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


Politics muddying water issues

Date: 13 Dec 2018

Politics are muddying water issues and damaging relationships key to community outcomes, Environment Canterbury chairman Steve Lowndes said today.

"We’re very disappointed to hear, second hand today, that Christchurch City Councillors appear to have lost confidence in ECan.”

"We would expect such concerns to be raised directly, especially given the vital importance of continuing to work together at a staff and councillor level for the benefit of the people of Christchurch and the wider region."

“The Christchurch City Councillors are very aware of the plan in place to protect the aquifer and the priority given to drinking water, and the rules that ECan must follow under the Resource Management Act. I invite the City Councillors to read and fully consider the independent commissioner’s decision in regard to Cloud Ocean.

“It is also disappointing that city councillors have failed to engage before taking to social media and making public statements that do not accurately reflect the issues. Cr Vicki Buck, in particular, has stated that the City Council has been completely ignored, which is blatantly untrue.”

“Statements that are not based on fact are irresponsible and unnecessarily undermine public confidence in the water supply.”

“I can confirm that Environment Canterbury has listened to the Christchurch City Council’s concerns, taken account of their expert’s report and has met with Council staff. As a result, both councils agreed on the extent of the effects of the Cloud Ocean proposal.”

“The expert report concluded that any effects of the supply bores were within Environment Canterbury’s interference thresholds under the Land and Water Regional Plan. To quote the report: “This indicates that there will be sufficient water to accommodate pumping from all existing bores at their consented peak rates and volumes” – which means that the effects of drawing water from the deeper bore will not adversely affect the city’s bores.”

“A meeting was between Environment Canterbury, the Christchurch City Council and Cloud Ocean’s consultants reached agreement on the modelling, and that pumping from the deeper bore was within the thresholds considered acceptable under the Land and Water Regional Plan.”

“Minutes taken during the meeting were subsequently reviewed and approved by all parties present, including Christchurch City Council staff. The minutes state “the common conclusion is the calculated well interference is within the range permitted by the Land and Water Regional Plan.”

“We all recognise that water is one of our most precious resources and want to protect it for future generations. This is why community drinking water supply is recognised as a top priority in the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan. It is also why the Christchurch City Council as a community drinking water supplier has the unique status within this plan as the only entity that can apply for additional water supply."

“Currently, the Christchurch City Council is using only about 75% of its current allocated supply, and we are confident our Plan ensures the future drinking water supply for Christchurch”.

Future needs would again be considered in detail through the Christchurch-West Melton Zone committee sub-regional planning process, currently scheduled for 2022, Cr Lowndes said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s, when complaints were commonly being levelled at RNZ’s Morning Report programme, largely by National MPs discomfited by being interviewed by Kim Hill.

The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>


Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>


'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>


Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>


people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>


Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>


Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

National In China: Bridges Praises CCP, Meets Law Enforcement Head

A recent trip to China has raised questions over who the Opposition leader Simon Bridges met with and why... Anne-Marie Brady, a Canterbury University professor and expert on Chinese politics, has described Guo Shengkun as the leader of the Chinese secret police. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The SIS/GCSB’s Compliance With Torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General.





InfoPages News Channels