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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

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

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.”


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 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.

“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.


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.

SCMW October meeting ~ land Zoning 31.10.2011 #eqnz #chch

AvON River red zone map - Christchurch 2011

AvON River red zone map - Christchurch 2011

7.30pm Monday 31 Oct @ WEA, 59 Gloucester Street in Christchurch, a public meeting about the general issue of land “Zoning” and planning post-quake:
rehousing affected residents ; the proposed Avon-Otakaro Park and its range of hazards ; protecting versatile soils and the Chch green belt by encouraging settlement south-west ; good public transport infrastructure to guide re-development of Greater Christchurch ; food production and community resilience ; reforestation and its numerous values ; biodiversity ; renewable energy ; CERA Community Forum effectiveness ; etc.

All welcome. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided. Venue koha invited.

Note: Few interested in Cera strategy The Press 1 Nov 2011 ; CERA Recovery Strategy submissions closed 30 Oct after CERA Recovery Strategy Youth Jam @ Hagley Cafe / Community College 27 Oct 5:30-8:30pm by Social Innovation ; Sustainable Canterbury CERA submission here – SCMW-submCERA-301011 + Addenda:

15. Better resilience is needed. Christchurch is poorly prepared to cope with pending pressures from peak oil, peak phosphate and climate change. The city needs to embrace green energy and better design can reduce the need for fossil fuels.

16. The “private sector” of course includes home owners with renters. At the moment a lot of money is coming in to our economy through temporary accommodation insurance, and being passed on, by renters. For many that may last one year. What happens to the economy from then until the rebuild?
Need of planning for paying future insurance. To some extent remiums are likely to rise however carefully future building is done, to pay for the past damage. We need to look at what happens in places where insurance is too dear for the average home owner, and plan so quakes – or other environmental damage – have less impact overall.
Previously, member submissions were made to the GCUDS and to PC1 to the RPS. Requested were:
i. Strip Development along existing transport routes.
ii. Large, say 0.2 ha, sections, within walking or biking distance of the road/rail.
iii. A requirement for households to do biodiversity stewardship, and modern technology decentralised sewerage and energy systems. Managed tree placement would allow shelter from wind and sun, and economise water needs. Recreation/employment/garden food production would be at hand, allowing for some health aspects of the plan. Birds could return where few are at the moment. A house would not cover a great proportion of fertile land. Rural problems like isolation should be minimal.
CERA needs to work out the cost impact of replacing the centralised sewerage system. That needs to be done in depth. What is the cost of a centralised algae crude oil from sewage system in terms of production and insurance compared to decentralised. Note that dairy farms may be going that way.

Refs: Avon-Otakaro Network AvON “a vision for the Avon River red zone” + The Boulevard? “Maybe we have a name for our new green space by the Avon” CCLblog ; Cooperative Sections “Creating Affordable Sections Through Cooperative Action” ; Wider Earthquake Communities Action Network WeCan! ; Mixed views on Christchurch light rail The Press 06/10/2011 ; Advanced Living “Builders Christchurch – sustainable development within residential construction.. eco-friendly approach – meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.. toxicity free, energy saving materials and technologies that provide significant performance benefits within all built environments with the cost of these new technologies being directly comparable” ; Trees ‘boost African crop yields and food security’ Environment BBC News 16 October 2011 + Fuel for Africa’s fires ‘wood running out.. charcoal clues to best trees to plant.. Agroforestry is arguably the single most important discipline for the future of sustainable agriculture in Africa’ New Scientist 30 Jul 1987 pp.48-51 + Trees for Africa “answer is to let local people manage natural forests, and to encourage farmers to plant trees in fields and pastures” New Scientist New Scientist 14 May 1987 pp.54-57 ; etc.

Cooperative Sections logo

Push for 45,000 new homes in Christchurch TVNZ Fairfax 15 October 2011:

The Government is using special earthquake powers to redraw greater Christchurch’s urban development area, potentially paving the way for more than 45,000 new houses.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said yesterday that he had pulled Christchurch’s urban growth plan out of the Environment Court, where it could have stalled for two years, and put it into the region’s planning documents.

