close key roads and cut South Island in half – The Press, 8 Dec 2019.

[1] Climate change damage equivalent to asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs, warn scientists – Metro.co.uk, 8 Apr 2019

[2] Climate change forces 20 million people to flee each year, says Oxfam – Deutsche Welle, 2 Dec 2019 + Climate change has become a health emergency 14 Nov 2019

[3] Brand Crusaders chooses money over morality – Stuff, 3 Dec 2019

Environment Canterbury elections 2019

Sustainable Canterbury combines with Save Our Water campaign, from 2007, to seek representation for good long-term values on Canterbury Regional Council, through the zero-waste campaign launch of CommunityVoice.NZ today. Please help by hosting a 100%-recycled election billboard! – Contact here, and:
Rik Tindall flier p1 Aug16 ZW19 scaled.5
In a globalised marketplace, what we can best do about product stewardship is focus on what we can grow, make, process, re-use and conserve here at home.

New Zealand trade and industry is due a quantum shift in sustainable product – from the paddock to the plate and everywhere in between, especially packaging and freight. We have everything we need, technically, to provide a global leadership contribution the world sorely needs, working with our primary base. For peace, climate and resource preservation, it is our utmost duty to pitch in and help.

On these important issues, make loud your Community Voice! Kia ora koutou.

Fighting Extinction

Climate debate is over. Our world knows weather disasters like never before, statistics of change that cannot be denied: July 2019 breaks records as world’s hottest month Newshub, 6 Aug 2019 + The worst year for wildfires: What can I do? BBC, 8 Jul 2019 & How Siberia is trying to fight the wildfires 3 Aug 2019 & Typhoon Lekima: 28 dead and a million evacuated in China 11 Aug 2019.*

The children, the next generation to ‘inherit the Earth’ – a wrong concept, so detrimentally normalised – are moving to have more than hope: Why we’ve updated our demands School Strike for Climate, 6 Aug 2019.

As noted in the previous post, Rebellion against Extinction has been declared, worldwide; and now locally – to cut carbon emissions – against use of coal:
PeoplePower-XR- Woolston-9Aug19-crop2
PeoplePower-XR- Woolston-9Aug19 “People got the power” – XR Otautahi Christchurch, Woolston, 9 Aug 2019.

Refs: XR Ōtautahi Declares Rebellion Against Coal extinctionrebellion.nz 25 Jul 2019 & Extinction Rebellion Ōtautahi to peacefully block coal 8 Aug 2019 + facebook.com/XR.Chch & extinctionrebellionchristchurch.wordpress + 9 Aug:

Extinction Rebellion blocks train tracks on coal face of climate change protest
RNZ Protesters arrested after blocking train tracks Checkpoint interviews youtube

Protestors lock themselves to train tracks in Christchurch NewstalkZB

19 people arrested as anti-coal protesters stop coal train in Christchurch The Press stuff

Nineteen people arrested as climate protestors halt train carrying coal in Christchurch TVNZ

Christchurch climate change protesters stop coal train, 19 taken into custody Newshub

XR – Extinction Rebellion Ōtautahi Christchurch – Coal Cooks the Climate Ezra Holder photo gallery

Citizen’s assemblies are not far away, to resolve the challenges of transforming the polluting economy into one of nett carbon capture, with zero waste and all aboard for the ride: XR Citizen’s Assembly.

The time is now, to bring holistic sustainability influence to decision-making tables, to work with all communities for an inclusive future of real care – for planet, people, and biodiversity we share the air and waters with. Kia kaha!

* Climate change was behind 15 weather disasters in 2017 Stuff, 11 Dec 2018
Though ourworldindata.org/natural-disasters graph shows decline?
This US heartland has been flooded for five months. Does anyone care? The Guardian, 3 Aug & ‘Part of German soul’ under threat as forests die 7 Aug 2019.
Wild weather aftermath: ‘The place looks like a war zone’ – Auckland resident RNZ & Tornado strikes New Plymouth, injuring one person and damaging house TVNZ, 12 Aug 2019.


