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  • Christchurch in hot water / water running out « News « Artists for save our water – Comments Page 1
    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

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  • SAVE LAKE SUMNER email : complaint@hurunui.govt.nz « News « Artists for save our water – Comments Page 1
    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

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  • Hurunui Water Matters Exhibition Invitation « News « Artists for save our water – Comments Page 1
    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 This entry was posted in News Bookmark the permalink water nightmare for Hurunui SAVE LAKE SUMNER email complaint hurunui govt nz 2 Responses to Hurunui Water Matters Exhibition Invitation Pingback Tweets that mention Hurunui Water Matters Exhibition Invitation Artists for save our water Topsy com Paul Di says February 21 2011 at 11 08 pm looking forward to supporting the environment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment You may

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  • pooh cake for NZ PM John Key « News « Artists for save our water – Comments Page 1
    Key and the protesters who included the young man who jumped on the PM s car and now has a 7000 fine wanted John Key to know just how concerned we are about his actions on water and taking away our local body Environmental Canterbury vote One of the demonstrators had come all the way from Waimate where her artesian well has been poisoned with e coli by nearby intensive dairy farming Where Nicky Wagner s Office 222 Bealey Ave Corner of Bealey and Madras St Christchurch NZ Date Thursday 1st of July This entry was posted in News Bookmark the permalink artists support our water our vote artists as political activists 2 Responses to pooh cake for NZ PM John Key Steve Keddell says July 5 2010 at 8 51 pm Even the policeman on the left is holding his nose Monex says December 14 2010 at 5 10 pm John William shouts at Nicky Wagner MP during the rally in Victoria Sq However we have in already heard PM John Key wanting to store water to maximise farming Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment

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  • artists support our water our vote « News « Artists for save our water – Comments Page 1
    in the dairy industry amongst other interests he along with John Key at one point and other National figures are behind the Dairy Investment Fund which owns Open Country Cheese The report contains accusations that the ECan councillors are too worried about science and says their decisions are science led rather than science informed which is basically equivalent to saying that ECan should turn a blind eye to the facts when they re inconvenient for dairy interests It goes on to say large numbers of staff are green in orientation which means they are sin of sin putting the environment before the interests of farmers hell bent on sucking our rivers dry for irrigation The Rakaia River closed up at the mouth about 10 days ago Virtually unprecedented People at Rakaia Huts say low flows are causing back up flooding Also unheard of At the end of the day the dairy industry which has deep connections with National just wants more water allocated for dairy farming They don t care that this is unsustainable Yesterday agriculture Minister David Carter who has a farm in the Hurunui and stands to benefit from fast tracking irrigation in the Hurunui threatened other councils who do not co operate with National party agendas of water for farmers and bugger the environment He has finally said it ECan was sacked because it didn t co operate with farmers and give them all the water they wanted And other councils had better do what they are told or they too will be sacked Speaking at the Irrigation New Zealand conference in Christchurch yesterday Carter said the Government had no option but to sack the councillors We had to act here in Canterbury because the situation was untenable if we are going to seriously make progress in delivering this irrigation he said I would have thought what happened recently with Environment Canterbury would be a signal to all regional councils to work a bit more constructively with their farmer stakeholders The protest began on the steps of Ecan where the crowd was addressed by Labour MP Brendon Burns Greens MP Kevin Hague Yani Johanson and sacked ECAN councillor Jane Demeter The protest then moved 20 metres to the Copthorne Hotel where the crowd roared and hissed as participants arrived sharing their rage at the loss of the democratic process in Canterbury This entry was posted in News Bookmark the permalink the water politics behind our watershow pooh cake for NZ PM John Key 6 Responses to artists support our water our vote Brenda Liddiard says May 1 2010 at 10 32 pm In the not too distant future wars will be fought over water These are the early skirmishes forex robot says May 8 2010 at 6 25 pm nice post thanks admin says May 16 2010 at 9 55 pm I was slightly discouraged by the nature of the information that you presented in the article on your home page in that it seemed so opinionated

