Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Mackenzie Basin Campaign For Water Continues


10 September 2004 News Release

Mackenzie Basin Campaign For Water Continues

The Mackenzie Basin community is today planning the next steps in its campaign to have the promised irrigation water returned to it.

Much of the debate during Parliament’s passing of the Resource Management (Waitaki Catchment) Amendment Bill focused on the Mackenzie Basin and the 1969 Order in Council which gave effect to the Government’s promise that the community would have access to water from the hydro canals for as long as the hydro development remained.

Mackenzie Basin Spokesman, Denis Fastier said the campaign to date had resulted in all Parties in Parliament agreeing that the debt of water owed to the community could not be ignored.

“We are very grateful to Members of Parliament who are working to try to put this issue right. In particular, Nick Smith, who has been working on this issue since it was before the Select Committee at the start of the year.

“It’s been that kind of support, coupled with the commitment and hard work of our community, that resulted in the Environment Minister, Marion Hobbs saying during her speech on the Bill yesterday that she will be writing to the Water Allocation Board to ensure that the injustices felt by those affected by the Order in Council are heard.

“This issue is deeply felt by the Mackenzie Basin and we have always known that this campaign would take time. Our work on the Bill was just one step along the way and the recognition and understanding of the debt of water owed has now laid the foundation for the water to be returned.

“We are prepared to work with the Water Allocation Board, and are confident that given the amount of momentum around this issue that there will be an agreement with this community that sees this water returned.

“The Mackenzie Basin has given much in the national interest to power this country. It would be totally unacceptable in New Zealand if this farming community were forced to watch its land literally blowing away because it can’t get water,” said Denis Fastier.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>

ALSO:

Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>

ALSO:

Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election