Remembering democracy and our right to clean water

Cantabrians still have no vote and no elected regional councillors four 
years after the Government axed Environment Canterbury(ECan) 
councillors and changed the law to encourage irrigation.The Cairn

What:   Remembering regional democracy and our right to clean water

When:   Thursday 1 May 12.30 pm - 1.15pm

Where:   Cairn of river stones, Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Who:    Speakers include: Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson, Green Party co-leader
Russel Norman, and water campaigners

OurWaterOurVote and members of the Freshwater Coalition invite you to 
join us, as we renew the plaque on the stone cairn, a public art work 
in Cathedral Square which thousands of Cantabrians created in June 2010 
in support of the right to vote and the right to clean and healthy 
freshwater.

Thursday 1 May 2014 is the fourth anniversary of the Environment 
Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 
2010 coming into effect. The Act removed elected councillors at ECan, 
removed the right to appeal regional plans to the Environment Court, 
weakened water conservation orders in Canterbury to promote 
irrigation-led agricultural intensification, and changed the way the 
RMA operates in the region.

ECan elections were supposed to be held in October 2013 but the 
National Government passed new legislation to extend the term of 
appointed commissioners.

Please join us to remember the loss of democracy and to call for a 
return of our right to vote to elect Environment Canterbury Regional 
Council and stronger action to protect our rivers, lakes and aquifers.

Banners and signs welcome..

related press article ECan 'mourned' four years on