Paris Accord goals within reach as scientists forecast slowing rise in global temperatures TVNZ, 2 Dec 2020.

Extracting facts difficult at coal mine in Canterbury, Newsroom, 8 Dec 2020.

Plastic fantastic?

Plastic waste has become a constant, growing problem in the Earth environment. It kills wild creatures, litters beaches, reserves and streets, as a multi-coloured, land, water or air borne eyesore almost everywhere. How do we stop the flood?!

Plastic looks like the biggest single kind of pollutant from humankind’s expansion, because of its wide distribution, physical prominence and lack of a terminal use (accumulation). But more of humanity’s pollution goes unseen.

Plastic is organic carbon and represents mined fossil fuel, that as a principle warms the planet through greenhouse gas releases. We must find a different way of delivering production, to help stabilise the climate, protect ocean life and reduce weather event risks like drought, fire, storm, flood and freezing.

Campaigns to limit or remove plastic ‘single-use’ product have begun in earnest. Multiple uses of plastic products are more the norm, such is its versatility and deep embedding in the modern economy. (‘Futurist’ economy is very different.)

So how should we respond? We can always buy less and find alternative products to those coming plastic-wrapped. But in many ways now, time/choice is limited. Plastic’s role in economies is unique: highly malleable, light and strong material with low immediate cost. The cost accrues long-term and needs full accounting.

When, as a group of mostly Mairehau High School friends, in 1979 we renamed our formative punk band The Plague, as Plastic Impact, we were onto an emerging and serious trend. The question remains, only more urgent today – how to reduce plastic impact upon good planet Earth?*




Graphics source: https://rebellion.earth – #XR

Screenshot at 2018-12-06 20-47-37

http://www.greenpeace.org.nz : Solarise NZ & make oil history


Slovakian coal protesters face jail –
https://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/press-release/update-greenpeace-activists-denied-bail-facing-months-in-jail-awaiting-trial/ – an ‘XR’ action e.g.

https://www.greens.org.nz/trash-into-cash – too little too late?

https://www.greens.org.nz/page/climate-change-policy – ‘contraction and convergence’ etc – formal, mandated tackling (2017-20..?)

Solutions / more info



Energy recovery from pyrolysis of plastic waste: Study on non-recycled plastics (NRP) data as the real measure of plastic waste –


Replacing coal use now, as much as possible using plastic waste as an industrial feed-stock, makes good sense – it recycles the fossil carbon and gives the waste a value that will remove it from waste streams and dumping.

Keep coal in the ground, reduce new oil use to the greatest extent possible (from fractionated plastic etc.). Transition to battery, solar energy and biomass renewable fuels, for indispensable motor transport.

We must have new industry along these lines, as well as completed use of all plastic. Inert, it is sequestered carbon though far too often abandoned junk.

We are surrounded by green leaves, wood, and now plastic – fragmenting down to micro particles everywhere – the Anthropocene habitat of carbon artefacts? …

Park it safely or get rid of it properly – with safe technological processing. But either way, replacing plastic manufacture is no less challenging that the climate crisis it relates to.

The idea of stopping plastic production is a very long stretch, given the economic powers holding sway and the constrained budgets and choices of consumers they ‘serve’. We have to think very big on this one. Everyone is involved, so must be.**



Kia ora, kia kaha (be well, be strong)

Article author: natural autonomy N/A

* A musical ‘plastic’ reference from our era, that influenced our choice of band name satirically, was Plastic Bertrand and his 1977-78 hit song.

** NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground RadioNZ 23Sep’18

Disposal of plastic waste needs urgent rethink – report RadioNZ 3Dec’18

Hard truths about recycling – it’s mostly PR Opinion, RadioNZ 4Dec’18

New notes, 261218..

