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    Smith next Sam Mahon target Posted on November 23 2011 by admin Environment Minister Nick Smith formerly immortalised by Sam Mahon in a cow dung bust now has a pistol aimed at him by a young girl in a music video called Blood on the Stones Canterbury artist and campaigner Sam Mahon created the manure sculpture as a protest against water pollution in the region At the time Mahon said the cow manure was the perfect medium for a sculpture of Smith who he believed was doing too little to protect New Zealand s waterways from dairy farm pollution We understand there is soon to be a release of the decision on the Mackenzie Country water applications and it is not going to be good for birds and fish and the public s right to enjoy their rivers so this video by Sam is a timely trigger After all WE ARE THE ENVIRONMENT AND WE ARE THE ONES BEING CRAPPED ON Posted in News Leave a comment fracking the blighted future plan Posted on October 29 2011 by admin Fracking is a commonly accepted term for hydro fracturing a process where water sand and millions of gallons of toxic chemicals are injected into the earth at high pressure The aim of hydro fracturing is to fracture rock formations deep underground in the hopes of liberating natural gas that would be otherwise inaccessible and to bring it to the surface With hydrofracking a well can produce over a million gallons of waste water that is often laced with highly corrosive salts carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the waste water by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself Through the processes of fracking our underground water supplies artesian wells aquifers are being poisoned This is occurring in every continent on earth for the purpose of extracting more fossil fuels Large companies are moving in on peoples property which governments are allowing and drilling for natural gas via fracking and this process is destroying local water supplies Posted in News Tagged fracking 1 Comment Christchurch in hot water water running out Posted on October 27 2011 by admin The pond of the Christchurch Model Yacht Club at Victoria Lake Hagley Park is empty and they don t know where the water went Christchurch has been pumping its acquifers dry like there is no tomorrow for years We act like our braided rivers have no connection with our aquifers and we can exploit them till kingdom come The recent Canterbury earthquake not only disrupted lives and property it also altered the movement of water across and under the Canterbury Plains Groundwater levels spiked springs started flowing and the Hororata River changed its course We need to examine how the earthquake has affected the region s rivers and aquifers and review possible potential over allocation of our water from ill conceived grandiose schemes like Central Plains Water The truth is long term we maybe can t afford to play with our environment in this way Water supply for our future city needs is a key issue The importance of securing water supply for Cantabrians in an economic and sustainable manner cannot be underestimated We are the city that has potentially lost control of our water through recent decisions such as Central Plains water being allocated half the flow of the Waimakariri River to irrigate marginal farmland for yet more dairy conversions In Christchurch where water until recently pure potable water table has provided a plentiful resource this has not been considered a high priority But times are changing the value and indeed the cost of maintaining clean water can only rise as population pressures grow Christchurch s water supply systems were badly damaged during the 4 September 22 February and 13 June earthquakes the results of which have meant water restrictions are being imposed for the city for the first time since the drought of 1998 This is a citywide issue If we don t start conserving water now with an aim to reduce the traditional summer time outdoor water demand total outdoor watering bans will have to be imposed for the city Mr Christison council water and waste manager Water restrictions started on 8 October 2011 this year We need to reduce the outdoor water consumption across the city this summer as the damaged water infrastructure cannot support this level of demand over the summer months The restrictions are necessary to ensure the Council can supply Christchurch residents with the indoor water they need as summer approaches If residents do not comply with the restrictions from October watering bans may have to be imposed for the city Residents will be banned from outdoor watering on Mondays Odd numbered street addresses can water their gardens on Wednesday Friday and Sunday Residents with even numbered street addresses can water their gardens on Tuesday Thursday and Saturday Sprinklers garden irrigation systems and unattended hoses are not permitted at any time but car washing is permitted on allocated days Lets ask some real questions about what is happening to our water Like our bodies and the blood that pumps through our veins you can t extract water and preform by pass surgery with dams and diversions and fracking without threatening the health of the whole ecosystem These is a rise in