A public notice, to appear in newspapers on Monday, will make the change official, rezoning large areas of previously rural land earmarked for development by 2041.

Brownlee said land already identified for growth in plan change one to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement was needed now.

He was unwilling to see the matter bogged down in a protracted Environment Court battle.

“As of [today], there is no document for the Environment Court to consider.”

He said that once district plan changes and consents had been obtained, and seismic tests carried out, the rezoned land could be developed to accommodate thousands of people displaced by the quakes.

It includes areas in Christchurch on which 25,000 houses could be built, as well as about 11,000 houses each in the Selwyn and Waimakariri districts.

“Clearly, the city is going to move around in a different way than what was planned,” Brownlee said. “This was meant to be a plan out to 2041.”

The new chapter of the regional policy statement also makes provision for businesses.

Brownlee said the changes would require more intensive use of land within existing urban areas and provide for greenfield developments.

“They will accommodate both the population relocation forced by the earthquakes and population growth as the pace of rebuilding and development quickens,” Brownlee said.

Since February’s massive earthquake, the Government has red-zoned more than 6000 properties in Christchurch and Waimakariri, meaning the land is too damaged to be built on without being remediated and will have to be abandoned.

Concerns have been raised by the owners of the damaged land, as well as Opposition politicians, about the dearth of sections available in and around the city and the premium prices demanded for sections and houses in undamaged suburbs.

The Government’s announcement is good news for developers who have land within the urban development boundaries.

Environment Canterbury had already asked the Environment Court to redraw its housing development lines to include areas such as the 2700-section Prestons project and other peripheral sites.

Prestons Road chairman David Schwartfeger, who is also Ngai Tahu Property’s development manager, said a plan-change decision on the subdivision was imminent and the Government’s move was a positive step.

“We’re keen to get going and put people back into homes,” he said.

Redrawing the boundaries was supported by the Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri councils, ECan and some developers.

However, other landowners who went to court to have their land included within the urban growth limits are unhappy.

Russell McVeagh partner James Gardner-Hopkins said his client, supermarket giant Progressive, which owns land at Marshland, was reflecting on the implications of the decision.

Disgruntled developers might push to have their land rezoned when the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority considers the city’s infrastructure recovery plan.

The Selwyn District Council said a plan change had been approved to rezone 822 hectares in Rolleston and Lincoln on which almost 9000 residential sections could be created.

+ Residents unhappy with quake rebuild approval (1:50) tvnz.co.nz 17:08PM Sunday 30 October 2011 + Friday release ‘buries’ land report “Lianne Dalziel is incensed the Government released an important land report on a Friday” + Red-zoned, but still renovating The Press 01/11/2011

CERA: 6430 orange zone properties turned green 28 October 2011
Canterbury Regional Policy Statement – Chapter 12A “Government has made changes.. to provide certainty to enable local authorities and developers to make land available for post earthquake residential development”

Update: Trust plans to reduce section costs The Press 05/12/2011 + Cera may use powers in low-cost sections “for red-zone residents could be fast-tracked using special quake legislation” 06/12/2011

SCMW October committee meeting ~ 16.10.2011

Sunday 16 October, 3-5pm @ WEA.

Present: Lorna, Tony, Brian, Ian, Rik. Apologies: none.


1. CCC, RPS and CERA submission process inputs.

2. Setting our next forum topic and date, etc.

Next meeting date:

7.30pm Monday 31 Oct @ WEA, public meeting about the general issue of land “Zoning” and planning post-quake:
rehousing for affected residents ; the proposed Avon-Otakaro Park and the range of nearby hazards ; protecting versatile soils and the Chch green belt by encouraging settlement south-west ; good public transport infrastructure to guide re-development of Greater Christchurch ; food production and community resilience ; reforestation and its numerous values ; biodiversity ; CERA Recovery Strategy submissions due by 30 Oct ; CERA Community Forum effectiveness ; etc.