Plastic Fantastic BBC4 UK

UK Plastics Pact “trailblazing, collaborative initiative that will create a circular economy for plastics. It brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste.. By 2025, The UK Plastics Pact will transform the UK plastic packaging sector by meeting four world-leading targets” Waste and Resources Action Programme wrap.org.uk

RT7000 Thermal Cracker & Distillation recyclingtechnologies.co.uk

“Globally as little as 5 percent of plastic was ever recycled, meaning recycling would never address the problem.. there is predicted to be a 33 percent increase in fossil fuel based plastic production in the next five years” Stemming plastic production should be focus, says researcher RadioNZ 29Dec’18

Global Olivine “uses sixteen discrete, integrated, sustainable processes to turn your trash into cash for you. Waste is a resource” Warwick Davies et. al. Ackd

6 momentous stunts by environmental movement Extinction Rebellion HITC.com Dec18

ECan-CCC quash commuter rail initiative

The Press graphic of proposed Mid-Canterbury commuter rail system, 2017

The Press graphic of proposed Mid-Canterbury commuter rail system, 2017

Committee nixes ‘grassroots’ commuter rail plan for Christchurch, but option not ruled out completely – The Press, 18 May 2017 – http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/92688088/committee-nixes-grassroots-commuter-rail-plan-for-christchurch-but-option-not-ruled-out-completely

Christchurch City elections 8.10.2016

Sustainable Canterbury is campaigning to contest the Christchurch City Council elections in October. If you wish to support this campaign, or to take part in organising meetings, please email sustainablecanterbury@gmail.com

Policy principles

* Environmentally sustainable economics and infrastructure

* Local democracy that is real, giving voice to community values and goals

* Representation that is real and local, free from national party politics

* Cultural diversity and gender equity are strengths that we build with

* Youth opportunity for training and employment

* Respect for contributions made by older citizens; care for the disadvantaged

* Recognition and support of communities, damaged in 2016 and earlier, to be surveyed on the engagement performance of council; if found negative, restore community organisation through decreased councillor and committee numbers and increased CCC service output

(more to come)

Haere mai, do join us!

Kia ora

Background: ccc.govt.nz/elections

Environment Canterbury elections 2016

“The mixed governance plan means a majority of ECan councillors would be elected at the local body elections in October 2016, with four elected at large in Christchurch, one elected from North Canterbury for the districts of Kaikōura, Hurunui and Waimakariri, one elected from mid-Canterbury for the Selwyn and Ashburton districts, and one from South Canterbury representing the Timaru, Mackenzie, Waimate districts and the parts of Waikati north of the Waitaki River. The chair and deputy chair of the mixed model council will be elected post-October 2016 by the elected and appointed councillors. The mixed council will carry out a representation review in 2018 under the standard Local Government Act provisions to determine the make-up and wards of the fully elected council for 2019.”
Ref. beehive.govt.nz/release/environment-canterbury-transition-plan-announced


ECan rural votes will be weighted, for a nearer match to total urban votes:Q&A-Government’s-decisions-on-Environment-Canterbury-constituencies.jpg
Ref. beehive.govt.nz/sites/all/files/Q&A-Government’s-decisions-on-Environment-Canterbury.pdf

Ref. dia.govt.nz/Resource-material-Our-Policy-Advice-Areas-Environment-Canterbury + SaveOurWater.org.nz/ecan-2016/

ECan wants polluted lakes exempted
“The government is currently consulting on its National Policy Statement for freshwater and has proposed that the national freshwater standards should include lakes and lagoons which periodically open to the sea. That would include Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth in Canterbury – which consistently rank as the most polluted in the country.” – 2.5.16

Update 24/5/16

Sir Kerry Burke asks why Canterbury’s democracy was destroyed – 22/01/2013 stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/perspective/8205626/How-ECan-fell-to-the-irrigators

Effective lobbying and representation is needed to improve Canterbury public transport – 09/09/2014 stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10474271/Greens-rebuked-for-email-tactic

ECan commissioners to run as councillors? – 12 March 2016 stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/77767103/ecan-commissioners-to-run-as-councillors

