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.
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
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
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