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Despite the locally developed initiative the Canterbury Water Management Strategy the the government has stepped in and sacked the democratically elected council and put in place a government appointed offical to "sort out Canterbury's water issues. The following are articles and news items about this contentious area.

 Latest news, articles and opinion
23 July 2010

Hurunui-Waiau Water Management Zone Committee meeting

The Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee will consider its work programme and Immediate Steps biodiversity priorities at its first ordinary meeting on Monday. The meeting is open to members of the public...

23 July 2010

Hurunui water moratorium announced

The Government has approved a special measure blocking any water being taken from the Hurunui River for the next 15 months.

2 June 2010

Central Plains Water Decision Released

The hearing panel appointed by Environment Canterbury and the Selwyn District Council have released their decision on the resource consents and Notice of Requirement for Central Plains Water Trust and Central Plains Water Limited.

11 May 2010

New era for Environment Canterbury

After a powhiri and morning tea, the first meeting of the Canterbury Regional Council Commissioners, as it is being called, began...

11 May 2010

Waimakariri seeks water management committee

People with an interest in water management in the Waimakariri district are being urged to put their names forward, or nominate someone else, for the Waimakariri Water Management Zone Committee which will be formed in July...

10 May 2010

Lower Waitaki consents - hearing decisions

The latest consent hearing decisions for the Lower Waitaki River are now online on the Environment Canterbury website...

5 May 2010

First public meeting of Environment Canterbury Commissioners

At their first public meeting today, Environment Canterbury's new council, led by chairwoman Dame Margaret Bazley, and deputy chair David Caygill, opened with a powhiri...

1 May 2010

Water dispute boils over

An angry protest greeted Environment Minister Nick Smith in Christchurch last night before he announced that up to 11,000 big users of water will be forced to use meters...

30 April 2010

Meeting of Environment Canterbury commissioners

The Commissioners for Environment Canterbury take over the governance role on May 1 2010 and their first public meeting as Commissioners will take place on Wednesday May 5, at 10 am, Council Chamber, 58 Kilmore St, Christchurch.

13 April 2010

ECan records opposition to removal of democracy legislation

Council records its strong opposition to Act which has removed regional democracy in Canterbury and recommends handing Canterbury Water Management Strategy funding back to local territorial councils...

9 April 2010

The Little Stream: A Councils Shame.....

This article by Steve Gerard of the Flyshop is a heartfelt plea to the local council to improve the way water is taken for farm use.

8 April 2010

Letter to Nick Smith from the Water Rights Trust

A letter written by Murray Rogers of the Water Rights Trust to Environment Minister, the Hon Nick Smith.

6 April 2010

'Cake in one hand; blood-covered knife in other'

Canterbury council chief executives left Environment Canterbury (ECan) meetings "with a cream cake in one hand and a blood-covered knife in the other", ousted ECan deputy chairwoman Jo Kane says

1 April 2010

Committee approval key milestone in Canterbury Water Management Strategy

The Hurunui-Waiau Zone Water Management Committee has been formally approved for establishment, and its Terms of Reference endorsed, by the Environment Canterbury Council.

Monday March 22 2010

Canterbury – Our Water (COW) is a group of concerned individuals who wish to act as an umbrella group to bring together all organisations and individuals from across the spectrum who believe that Canterbury’s water allocations should be decided by those who are accountable to the people of Canterbury, not by a government employee.





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