Category Archives: social justice

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/…

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.”

[Ends]

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