All welcome. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided. Venue koha invited.

Refs: Avon-Otakaro Network AvON ; Cooperative Sections “Creating Affordable Sections Through Cooperative Action” ; Mixed views on Christchurch light rail The Press 06/10/2011 ; etc.

SCMW September committee meeting ~ 24.09.2011

B. 27Sep11 update, September forum result:

The Sustainable Canterbury group Central City Plan recommendations so far:

1. Regarding the particular rail focus for the Greater Christchurch rebuild, Sustainable Canterbury stands with the vast majority of citizen submitters who seek to “change the draft Plan!” – by promoting immediate development of a commuter rail system from Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Rolleston and Lyttelton, with dual-line and station expansion as the top priorities for what will be spent on rail, enhancing the existing rail corridor and its use. Carriage design must accomodate the numerous bicycles, prams, wheelchairs and scooters? etc that are needed in the city centre to help realise: a. efficient movement in the uncluttered “slow core” of the new central city plan; and b. economic recovery, etc. by custom (e.g. easy health service access from outside Christchurch).

2. Transport mode-change hubs / stations are needed with decision ‘1’, to connect with buses and any new passenger light rail infrastructure (that should be further consulted on). Obvious hub locations might be Papanui, Addington, Hornby, Woolston, and Moorhouse Ave (latter as proposed by the NZ Institute of Architects).

3. A full feasibility study of what the best integrated public transport system would thereafter be for Christchurch – following expenditures ‘1’ and ‘2’ – needs to take place, as budgeted in the draft Plan. A main outcome from this study should be practical means for balancing public transport infrastructure development equally across all of Christchurch city, east to west and north to south. The need is actually greatest in the east, which must be prioritised for efficient transport solutions.

4. Should light rail emerge from that study – where all other options have been equally considered – the route we are favouring so far is not the overly-expensive CBD-Ilam line in the draft Plan, but that researched by Richard Worrall (yet with modification) using diesel+electric engines, heading off from the main northern rail line at Papanui, to travel Papanui Road past St Georges Hospital, Merivale, Victoria Street, Town Hall / Convention Centre, CBD slow core, Christchurch Hospital and Hagley Park, to Addington station hub and southwards. The Addington-to-city-centre leg of this efficient commuter rail plan is probably the appropriate line to start with. But commuter light rail may yet be excluded from Christchurch city – in favour of more economical technologies – depending on what comes out of proper study under expenditure ‘3’.

5. An inexpensive private motorcar ride-sharing IT support system to be implemented ASAP, such as Avego “Real-Time Ridesharing” in Kinsale & Dublin, Ireland, Washington & San Jose, USA, & Dalian, P. R. China, or GetThere.ie “Bus, Rail & Carsharing in Ireland” e.g.

6. Support for cycle and walk way plans in the draft, but adding enough off-street car-parking and fast bus-routes to secure the public transport corridors for the future; that is, support for the prior transport planning done under ECan aegis.

7. There does need to be some rapid transit between CBD, Riccarton (including Riccarton Bush), University of Canterbury and Lincoln. If the city is to develop its knowledge and cultural quotient, there must be stronger connections between the places of learning, business, music, art, museums and natural environment. This will be important if the universities are to be internationally regarded and attractive places for students to come to. And around these are the CRIs and Polytechs which together provide a lot of the intellectual grunt in the city and must be strengthened if a vibrant, knowledge-based city is to develop and prosper. Fast bus-routes for improved use of existing bus services should be created initially, and we must resolve any further inefficiencies around this.

Universities are potentially the power house of innovation and social/cultural stimulus. The city needs to embrace its centres of higher learning and a strong physical/transport link of some sort should be part of the plan. This applies to both Canterbury and Lincoln. Retreat from the present CBD to somewhere west, over the next century or so, depends, as with Rolleston previously, on a land bank purchased by govt to remove it from the speculators’ grasp.

