Govt want control of ECan and Canterbury's water for longer.
On 18 March 2015 Nick Smith announced a mixed governance model for Ecan. The proposal is to elect 7 councillors from local constituencies and 6 appointed by Wellington. There is no guarantee full democracy will be restored in 2019!
Have your say Make a Submission Closing date 1 May 2015.
Nitrate in our water ECan report
Adams and ECan believe they can debate whether to allow democracy in Canterbury or keep their dictatorship to continue with their big water grab/ dairy conversion!
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) reports our water quality will get worse if dairy continues to grow
Dairy Farm compliance at just 44% in some parts of Canterbury!
ECan gives Intensive Dairy the go ahead in the Hurunui after Increaing Nitrate pollution by 25% to allow 70,000ha more Dairy Farming
Fresh Start for Fresh Water reforms. National's RMA 'improvements'
Protecting New Zealand's Rivers "The time to act is now" DOC Report November 2011
Auditor-Generals Review of Freshwater Quality Dairy Farms noted as a major problem and Councils for not managing Dairy Farms effectively
The National Policy Statement (NPS) for Freshwater Management 2011
Quote of the Week "The city's pure water, apart from being a natural resource of national significance, is worth $2.4 billion a year to the Christchurch economy" Sir Kerry Burke - Former ECan Chairman