earthquakes after oil companies use contemporary hydraulic fracturing methods fracking to extract oil natural gas and coal seam gas and right now the National Government has been issuing permits for this kind of activity in Canterbury The Spreydon Heathcote Community Board is seeking an urgent briefing from the Ministry of Economic Development and Environment Canterbury regarding Exploration Permits 52614 and 38264 The Board wishes to hear a whether the granting of permit 52614 will allow hydraulic fracturing to take place in the Christchurch region b whether the above authorities will permit hydraulic fracturing to be used as an extraction method in the Christchurch region if Coal Seam Gas is found c whether the above authorities have considered or will consider the increase in seismic activity in the processing of 52614 d what the results are from the exploration of the 38264 permit area and if deep sea drilling is likely to be required to extract petroleum there e whether MED will be extending 38264 beyond its expiration date on 7 11 2011 We like to think we control nature but the aftermath of recent earthquakes in Christchurch has shown we don t The earthquake has shown that we cannot take having a good public supply of water for granted Water is our treasure and we need to plan for the future of our water Posted in News Tagged hotwater fracking water shortage Central Plains Water 1 Comment water snapshot Posted on September 27 2011 by admin It was great to see the above exhibition that so eloquently brought home to us what has been happening to our rivers AQUA VITAE Claire Earlie Maxwell Shown Aigantigne Gallery 2 Jul 2011 Wed 10 Aug 2011 and Forester Gallery 13 August 25 September 2011 Claire Earlie Maxwell says Acqua Vitae presents South Island coastal rivers as women whose waters sustain a nation Beside each work is a jug of water taken from the river represented The viewer is invited to look at the image and then at the water from the river it represents The unappetizing brew helps the artist to stir up the debate of river pollution and what needs to be done about it On one side of the argument are agribusiness and hydro electric generation companies for whom the water is liquid gold On the other side are naturalists fishing communities and those who are passionate about our beautiful landscape and are keen to keep the rivers flowing strongly with little or no pollution Both groups are having difficulties in coming to terms with each others viewpoint There is no doubt however that without some kind of intervention our New Zealand rivers are in jeopardy My view is that the rivers belong to and are in the care of the nation If awareness can be raised on the plight of our rivers then it is up to us as New Zealanders to make the rules about how rivers are to be managed We must think like a river Only then will we be able to look after ourselves and our rivers properly To this end each river artwork in this exhibition is represented by a woman The woman is the river Go speak to her and see how you can help her to survive Drink her water if you dare Posted in News Leave a comment water artists in Aussi show Posted on May 6 2011 by admin Artists for save our water artists Ramonda Te Maiharoa and Jane Zusters exhibition The Murray River matters opened the first April at the Newcastle University Gallery GS Building University Drive Callaghan NSW 2308 The University Gallery is situated in a purpose built award winning building designed in 1995 by Peter Stutchbury and was an ideal venue for the thought this provoking imagery Digital montage artist Ramonda Te Maiharoa has lived in Australia for 40 years but has a crib at Moeraki where she meet Canterbury artist Jane Zusters in 2005 She understands how precious water is from having experienced firsthand water shortages in Brisbane and participated in he awa reo rivertalk as did Jane In 2010 Ramonda Te Maiharoa and Jane Zusters journeyed from the Murray river mouth at Goolwa to the Hume Dam photographing their impressions of this ravaged wonderland as a cautionary tale facing their Canterbury rivers which the NZ government wants to fast track irrigation schemes for more intensive farming water protesters Christchurch 2010 Settler culture has created a vision in which the water of the Murray has been stored regulated and allocated for human consumption and economic production The relationships between people water clay reeds insects yabbies birds grasses trees and the needs of the river have been discounted The resulting over allocation of water and resulting destruction of freshwater ecology demands a rethink water management law and policy New Zealand is proposing to introduce the water market model that has been so problematic in Australia How do you trade water that is not there or is miles away from where it has been sold the Murray River from the air The Murray Matters How to explain that what is so beautiful is not acceptable Nobody listens to angry people The Murray s dying appearance presents this conundrum if the representation is ugly nobody wants to look If the representation shows it s beauty the viewer sees it s pretty and understands it as such These works are an original and beautiful solution to this problem They are unsettling something