Along with embracing the universities and CRIs a very strong demand needs to be registered with government that if CRIs are to be amalgamated, that the Christchurch region must not lose any more head offices, as happened recently with merger of Crop and Food with Hort Research (HO went to Auckland). If govt really believes in retaining critical mass, career paths and investment in the south, then this needs to be embedded in CERA/govt policy. Indeed more govt agencies should be relocated to the south to balance the never-ending and growing subsidies to northern centres. Govt supported TV production, from which derives other film industry activity, should be re-established in the south. There needs to be a challenge to the notion that all our eggs should be directed to the auckland basket as THE international city of nz. This has never been accepted/adopted by the rest of nz. Auckland has enough momentum to determine and pay for its own destiny. The “super south” needs a fair redistribution of long term investment/commitment, not a short term hand-out, however large that might be. Our destiny is linked to rest of South Island and we should be pulling together in this – reconnecting passenger train services and supporting Invercargill and Dunedin as much as Canterbury – moving the centre of gravity south.

8. Preserve some of the ruins. Obsessive tidying of the city is further destruction of our heritage – which has now a new (EQ) layer. This is all to do with sustainability – having a vision for the future that stands on its history in some tangible way; retaining novelty, flair and boldness so we stand out from other places.

(9. … ?)

If people support this submission format, please speak up; or if you’d like it changed or added to at all – same.

If there is major contention with this broad proposal – which opens up the range of public transport options for better attention – we will need to meet at WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, at 3pm on Sunday 2 October, to sort the matters out.

What say ye?

Kia Ora ~ Rik

A. 24.09.2011 notice: 350.org Otautahi Moving-Planet.org/events/NZ/Christchurch/2727
~ 3pm to 5pm @ WEA this Saturday, 59 Gloucester Street in Christchurch: come help us plan our next public forum and topic. Follow-on from useful work done so far around sustainable land use, renewable fuel and public transport issues. Practical features: Avego “Real-Time Ridesharing” use in Canterbury / NZ ; Tram Power “privately owned British Company dedicated to the design, development and promotion of light rail technology that is Safe, Efficient, Reliable and Affordable” + Preston Tram Power + Citytram research ; Rising sea-level threat to Christchurch “The Christchurch City Council should be working to a one-metre estimate for sea-level rise, [climate scientist Jim Salinger] said. ‘It’s the opportunity for Christchurch in its rebuild. It should be looking at at least 1m. Some local bodies in Australia are using 1m’.. Sea levels had risen about 19cm last century, with the rate increasing over the final decade” The Press 22/09/2011. …
~ Sustainable Canterbury is lobbying to realise/shift Greater Christchurch’s ‘centre of economic gravity’ to the west, north and south, through an efficient commuter rail system strengthening use of main trunk infrastructure through Rangiora and Rolleston, with reintegration of Lyttelton port town, and perhaps taking light rail through the city centre from Papanui to Addington past Cathedral Square and Christchurch Hospital. We need abundant room for bicycle and mobility chair carriage in these railcars, to help mobilise the proposed slow, compact and green Christchurch city centre with economic revitalisation. Renewable diesel for this rail transport and its connecting bus network can also drive new, sustainable industry and employment for the region. Come add your ideas this Saturday. All welcome. ~ Kia Ora

Ref. Get on the right track with city rail The Press 12/09/2011

C. + late addition idea SkyCabs “Elevated Small Group Automated Rapid Transport (ESGART).. An Alternative Transport Strategy to dramatically reduce congestion and to save Auckland the $2 billion cost of congestion each year”.

SCMW September meeting ~ light rail ~ 12.09.2011

Monday 12 September 2011, 7.30pm at WEA. Public Forum:
Presentation – Light rail transport options for Christchurch – by Richard Worrall. All welcome. More details on meeting page.

Refs. Get on the right track with city rail The Press 12/09/2011 and

Christchurch transport plan ‘risky’ 15/10/2011 :

A transport plan for a rebuilt central Christchurch has “considerable risks” and should not be approved without wider consultation, Environment Canterbury (ECan) says.

