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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

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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/…

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.

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 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).

SCMW November meeting ~ 350 Water Forum ~ 21.11.2011

SCMW meeting - 211111

SCMW meeting - 211111

Download: poster SCMW-211111.pdf

Election year 350 Otautahi Water Forum: Monday 21 November 2011, 7.30pm at the WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch. Thank you very much to candidates Jo McLean (Labour), Clinton Dearlove (Mana) and Denis O’Rourke (New Zealand First) for presenting – a most useful discussion entailed.

Topic:
“Co-governance means around water, towards 350ppm atmospheric CO2″

– asked of Labour, Green, Mana and NZ First representative speakers.

Sub-topics of concern: What forms of co-governance can these parties offer – between themselves and with tangata whenua – regarding water quality, biodiversity, minimum flows, recreation, irrigation, pollution, zone committees, metering and costs, sustainable food and renewable energy production, climate change, coal-seam fracturing (‘fracking’), etc.?

Note: Because of their recent implementation of an exclusive regional governance technique in Canterbury, the National, ACT, Maaori and United Future parties have excluded themselves from this current debate. Our apologies are extended for their formal absence here.

The forum will be filmed for highlights to later be placed on Youtube.

Thank you for your support of local democracy.

Media Release, 10 November 2011: Māori ward seats on councils endorsed

Media Release, 21 November 2011: Election forum explores coalition potential:

An election forum tonight looks at the possibility for a change of government and outputs.

Local environmental watchdogs Sustainable Canterbury have invited the Labour, Green, Mana and New Zealand First parties to speak on the topic of “co-governance around water, towards 350 parts per million atmospheric carbon dioxide”. Tangata whenua rights, sustainable industry, and greenhouse gas reductions lead the set of related challenges the group want commitments on.

Democracy has been curtailed at regional level since April 2010, and a backdrop of damaging earthquakes has further undermined systems for public voice. Sustainable Canterbury were disappointed to see the Christchurch City Council pass over the opportunity to establish a Māori ward seat recently, through its representation review, for example.

“The representation status quo does not work, and we know there is great interest in cooperative governance for justice and equity, so let’s hear what solutions are available,”says Sustainable Canterbury spokesman Rik Tindall. “Kaitiakitanga [guardianship] of the natural environment and resources is something the whole community has a stake in and wants to see done well.”

The council cannot neglect the improvement of local democracy forever, Tindall suggests. “Māori are a uniquely entitled New Zealand minority, and proportional representation at local level is an obligation long owed them by settler society. Around that question we must resolve means of renewable production that stop depleting biodiversity and the planet, for our own survival.”

Water issues have perplexed Cantabrians, with privatisation of supply now in the offing.

“The public interest needs active protection, and resource uses need to greatly improve,” Tindall says. “Good representation is required to do that job. The increase of poverty worsened by state asset stripping is a combination we want to see firm, coherent opposition to.”

The Sustainable Canterbury election forum is at 7.30pm, Monday 21 November, at the WEA, 59 Gloucester Street in Christchurch.

“‘Co-governance means around water, towards 350 partsper million atmospheric carbon dioxide’ is our forum theme tonight. If the opposition parties can agree on how to achieve that together, people have a very strong reason to vote for them,” Tindall concludes.

[Ends]

Note, parallel event: Labour, Green, and National? panel on the fracking issue, at 7pm in lecture theatre C1, University of Canterbury in Ilam, run by the Social Wing of the Anglican Church – contact Nicholas Laing 027-340-8211.