is wrong but the images please and nobody s angry They are a visual plea to investigate what is going on These are composite images all truthful in their selected components as are the media s selection of examples to support editorial positions The final images here unlike the media are metaphorically truthful but physically impossible their recombination conveying the Murray s devastation poetically and with gentle irony but without the imposition of a political agenda These images speak for the Murray and in their paradoxical reconstructions the predicament of human habitation and its depredations As in de Chirico s paintings these images are real to the eye but closer inspection shows the improbability of the representation as in 8 where the lack of water makes a mockery of the ferry sign you can walk across the river the gasping fish is huge a real but concrete one no fish swim here the bridge high overhead and the buildings of Tocumwal right up to the rivers side Should the river flow the buildings will drown Should the river not flow it is dead the bridge redundant The conflicting requirements of human and environment made concrete These images meanings are layered At first the scenic beauty absorbs until the realisation of the impossibility of its physical nature dawns forcing a re reading Within this individual components work as a mnemonic to change the meaning of the whole as in the pivoting irrigation atop the drained river 3 and in notices such as Give Way To Stock where there is no stock no water and disconsolate pelicans Look too at Haynes Butchery shop astride the land emerging from the mouth of the Murray 1 Such devices are not just poetic irony they point to conflicting interests as in 5 where the lock holds water the river the irrigators the birds and the trees need Beware of taking what you see for granted here some aspects are subtle and conveyed as much by the visual finish of the image as in the recombination of parts Some aspects are softly watercolour offering a romantic tinge some so much so the effect is ghostly as in the sky of approaching history 1 where as the water recedes the trees will move in in turn dying in the dry or in the water itself 4 Also note that in others the treatment is hard edge a supereality close to the photorealism of 1970 s painters such as Ralf Goings and Richard Estes in which the painters made mundane urban scenes beautiful with their precise detailed cleaned up idealisations Ramonda Te Maiharoa uses this finish to reveal how the landscape is itself idealised in 7 which is bled of water through dams to feed a manmade water world for tourists and suburban development an environment whose leached foreground and accusatory expressions of the dogs demonstrate Look appreciate and consider the implications Venetia Sieveking Posted in News Leave a comment Hurunui Water Matters exhibition earthquake casualty Posted on February 27 2011 by admin Our latest artists for save our water exhibition show Hurunui Water Matters is no more and will not be opening at Crossroads Gallery on the 16th march Everyone got out of the building safely but all the artwork has been lost with the collapsing ceiling Posted in News Leave a comment SAVE LAKE SUMNER email complaint hurunui govt nz Posted on February 17 2011 by admin Below is a copy of our new Artists for save our water leaflet urging the public to email their views on the proposed irrigation schemes affecting The Hurunui River and Lake Sumner to complaint hurunui govt nz Text above reads as The Hurunui farmers water wish list proposing more intensive irrigation could mean the destruction of natural environments that many of us love and want to remain as they are Once you dam a wild river it is destroyed forever We do not want Lake Sumner to look like Lake Monowai raised 2 4 metres in 1920 and is still ringed with dead trees The new undemocratic Zone committee meetings are being pushed through double quick The John Key appointed Commissioners who replaced our elected Environment Canterbury representatives want to to stitch up water by July so they have a plan to be notified by first of October They want the Waiau flow and allocation to be decided by February and the Hurunui flow and allocation by March SPEAK OUT NOW OR LOSE YOUR LAKE Email complaint hurunui govt nz Report from Hurunui Zone Committee 31 1 11 In their pre meeting briefing Lynda Weastell Murchison Environment Canterbury s Principal Consents and Planning Officer advised the Hurunui Zone Committee that the Zonal Committee can find their own integrated solution and that if the law won t let us at the moment so we can find another way legislative change John Key set this legislative precedence when our elected Environment Canterbury representatives were sacked Professor Philip Joseph School of Law University of Canterbury said the Environment Canterbury Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management Act which was passed under urgency breaches several principles of law is constitutionally repugnant contains elements of subterfuge and is a constitutional affront since we have lost our right of recourse to the Environment Court On the table are Having a dam at Lake Sumner and a 75 metre dam at the south branch of the Hurunui Ngai