At this week’s draft central-city plan hearings, ECan chief commissioner Dame Margaret Bazley told city councillors there were “considerable risks” in the transport proposal laid out in the plan.

Changing the single transport hub system to one with multiple stations was a “substantial call” that needed careful consideration, she said. “Journey times, reliability and simplicity are all factors that are fundamental to the use of public transport to, from and through the central city,” she said.

“Moving away from the single-interchange model could jeopardise each of these.”

She said proposed street closures and changes from one-way to two-way streets could have a negative impact on public transport.

The final transport plan should account for the significant residential growth predicted for the Hurunui, Waimakariri and Selwyn districts, she said.

ECan supported the city council’s proposed investigation into a light-rail network, but it needed to ensure the links would attract enough passengers to cover costs.

Bazley said the council should also consider establishing other public transport corridors throughout the city to cater for future demand.

A final decision on the city’s transport plan needed to be made in consultation with ECan, the Selwyn and Waimakariri district councils and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, she said.

– The Press

SCMW August meeting ~ wastewater biocrude ~ 14.08.2011

SCMRW 14Aug11 meeting notes

SCMW 14Aug11 meeting notes

Sustainable Canterbury – Mauriroa Waitaha – August meeting
held Sunday 14.08.2011, 3-5pm at the Workers’ Educational Association, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch.

Present: Tony Raizis, Lorna Sventivanyi, Rik Tindall, John Veitch.
Apologies: Brian Sandle.

The Oil Crisis and Waste Water to Oil public forum on a local ‘biofuel’ program that we held on Tuesday 14.08.2011 (background on meeting page):
feedback debate set our August meeting workshop agenda thus:

1. Post-earthquakes, Christchurch City Council waste-water system rebuild in what form? Was there a pressure from insurance needs over sustainable design? Criteria we promote are: conservation of the energy and nutrients involved in this waste stream, for clean water output. We support expansion of the Bromley algal-biocrude project trial to the full 400 hectare pond area it needs, incorporating all the current treatment ponds and Linwood Paddocks grazing area. This assumes all the CCC waste-water infrastructure will be reinstated (except red zones) which is most likely. There was some support within our forum for home composting systems as a preferred replacement to new sewer pipes. But a winning case is yet to be made for this that: A. can deal with all toilet waste and nutrients consistently and cleanly within a dense urban area; and B. is not actually wasteful of organic material better used elsewhere; and C. actually has significant public support. A majority of us were not convinced that waste-water system change was better than system optimisation.

2. We resolved to support the algal-biocrude project, under the following criteria: with carbon neutrality in CO2 recycling as the base condition, we wish to encourage more carbon capture and grown carbon storage from use of this process and some inert biocrude product. Thus addressing the climate change risk of global warming from growing greenhouse gas emissions.

3. Another public SCMW forum on clean water – to draw out the industry potential we have now heard about still further – to be held in October 2011.

4. Our next workshop meeting will be Sunday 11.09.2011, 3-5pm at WEA.

5. Getting the Sustainable Canterbury message out. We reviewed poor group progress with social media and forums, compared to media releases and this blog site. Our emphasis will therefore be upon the latter online communication means, using searchable keywords especially. – Rik

6. CRPS submission for ECan re green belt farmland versatile soil use for housing, and lack of transport planning, to incorporate August’s developed thinking. Discussed further. Due next day. – Tony

7. CCC Central City Plan – transport. We don’t agree with what has just been proposed: neither the city-west route for the first light rail leg, nor that Christchurch is suitable for any light rail yet. We recommend securing transport corridors now with rapid-transit bus lanes, to use sustainable biofuel and save a lot of ratepayer money; perhaps light rail much later on. Prepare a submission.

8. Voting system referendum 2011 discussed. We support MMP in this but want to see it reviewed and refined. Questions raised and yet to be decided: total number of MPs to be reduced?; party vote threshold for representation to be reduced to 4%? ..?

9. Another public SCMW forum – Richard Worrall on ‘The light rail system that Christchurch needs’ – A Monday or Wednesday night in September, if we can.

..more detail soon