ECan plan amounts to a ‘broken promise’ – 19 March 2015 stuff.co.nz/national/politics/67440125/ecan-plan-amounts-to-a-broken-promise

Protesters mark six years since Ecan councillors sacked – 1 May 2016 stuff.co.nz/the-press/79487032/protesters-mark-six-years-since-ecan-councillors-sacked

ECan moves closer to fully elected council – 5 May 2016 stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/79680828/ecan-moves-closer-to-fully-elected-council

Rivers advocate makes regional council bid – 22 May 2016 stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/80251041/Rivers-advocate-makes-regional-council-bid

Canterbury Regional Council critic stands for election, 23 May 2016 radionz.co.nz/news/regional/304554/canterbury-regional-council-critic-stands-for-election + see Glandovey.co.nz

If you are interested in campaigning for democratic change at ECan, let us know:  Sustainable Canterbury – mauriroawaitaha.wordpress.com/contact/

Update 27/6/16

Three regional council candidates to focus on change, 19 June 2016

Millions of litres of water illegally taken: Is ECan doing enough? 20 June 2016

Editorial: Do we have to wait for the new ECan council to enforce water rules?
stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/81237203/editorial-do-we-have-to-wait-for-the-new-ecan-council-to-enforce-water-rules & Just how healthy are North Canterbury’s rivers? stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/81306479/just-how-healthy-are-north-canterburys-rivers, 21 June 2016

By the numbers: ECan’s ‘relaxed’ monitoring regime leaves thousands unchecked, 27 June 2016 stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/81280545/by-the-numbers-ecans-relaxed-monitoring-regime-leaves-thousands-unchecked

Update 11/7/16

Next steps for freshwater, 20 February 2016 beehive.govt.nz/release/next-steps-freshwater

Ngai Tahu guaranteed two seats on Canterbury regional council, 23 February 2016 stuff.co.nz/national/politics/76928505/ngai-tahu-guaranteed-two-seats-on-canterbury-regional-council

Elation as Ashburton council backs out of controversial water bottling deal, 11 July 2016, stuff.co.nz/business/81873688/ashburton-council-backs-out-of-controversial-water-deal

ECAN to get tough with farmers who haven’t installed water meters, 11 July 2016 radionz.co.nz/news/national/308416/crackdown-on-farmers-with-no-water-meters

2016 Local Government Elections, how/where/when:

Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board by-election April-May 2012

Greetings south Christchurch neighbours,
The departure of Mike Thorley last year, to take up work in Australia, has led to a Community Board by-election in our area. I am standing and would appreciate your vote of support – Rik Tindall.

Christchurch South has wonderful people and environs that, like the rest of our great city, need dedicated representation to progress. The recent Community Board agenda lists some of the many decisions we face for enhancement of our living context: local roading, parking, footbridge replacement, community gardens and the draft Sydenham Master Plan are just some. Good representation of your views on these and every local matter are essential: please call me on 332-1069 or 027-406-0077 or email rik@infohelp.co.nz to discuss them.

A local resident since 1992, I am in small business / home user ICT computer support, and have tertiary social science qualifications. A father of one and a former regional councillor for Christchurch East at ECan – Canterbury Civil Defence and Emergency Management portfolio chair 2007-2010 – I am Vice-Chairman for the Christchurch Estuary Association, a Cashmere Residents’ Association committee member, and a keen walker and gardener. Like finished busways, we need safer cycleways and footpaths here, with new communal food projects, for resilience. Help me be your information conduit for progress.

Sustainable Canterbury succeeded the Water Forum by which councillors engaged with the Christchurch East community that elected them. This website details the many ideas for sustainable economy and environment that colleagues and I worked up over the last three years – enjoy the browsing. Sustainable Canterbury group has not met since 2011, and, as no other candidates are running under the banner yet, I am therefore still a true independent: promoting the ideas and sustainable alternatives spelled out here. Personally, my affiliations have been Green and Mana, though not currently active. This all should help you better understand my politics and deep commitment to the well-being of Aotearoa New Zealand and its citizens.