Tahu Property proposes raising the Lake level 2 35 metres and an in canal hydro at Balmoral Transferring water from the Hurunui River by pumping 70 metres to a canal and tunnel through to the upper Waitohoi River to be stored in a 100 metre dam near Seven Hills Pumping water from the Waiau River from a canal to a reservoir at Grampians or to a large storage in the upper Pahau A dam and reservoir on the Mandamus River with water pumped from the Hurunui River A new race to supply Waiau river water to the Balmoral Forest Ngai Tahu received this forest in their Treaty Settlement and now wishes to clear fell and convert to dairy Pumping water from the Waiau River to a reservoir at Countess Stream SPEAK OUT OR LOSE YOUR LAKE Two further confidential options were presented to the committee that the public was excluded from hearing about The Zone Committee is concerned that Hanmer Basin is missing out on the economic benefit of having its river managed Mayor Winton Dalley made the point that if the add on costs of weed and predator control were too great a partnership with the greater community would be needed In other words they want you and me to pay for their proposed grandiose despoiling of our pristine wild rivers David Bedford pointed out that missing from the list was having a good public supply of water and that the Hurunui zone committee does not have the science or costings to make these decisions at this stage www artistsforsaveourwater co nz Posted in News 1 Comment Hurunui Water Matters Exhibition Invitation Posted on February 7 2011 by admin just to let you know about our next show Hurunui Water Matters opening 2pm Sunday 20th February 2011 21st to 26th February Sun 2 5pm Mon Sat noon 5pm The Studio first floor 84 Lichfield St Opposite the bus terminal Christchurch NZ The Hurunui farmers water wish list proposing more intensive irrigation could mean the destruction of natural environments that many of us love and want to remain as they are Once you dam a wild river it is destroyed forever We do not want Lake Sumner to look like Lake Monowai raised 2 4 metres in 1920 and still ringed with dead trees We will be exhibiting artwork by a variety of artists about the Hurunui River and Lake Sumner area 2 5 pm Sunday Sunday 20th February 2011 Featuring various brief presentations by Hugh Canard Malcom Snowden Jenny Webster Brown and others Creative Communities contributed towards photographic printing wine and cheese courtesy the artists Posted in News 2 Comments water nightmare for Hurunui Posted on February 1 2011 by admin The farmers water wish list It is Canterbury s new George Orwellian nightmare It is the last day of january 2011 and a group of undemocratically appointed mostly middle aged white men called a zone committee are meeting in Amberley to divi up the water of the Hurunui Waiau catchment meanwhile planning on paying lip service to community involvement about their deliberations after the fact On the wall of the meeting room is a sign proclaiming Hurunui Wellness In Hurunui we live the lives the rest of the world would love to live These meetings have to be pushed through double quick as the John Key appointed Commissioners who overthrew the elected Environment Canterbury representatives want to to stitch up water by July so they have a plan to be notified by first of October The Waiau flow and allocation has to be decided by February and the Hurunui flow and allocation by March Never mind that the committee does not have the science or costings to make these decisions In their pre meeting briefing Lynda Weastell Murchison of Environment Canterbury s Principal Consents and Planning Officer advises the group that the zonal committee can find their own integrated solution and that if the law wont let us at the moment so we can find another way legislative change The tangata whenua belief that the water of two rivers should not be mixed can be got around Makarini Rupene the Ngai Tahu representative says of mixing the water of two rivers It s not a fatal flaw It can be managed To his credit he also says It is the responsibility of those using the water to include the cost of filtering the water the pollution Mike Hodgen cannot see why water users should pay for predator and weed control as he does not understand that when the river s flow is controlled weeds proliferate and the breeding birds cannot see their predators These guys have an agenda and it is replumb the environment with dams and weirs to make farming more profitable On the 31 January 2011 at what was termed an ordinary meeting concerned members of the public were twice excluded so that commercially sensitive material could be discussed in private On the table are having a weir at Lake Sumner and a 75 metre dam at the south branch of the Hurunui and Ngai Tahu Property s option proposing in canal hydro at Balmoral They propose transferring water from the Hurunui River by pumping 70m to a canal and tunnel through to the upper Waitohoi River to be stored in a 100 m dam near Seven Hills They want to pump water from the Waiau River from a canal to a reservoir at Grampians or to a large storage in the upper Pahau They are considering a dam and reservoir on the Mandamus River with water pumped from the Hurunui River They want