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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

Map-Canterbury-region-Environment-Canterbury-2016-constituencies.jpg

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
radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201799106/ecan-wants-polluted-lakes-exempted

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
stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/81225366/three-regional-council-candidates-to-focus-on-change

Millions of litres of water illegally taken: Is ECan doing enough? 20 June 2016
stuff.co.nz/business/farming/81191467/Millions-of-litres-of-water-illegally-taken-Is-ECan-doing-enough

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:
ecan.govt.nz/about-us/your-council/elections/…

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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.

Burwood-Pegasus ward by-election 2012

Greetings Christchurch, citizens East, kia ora,

Welcome to SustainableCanterbury.org – the web link from the election flier you received from me personally. You have been through so much – your stoicism is saluted around the world. The leaflet is to provide contact details from a council and local government specialist – please feel free to contact me at any time, on any issue you wish to raise and have officially addressed through representation.

This is a very important by-election for Burwood-Pegasus ward. Now is the time to secure the strong and determined rebuild assistance that this earthquake-stricken ward so very much needs. Don’t forget to vote!

Stay strong, stick together, kia kaha.

Kind regards,

Rik Tindall – 332-1069 / 027-406-0077

BA Hons, Certificate in Business Computing

sustainablecanterbury@gmail.com

More information: Christchurch earthquakes City Council page ;

Pegasus Post 160112 p.5

Pegasus Post 160112 p.5

http://www.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/communityboards/burwoodpegasuscommunityboard

http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/CandidateProfiles/2012BurwoodPegasusCandidateProfiles.pdf

Discussion Re: [Canterbury Issues] Tony Marryatt

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/6261354/Rivals-query-Becks-commitment etc.

23 December 2011 earthquake aftermath #Parklands

Parklands liquefaction Hurst Place 130611 - Parklands Red-zone Action Group

Parklands liquefaction Hurst Place 130611 - Parklands Red-zone Action Group


Burwood-Pegasus ward has been hard-hit yet again, with the 23 December 2011 earthquake “revitalisation” unleashing more sludge, anguish and despair: Swarm of quakes hits Christchurch + Tsunami chances slim, but quakes will continue + Empty Christchurch homes offer window to past etc. Parklands was the worst-hit locality this time, near to the offshore New Brighton epicentre.

For many in the seaside suburbs, this most recent seismic outburst has proven the last straw. Active lobbying for abandonment of liquefaction-prone areas, currently zoned blue-green but urged to go red, has begun: the Parklands Red-zone Action Group was born out of urgent response to new local land damage, as Parklands Review Action Group on 28 December on Facebook.

Earlier in the month, the Parklands Recovery Group had been formed around the wider range of earthquake issues and responses already then accumulated: facebook.com/pages/Parklands-Recovery-Group. The plethora of political layers beneath local government, CERA, CanCERN, community boards and the like just keeps growing – expressing but perhaps blurring the response clarity. A natural chaos prevails that is partially of the land.

A huge range of needs and concerns now characterise this quake-torn district, that people want immediate answers on. This post will collate the debate, and provide as many answers as possible, in an ongoing way.

e.g. A comment often heard is that it matters not how much Parklands or other residents agitate for red-zoning, it will never happen. The reason being that central government is simply out of cash and unable to purchase any more land. Period.

e.g. TsunamiShakes likely but trending away “earthquake scientists and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker are expected to come under scrutiny today over why it is taking so long to get a tsunami warning system in place along the city’s coastline.. Mr Parker said the system was in the pipeline and remained a priority” starcanterbury.co.nz 6 January 2012

Newsflash: There can be no great tsunami risk in Pegasus Bay due to geology!

That is, live volcanoes, tsunami-forming offshore subduction zones, and Alp-forming tectonic plate collisions cannot all feature as real risks in the same place – they present distinct and mutually exclusive geologies locally.

The Southern Alps are our nearest and greatest geological hazard here, as a major earthquake source, and we need to carefully remember and prepare for that.