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  • Hurunui River Journey 24 to 28 march 2010 « News « Artists for save our water – Comments Page 1
    Lake Sumner and the Hurunui have had had many development proposals over the years there could have been a major highway across the alps or the railroad and there have been several schemes to dam it The Hurunui has wriggled its way out of all of these Currently there are plans afoot to raise the lake and dam the north and south branches of the river for intensive irrigation We wish to make a feature documentary telling the story of Lake Sumner and the Hurunui River and the people of the river This film will include local people and places along the Hurunui The film will work with the local communities who connect in a multitude of ways with the lakes river and surroundings It will be screened at local halls pubs churches along the river bank and in cinemas in Rangiora Kaikoura and Christchurch It will be available for screening use for people working on environmental issues Part of this film may also be included in a national feature film about water which will be distributed and screened throughout New Zealand and the world Kathleen Gallagher and Mike Coughlan Earth Whisperers Papatuanuku and Healing Journeys Wick Candle Film www wickcandle co nz doygalpress yahoo com Ph 0064 3 3329192 Or contact Edward Snowdon and Penelope Snowdon Lait penslait gmail com Ph 0064 3 3849 768 Itinerary Journey from mountains to the sea Wednesday 24th March Water gathering at source of Hurunui Harpers Pass Thursday 25th Camp for night at Katrine Friday 26th Depart in morning Rafting boating down Lake Sumner Recognition karakia for Sumner Hurunui outlet Running river down to Dozy stream above Maori gully Camp with river runners and supporters Saturday 27th Meeting with anglers canoists and bug people Down river travel through Maori gully Camp Hurunui camp

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  • Jamie Hanton reviews He awa reo – rivertalk « News « Artists for save our water – Comments Page 1
    uttered Despite the range and variety of media there is a unified message and common thematic dichotomy running throughout the show simply put what we have now and what we will have should the Central Water Scheme go ahead Linda James Waterfall series has its aesthetic roots in Van der Velden s Otira Gorge works as well as a geographical connection the Waimakiriri begins its journey above the plains in the Otira Gorge It is a sign that attitudes to the primacy and beauty of water as a vital part of Aotearoa have persisted over the course a century Though in place of Van der Velden s romantic darkness is joyous illumination sun cast across the scene Sally Hope s small oil canvasses also revel in the light as flecks of dusky pinks and murky khaki are reflected in the river a kaleidoscope of perspectives Her series presents a collection of rivers emphasising the plurality of the river its many different things to many people At once a place of recreation of beauty and a habitat to all manner of creatures Sam Mahon s George and Irene Mura Schroder s Threatened Mudfish make the living connection explicit The nationally endangered Canterbury Mudfish whose habitats have been destroyed as waterways have disappeared becomes a tangible symbol of what may be lost if the proposed scheme goes ahead With irrigation comes the threat of a withering river flow diametrically opposed is Jane Zuster s invigorating Watertalk in which blueness and all its connotations are celebrated a symbol of purity hydration but also deep melancholy Indeed the thought of such deprivation is emotionally charged Nigel Brown s black singleted farmer is a portrait of conflicted sentiments as he stands in front of the land looking away arms folded in a practiced staunchness Brown continues to successfully question and subvert long held symbols of kiwi ness The historic backbone of the New Zealand export market farmers have in part the status of economically proclaimed guardians of the land and potential executors of its Will That their position in the debate is ultimately torn is spelled out in Brown s We are water which states if we abuse rivers we abuse ourselves thus tying together the river s life giving properties and its living and thriving properties as a natural entity in and of itself Emphasising this point is Ben Woollcombe s delicate watercolour Finding her way Waimakiriri an illustration of the will of the river scything gracefully through the land Irene Mura Schroder s ceramic works capture a glorious wetness unusual for their medium and the direct juxtaposition of Margaret Ryley s Fragments of a river a porcelain and stoneware work that exudes a more familiar arid texture is striking Becky Turrell s Path of Light stretches from one end of the gallery to another a winding ochre track of vinyl that leads to Albert McCarthy s Guardianship Kaitiakitanga which in unison with Nigel Brown s We Are Sorry invokes the roles and responsibilities

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  • irrigators are sucking our rivers dry « News « Artists for save our water – Comments Page 1
    are delighted that their valley will not be flooded for a dam but a private company still got the water rights Canterbury water belongs to all of us We love our rivers but their water is being sucked up into irrigators and our rivers are varnishing This is a sad day for our rivers and us all says artist Sally Hope Twelve artists who care deeply about our water and our environment are staging an exhibition about the Waimakariri River at Coca Gallery opening 5 30 pm 24 November 2009 At the opening Lady Diana Isaac will award the prizes for the three Canterbury School children who won Alpine Jet River rides for themselves and their families with their river art Their art has been framed and will be exhibited along side the adult art Alpine Jets is threatened with closure if this scheme goes ahead At the closing of this exhibition at 2 pm 12th December Russell Norman of the Green Party will be speaking along with Murray Rodgers of the Water Rights Trust The well known singers Malcolm McNeill and Rima Te Wiata are supporting the water cause by performing email info artistsforsaveourwater co nz This entry was posted in News Bookmark the permalink he awa reo rivertalk opens 24 nov water show review by Daniel Collins One Response to irrigators are sucking our rivers dry Brendon Burns says November 18 2009 at 10 01 pm Hi Jane my colleague Ruth Dyson passed on your letter re Artistsforsaveourwater Not only am I your local MP I am also Labour s spokesman on water quality and am campaigning on issues such as the spread of dairying I d like to catch up My phone number is 0274 305501 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be

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