to construct a new race to supply Waiau river water to the existing Balmoral Forest Ngai Tahu received this forest in their Treaty Settlement and now wishes to clear fell and convert to dairy They are considering pumping water from the Waiau River to a reservoir at Countless Stream Two further confidential options have been presented to the committee that the public was excluded from hearing about The group is concerned that Hanmer Basin is missing out on the economic benefit of having its river managed Lynda Weastell Murchison advises the group shortly before the public is excluded once more You will need to outline what the costs will be to the district if nothing goes ahead Winton Dalley made the point that if the add on costs were too great they would need a partnership with the greater community In other words they want you and I to pay for their proposed grandiose despoiling of our pristine wild rivers It is telling that David Bedford pointed out that missing from the list was having a good public supply of water The situation with the Hurunui zone committee is worrying enough but there are 9 other zone water management committees across Canterbury and they are all basically doing the same thing Water management really means exploring options for more irrigation and exploiting every possible waterway above and below ground to achieve this The environmental ecosystem public health aspects of water management are simply a sop to the wider public and if implementation of them becomes uneconomical the zone committees will find ways around implementing them possibly by suggesting changes to the NRRP Natural Resources Regional Plan which has been 10 years in the making and almost completed At the Hurunui zone committee meeting it was clear that the main goal of the committee is to get as much water out of rivers for irrigation and storage options and as soon as possible but the literature the CWMS Canterbury Water Management Strategy releases reads quite differently From January 31 2011 update newsletter The committees already know what they need to achieve this is defined by the targets The targets have ten broad areas and set goals for the coming five years as well as setting milestones in 10 years and 30 years The targets cover Ecosystem health and biodiversity Braided rivers and natural character Kaitiakitanga Drinking water Recreational use and amenity opportunities Water use efficiency Irrigated land area Energy security and efficiency Regional and national economies Environmental limits To achieve these targets a collaborative and consensus based approach is needed We also need time for the right planning tools to be put in place to allow future decisions on how water is managed Interestingly irrigation comes quite low on the list of targets but 95 of the meeting on January 31 2011 focused on the best economic way to get water for irrigation the other targets seemed to be merely window dressing Lynda Weastell Murchison revealed a staggeringly short time frame for the Hurunui zone committee to implement its water plan yet in the paragraph above the last sentence reads We also need time for the right planning tools to be put in place to allow future decisions on how water is managed There has obviously been a decree from on high to get things done so the future of the Hurunui basin is being determined by a bunch of irrigation at all costs despite the environmental consequences fanatics Decisions are being made behind closed doors in haste by people ill equipped to deal with the complex environmental situations What we saw at the Hurunui zone committee are self serving men plotting lets remake the water environment to suit ourselves and stuff the environmental consequences The farmers water wish list will be a nightmare for those of us who wish to preserve Canterbury s last wild river Posted in News Leave a comment bird deaths will be on on Nick Smith s head Posted on August 26 2010 by admin Sam Mahon and Jane Zusters two of the Artists for save our water artists are in the Artists as Activists show at the Academy of Fine Arts showing in Wellington till September 12 Sam Mahon has made a sculpture of Environment Minister Nick Smith s head from cow dung and filled with the skeletons of birds to protest about the impact dairy farming and intensive development is having on the environment The head opens up when a 50 cent or 2 coin is dropped in its base and a dawn chorus is played but the birds in the sculpture are skeletons Money comes before the environment the sacking of the elected Environment Canterbury regional councillors and the weakening of water conservation orders in Canterbury would mean the region s most pristine rivers would lose some of their protections As a result birds such as the endangered black fronted tern which lived on those rivers would lose their habitat says Canterbury sculptor Sam Mahon He wanted to highlight the impact farming was having on his local environment where nitrate levels in the water were higher than was considered safe for consumption and agricultural industries placed a heavy demand on water supplies Last year the simpler version of his sculpture sold on Trade Me for more than 3000 Artist Jane Zusters spoke at the launch of Forest and Birds Save the