Under-valued education like this has lead to confusion, pressure for and delivery of a potentially-deadly ‘silver bullet solution’ in the form of a tsunami siren system that is definitively bound to under-perform.

Keep moving and learning what is required though, for improving effect.

More info: ref. Parklands Safety Plan – Parklands Recovery Group.

Kia ora, kia kaha Christchurch East.

Burwood-Pegasus sustainability candidate announced

Media Release: Sustainable Canterbury

Date: 12 December 2011

Subject: Burwood-Pegasus sustainability candidate announced

Sustainable Canterbury have announced their candidate for the Burwood-Pegasus ward by-election in February. The local environment watchdogs are running the group spokesman, Rik Tindall.

“Christchurch East needs strong advocacy based on good understanding of the enormous issues here,” says the former regional councillor for the area. “Land shortages must be addressed, with due care for the holders of damaged land that must not be allowed to put people at risk again.”

“On top of rehousing, training and employment needs, there is urgent work to be done around emergency planning as well as recovery,” Tindall says. “The district needs energy, dedication and expertise, that I offer this vital community in seeking their electoral support.”

Tindall cites an $80,000 cost-reduction, by avoiding the further by-election due should either community board candidate be elected to Council, as one reason for voter consideration of the Sustainable Canterbury campaign. “Being born and raised in this diverse area, with Environment Canterbury experience, I am highly committed to building a brighter future for Burwood-Pegasus,” Tindall says

“My Civil Defence and Emergency Management work and my relative youth will bring active benefits to the ward,” says the fifty-one-year-old father of one – a geography student.

Sustainable Canterbury have been lobbying for industrial transformation of the region for the past two and half years. They believe a different agriculture can raise returns and productive diversity, and reduce emissions while conserving water and biodiversity

“More jobs based on innovation and energy independence, as well as food and other exports, are the future we need,” says Tindall. Sustainable Canterbury has a vision of low-cost and renewable building materials, locally made for an holistic rebuild effort.

The group wants improved local democracy, with consultation for a tangata whenua representative seat on council and proportional representation (STV) begun.

“An inclusive, environmentally sustainable economic future – for all of Canterbury – is the key to rapid Christchurch East recovery,” Tindall says. “This involves spurring a whole new building development phase into action, with new materials, research and employment.”

Water quality is another Burwood-Pegasus issue that Tindall wants accountability on: “Why is ECan cutting its water testing program at just the moment when it is needed most?” he asks.

“Once reduced pollution of ocean and estuary can be guaranteed, we should proceed with the saltwater pools facility long sought after by New Brighton people – as an immediate and insurable replacement for QE2 swimming complex loss, and as a focus of attraction for the beach-side area as a destination,” Tindall concludes. “Voter support for these proposals is warmly invited.”

[Ends]

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

More information: http://SustainableCanterbury.org

Ref. Residents fear Cera special powers The Press 10/12/2011 + CanCERN context + campaign e-democracy forum comment + SCMW Media Release Scoop copy + The Press Ex-ECan man has party base story 12/12/2011

SCMW campaign-ready addressing #Burwood-Pegasus #Christchurch

Hi, kia ora koutou,
Thanks everyone who attended our last workshop for the year.
Ref. Hopefuls eye seat on council The Press 05/12/2011
Suggestions taken on board and now live are:
Sustainable Canterbury web domain – http://SustainableCanterbury.org ;
Sustainable Canterbury email address – sustainablecanterbury@gmail.com ;
Our first public advertising flier is now available too:

SustainableCanterbury.org flier1 - Dec 2011

SustainableCanterbury.org flier1 - Dec 2011


Nga mihi, ka kite ano
~ Rik

SCMW December committee meeting ~ 04.12.2011

Sunday 4 December 2011, 3pm-5pm at the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch. Sustainable Canterbury monthly facilitated workshop. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided. Venue koha invited.

Agenda: election forum debrief / open : ‘population crisis’? – Not.

We condensed our research results into an electoral strategy to obtain a public voice for the SCMW issues (watch this space).