Maintaining clean public water supplies has been top priority for me since 2007, through the Save Our Water campaign. Now I undertake to do my best for you and your wider interests, in the whole city rebuild. I have a strong sense of social justice and want us to democratically all thrive and prosper together.

The Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board meets at the city council’s Beckenham service centre, at 66 Colombo St – South Christchurch Library.

South Library, CCC Beckenham service centre

South Library, CCC Beckenham service centre

Civic duty: Council Elections – Spreydon Heathcote Community Board member, voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 11 May 2012 – see CCC notice.

Wishing you well ~ kia ora koutou,

Rik Tindall

Media Release, 19 April 2012: Labour-Led Community Board Idle

News: Fewer Cantabrians fleeing the region “signs Canterbury’s economy may be on the mend, with a recovery in some sectors, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research’s latest report shows..” +
Prefab show village to open in Christchurch “The Home Innovation Village (HIVE) will be based at Canterbury Agricultural Park until February 2014. HIVE grew from Christchurch’s devastating series of earthquakes endured since September 2010. With many residents zoned red, and forced to demolish and rebuild their homes, Canterbury companies saw a need for new homes that were light-weight, quick to construct, strong and affordable..” The Press 19/04/2012
Army land considered for housing “The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and the New Zealand Defence Force said yesterday that the use of 34 vacant army houses at Burnham and land for relocated red-zoned homes was being discussed. The property may be needed as the Christchurch City Council has revealed 385 of its social housing units are vacant because of quake damage. The fate of the units remains unknown..” The Press 20/04/2012

Occupy Christchurch speak

Helping a legitimate and peaceful housing protest – and global movement for democratic progress and sustainable change – to get back on track: Occupy Christchurch speak: #OWS O:Chch « Rik Tindall blogs + The last tent comes down at Occupy Christchurch – day 164.

Care for the elderly of Christchurch East

Media Release: Rik Tindall, city council candidate, Burwood-Pegasus ward

Date: 5 February 2012

Subject: Care for the elderly of Christchurch East

Urgent attention must be given to the plight of elderly people stuck in earthquake-hit suburbs, one council candidate believes. Political campaign work throughout Burwood-Pegasus ward has been useful for establishing priorities, Rik Tindall says.

“The voice of the marginalised needs to be heard,” Tindall told The Press newspaper today. “Two forms of assurance are needed right now, to relieve distress, I have forthrightly been told.”

“Firstly, those in damaged council flats want to know what will happen to them. These seniors are crying out for basic contact and communication from council,” Tindall says. “Some have been moved into damaged accommodation as an emergency measure, and now they need certainty.”

The fate of much public housing remains unclear.

“Secondly, the government compensation system is destroying some older people’s spirit, with its added layer of uncertainty. Those that have insurance payouts for damaged houses but are stuck with land they cannot sell just want to move on,” Tindall reports. “These elderly citizens don’t have the will or the energy to reinstate damaged grounds, and require a special form of assistance soon,” he says.

“During the recent Parklands candidate debate I responded that the Mayoral and Prime Minister’s emergency relief funds needed to focus on a new drive to assist our at-risk retired folk, affording individual land purchase where necessary,” Tindall states. “Today I call on both central and local government to reopen appeals for support, with our worried elderly as the specific needy cause. We lost too many after emergency evacuation of rest homes, and now is the time to do justice.”

“Remember, this is actually a government investment in land assets, that can later be recouped,” Tindall concludes. “I appeal to the wider global community to help Christchurch help its troubled senior citizens in the east.”


Contact: Rik Tindall – 332-1069 or 027-406-0077

Ref: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2508977/candidates-battle-for-place-on-christchurch-city-council.asx

More information: http://ParklandsRecovery.wordpress.com + http://SustainableCanterbury.org