Mackenzie Country Campaign which was hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts Today I want to talk a little bit about my work Crown These are real letters sent by members of Parliament in response to our group Artists for save our wate r We ve been using art to make the public aware of the proposed intensification of farming in the Mackenzie country The video for love of the Mackenzie Country was used to start the Mackenzie Guardians presentation at the water hearings at Environment Canterbury and then sent to various members of parliament Three years ago most New Zealanders weren t aware of applications to take millions of cubic meters of water from high country rivers to irrigate more than 27 000 hectares of the Mackenzie Country Taking this water for irrigation will severely affect the wetlands THE vegetation THE SOIL THE flora fauna fish and birdlife AND DESTROY THIS UNIQUE LANDSCAPE There are internationally significant bird habitats adjacent to these proposed irrigation sites Eight species of threatened birds are here including the kaki or black stilt Along with the destruction of wetlands natural habitats and flow of numerous high country rivers and streams we know from our experience of this type of intensive farming there will be many potential adverse effects from the farm nutrient runoff The value of high country tourism is estimated at 4 billion a year so why would we kill the goose that lays this golden egg To grant these water rights in this dry land is not in our long term social economic and cultural interests The Mackenzie Country is more valuable to us long term as a storehouse of our unique endangered plants and wildlife and possible world heritage site I believe we need to balance the proposed economic development against the damage to the existing envirionment and the loss of happiness of birds and fish and us all We must preserve the Mackenzie Country for future generations otherwise our children will inherit the weeds and dried up rivers whose birds have gone We need to have a vision for the basin There should be a moratorium on development until that is sorted Close up of the video for Love of the Mackenzie Country playing as part of Zusters work Crown The exhibition Artists as Activists opened 20 August at the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery Queens Wharf Wellington and runs until September 12 It also features works from artists including Michael Smither Grahame Sydney and poet Brian Turner Posted in News Leave a comment Join the Water Walk Posted on August 5 2010 by admin Artists for save our water will be supporting this coming event so if you are an artist and you would like to be involved in some way get in touch email info artistsforsaveourwater co nz Water Walk Waimakariri Wai Water Walk From the Alps to the Ocean Sunday 19 to Sunday 26 September 2010 CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE CHRISTCHURCH EATHQUAKE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Our Water Our Vote Too Precious to Lose The Waimakariri Wai Water journey celebrates one of Canterbury s great braided rivers the Waimakariri It is a call to action to protect the Waimakariri as a source of Christchurch s drinking water as habitat for indigenous plants and wildlife and a focus for recreation The river is central to the Coast to Coast multi sport adventure race for tramping fishing picnicking boating and closer to its mouth for yachting water skiing and white baiting To celebrate the importance of all Canterbury s natural waters a diverse group of 10 12 committed individuals will journey the length of the Waimakariri River from its source to the sea in September Their spring time journey will start in the river s headwaters high in Arthur s Pass National Park where snow melt from the mountains of the Southern Alps nourishes the river Over the next seven eight days they will mainly walk but also raft kayak cycle and boat the river to near its mouth at Brooklands Lagoon Along the way they will be joined by rafters kayakers fishermen jet boaters and other river users They will visit several local schools share stories with local residents and learn more of the many ways in which people appreciate and enjoy the Waimakariri Agribusiness is targeting the lands between the Waimakariri and the Rakaia rivers for a massive expansion in dairying Fonterra wants a new milk processing plant at Darfield to process another 2 2 million litres of milk each day while Synlait and its proposed 51 stake Chinese shareholder Bright Dairy Ltd want to double production at Synlait s Dunsandel plant The Waimakariri Irrigation scheme already takes 11 cumecs for irrigation on the river s north bank Central Plains Water Ltd wants to take another 25 cumecs from the river for its massive canal and irrigation scheme Appeals against this have been lodged with the Environment Court and may be heard later this year While focusing on the Waimakariri the journey will highlight the need to cherish and respect all of Canterbury s rivers lakes aquifers and lowland streams Proposed think big irrigation schemes more dairying and intensive land use across thousands of hectares and in areas never before contemplated such as the Mackenzie Basin risks serious depletion of our rivers pushing nitrate levels in groundwater well above health standards for drinking water and further pollution and harm to lowland streams If you care about the wellbeing of our waterways who controls and uses our water and Cantabrians being denied the right to vote in regional council elections until at least 2013 then please join us on the river journey or in the Christchurch section of the Waimakariri Wai Water Walk from the sea to the city Please join us for the public part of the walk on Sunday 26 September from Spencer Park to New Brighton Pier more details to come The event is being organised by Our Water Our Vote a group of Canterbury citizens committed to the restoration of regional democracy and the protection of the region s rivers lakes aquifers and streams A detailed timetable for this event will be published in the near future For more information please contact Rosalie Snoyink ph 03 3182632 Eugenie Sage ph 021 1553937 or 03 329 3177 Janette Kear ph 03 352 5782 Watch out for the postcard we just produced for our water our vote about the cairn erected in Christchurch s Square Posted in News Leave a comment artists as political activists Posted on July 27 2010 by admin Jane Zusters one of the of Artists for save our wate r will be showing her art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington as part of the Artists as Political Activists 21st August till 12th September The work Crown and the video f or love of the Mackenzie Country are Jane Zusters response to proposed water extractions to intensively farm 28 000 acres of land in the Mackenzie country The letters are real and from politicians who were sent the video that plays along with the painting See www mackenzieguardians co nz Our pursuit of gross national product at the expense of the environment is not leading to gross national happiness for our rivers and lakes and the birds and the fish We promote economic activity on the presumption that the social benefits outweigh whatever damage it might cause However the resulting ecological damage is surpassing our ability to assimilate damage and degrading the ecological integrity of our environment I believe we need to implement a wholly different structure for environmental decision making that prioritizes sustainability and maintains the integrity of the ecological systems that we depend on rather than economic growth Artists as Activists the Academy s showcase for 2010 are Brian Turner Sam Mahon Grahame Sydney Dean Buchanan Michael Smither Nick Dryden Ian Hamlin Don Binney and Jane Zusters NZ Academy of Fine Arts 1 Queens Wharf Wellington Ph 04 383 584 Forest Bird will be launching their Save the McKenzie campaign at a lunchtime opening also on 20 August The show opens to the public at 10 am on the 21st with an artists discussion over coffee about their activism and art Posted in News Leave a comment pooh cake for NZ PM John Key Posted on July 1 2010 by admin The police would not allow demonstrators to present John Key with a cake in the shape of a cow pooh at the occasion of Nicky Wagner celebrating the opening of her new office The guest of dis honour was the PM John Key and the protesters who included the young man who jumped on the PM s car and now has a 7000 fine wanted John

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    could be if we don t look after it Feel free to post images of where you live and what is being done to our land and waters that is effecting the environment in a way that we will never be able to enjoy it again Water Use Place Country Cows and Country Place Country Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are

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    rate and we are mining our ground water in an unsustainable way Our drinking water is under threat from nitrates and animal effluent The rivers we swam in as children have Health Warning signs telling us of the dangers of drinking swimming and allowing our dogs in the water The fish and bird life are being endangered by the reduced flows Our rivers have didymo and algae partly due to the reduced flows Large scale water removal and diversion affects not just the immediate systems but ecosystems far beyond Water is not wasted by running into the sea Worldwide we can see the consequences of damming and treating rivers and lakes as plumbing systems Let us learn from the experiences of countries such as Australia who have ruined the Murray River by over allocation and unsustainable farming Christchurch citizens face potential high water rates and water restrictions as farmers are being given the water resources on a first come first serve basis without a real knowledge of how much water take is sustainable The residents of Christchurch are likely to end up with a restricted supply of expensive chlorinated and contaminated water We are concerned that Environment Canterbury is dominated by rural interests and is not safeguarding the pure and clean water supply of the people of Christchurch and our environment You are not giving sufficient consideration of protection of the recreational values of our rivers and the publics right to swim and fish and play We believe the present R M A is not working in managing diffuse pollution caused through the intensification of farming Actions we endorse Christchurch s Water needs should have priority and existing rights to water allocation recognised before additional farming water consents are allocated to irrigate free draining farmland The Farming Community should be

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  • hands off Resource Management Act « News « Artists for save our water
    our democratic right to have input into what happens to our environment We have some serious concerns about the proposals The government states the proposed reforms are designed to increase ease of use certainty and predictability of the system reduce necessary duplication and cost while improving important environmental and other outcomes and safeguarding the role of local government representing the interests of their communities The proposals however would undermine those stated purposes because they would marginalise or constrain the participation of individuals and communities extend central government powers to intervene in and amend local planning processes weaken the wording and requirements for ensuring that decisions are made to primarily protect preserve maintain and enhance our environments fundamentally change the context of the RMA from environmental protection to economic development We would suggest that existing legislation the Resource Management Act should be strengthened not amended We support sustainable management and careful stewardship providing for our own and future generations We believe that the current RMA supports these goals and should be left alone What price to our environment the following Resource Management Act proposed changes We made the following submission on the proposed changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 We do not agree with the proposals in 3 1 1 3 1 4 We oppose changes to important principles contained in sections 6 and 7 of the RMA We oppose the deletion of 6 a The preservation of natural character of the coastal environment wetlands and lakes and rivers and their margins from inappropriate subdivision use and development 6 b The protection of outstanding natural features and landscapes from inappropriate subdivision use and development 6 c The protection of areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna We oppose the deletion of existing matters eg 7 aa

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    like Continue reading Posted in News Tagged hotwater fracking water shortage Central Plains Water 1 Comment water snapshot Posted on September 27 2011 by admin It was great to see the above exhibition that so eloquently brought home to us what has been happening to our rivers AQUA VITAE Claire Earlie Maxwell Shown Aigantigne Gallery 2 Jul 2011 Wed 10 Aug 2011 and Continue reading Posted in News Leave a comment water artists in Aussi show Posted on May 6 2011 by admin Artists for save our water artists Ramonda Te Maiharoa and Jane Zusters exhibition The Murray River matters opened the first April at the Newcastle University Gallery GS Building University Drive Callaghan NSW 2308 The University Gallery is situated in a purpose built Continue reading Posted in News Leave a comment Hurunui Water Matters exhibition earthquake casualty Posted on February 27 2011 by admin Our latest artists for save our water exhibition show Hurunui Water Matters is no more and will not be opening at Crossroads Gallery on the 16th march Everyone got out of the building safely but all the artwork has been Continue reading Posted in News Leave a comment SAVE LAKE SUMNER email complaint hurunui govt nz Posted on February 17 2011 by admin Below is a copy of our new Artists for save our water leaflet urging the public to email their views on the proposed irrigation schemes affecting The Hurunui River and Lake Sumner to complaint hurunui govt nz Posted in News 1 Comment Hurunui Water Matters Exhibition Invitation Posted on February 7 2011 by admin just to let you know about our next show Hurunui Water Matters opening 2pm Sunday 20th February 2011 21st to 26th February Sun 2 5pm Mon Sat noon 5pm The Studio first floor 84 Lichfield St Opposite the bus terminal Christchurch NZ The Hurunui farmers Continue reading Posted in News 2 Comments water nightmare for Hurunui Posted on February 1 2011 by admin http codex wordpress org Excerpt Continue reading Posted in News Leave a comment bird deaths will be on on Nick Smith s head Posted on August 26 2010 by admin Sam Mahon and Jane Zusters two of the Artists for save our water artists are in the Artists as Activists show at the Academy of Fine Arts showing in Wellington till September 12 Sam Mahon has made a sculpture of Continue reading Posted in News Leave a comment Join the Water Walk Posted on August 5 2010 by admin Artists for save our water will be supporting this coming event so if you are an artist and you would like to be involved in some way get in touch email info artistsforsaveourwater co nz Water Walk Waimakariri Wai Water Walk From the Continue reading Posted in News Leave a comment artists as political activists Posted on July 27 2010 by admin Jane Zusters one of the of Artists for save our water will be showing her art at the Academy of Fine Arts in

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