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  • NO JOY for environment under National Party. « News « Artists for save our water
    Canterbury region will therefore not have elections in 2016 for the Canterbury Regional councilors but instead the government appointed Commissioners will continue to govern till 2016 At a recent select committee hearing about this bill in Christchurch feelings were running high and Nicky Wagner cleared the room of the public water activist artist Sam Mahon is asked to leave hearing We have reason to be concerned about the health of our waterways Dunsandel has its water tested since water from the town well became contaminated with faecal bacteria from animals in 2010 and recently 125 Darfield residents were struck down by gastroenteritis after drinking water contaminated with E coli High nitrate levels in private and small water supplies in the Ashburton area are putting newborn babies at risk of the potentially fatal disease methemoglobinemia also known as blue baby syndrome Board medical officer of health Alistair Humphrey says Intensified farming now means that a lot of water is contaminated with animal faeces especially the Waimakariri after heavy rains and secondly the chlorination of this heavily contaminated water fell short of levels required to make it safe The importance of protecting water from source to tap was sometimes lost in political imperatives Mike Joy has attracted the ire of the Prime Minister because his comments about New Zealand s environmental record were aired on BBC Hardtalk last year and via the New York Times recently Prime Minister John Key has likened New Zealand s 100 Pure brand to a marketing campaign by hamburger giant McDonald s and says no one expects it to be 100 per cent true It s like saying McDonald s I m loving it I m not sure every moment that someone s eating McDonald s they re loving it it s the same thing with 100 Pure It s got to be taken with a bit of a pinch of salt He means the 100 pure is just a marketing slogan with no relationship to our environment In other words it is just a metaphor to exploit the gullible Key made this market driven comment amid controversy over criticism by Massey University scientist Mike Joy of New Zealand s clean green brand The government instead of cleaning up its act has decided not to do reports on the state of the environment any more We have 2788 threatened species and 96 percent of our pasture rivers don t meet swimming standards Joy s criticisms were printed in the New York Times ahead of a major push by Tourism New Zealand around the Hobbit movies under a deal negotiated by Key as tourism minister with movie bosses Joy told the newspaper the reality of New Zealand s environmental record came nowhere close to matching the 100 Pure brand His comments have sparked a backlash from among others lobbyist Mark Unsworth who accused him of being on an ego trip This scientist doing his job is accused of being on an ego trip when he giving some reality

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  • art workshops for water and mountain lovers « News « Artists for save our water
    the 1st At the new improved Unwin Lodge Aoraki Mt Cook The painting workshop by Jane Zusters is suitable for both beginners and experienced painters and the focus will be on the development of each individuals painting practice through a guided encounter with the Aoraki environment Because of the small numbers tuition can be specific to the individual Gain inspiration from the awe inspiring environment and the experience an art retreat Jane s focus is on enabling each individual s creative journey rather than adhering to any particular technique style or genre Through creative exercises and a focus on the physical environment students will be encouraged to use the workshop as a launching pad to fuel their own art exploration A limited number of places are still available so follow Arrival time Meet at Unwin Lodge 6 00pm November 1 for a prepared dinner at 6 30pm Departure time Around 3pm on Nov 5th Numbers Max 8 Cost 750 00 for NZAC members 850 for non members Applicants may be NZAC members or non members The fee for non members is slightly higher The course fee includes instruction accommodation dinners and transport from Chch if required It doesn t include breakfast or lunch You will be expected to pay a 300 deposit at the time of registration to secure your place on the course Cancellation insurance is available Christchurch based Jane Zusters is an nationally recognized artist who has facilitated numerous painting workshops including classes at Artstation Auckland University Extension Studies and Whanganui Polytechnic Her philosophy is to make art from the life experiences that she feels passionate about She is an eclectic and diverse artist who is familiar with many different approaches to painting from conventional landscape to abstraction She has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand since the 70

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  • Nobody owns water. Yeah, right « News « Artists for save our water
    was then unquestionably for the benefit of the public could one day become just another source of revenue for private shareholders I don t think we did I am old enough to remember a different era My parents loved the rolling tawny expanses of the Mackenzie Country and visited it often to enjoy its clear air and three beautiful lakes each with its own colour and character Seeing the hydro electric developments boring their way inexorably across their favourite landscape was very painful and latterly their visits stopped They recognised the nation s need for electricity however and no doubt paid more than their fair share for the dams through the substantial taxes the comfortably off paid in those days public sacrifice for public good was a principle they understood and believed in Nowadays however we dance to a different tune and water is being commercialised Having given much of the control of our hydro lakes and rivers to our energy companies without charge for the national good how much leverage will remain to maintain the values of our rivers and lakes after their partial sale Nobody talks about rivers and lakes they are simply water or resource in the national discussion While we still own our energy companies under the SOE Act there remains a clause that can require them to act in the public good But once partially sold under the Mixed Ownership Model Act we surrender that authority and the companies will operate for the greater economic benefit of their shareholders Suddenly it is obvious that ownership and use of water is a fundamental debate we have never had as a nation One of the first questions we should be discussing is what exactly ownership means and then perhaps to what extent permits to use become degrees of ownership For example the status an activity enjoys under the RMA provides different levels of security to the consent holder The knock on effect of an activity being classed as controlled rather than discretionary can be to almost guarantee use for that activity in perpetuity Meridian for example is currently seeking just such a changed classification to its water use permits in the Waitaki For all practical purposes how different is this from a property right A further overlay is the facility under the same act to trade water An irrigator having secured a permit to use free water can later sell that right directly to another irrigator thereby deriving wealth from the transaction and denying public opportunity to reconsider its use or its return to river or lake Isn t there a degree of ownership in that situation as well And how do Maori ideas of ownership vary from those of Pakeha As I understand it ownership of a water body to Maori implies both the authority and a duty to care kaitiakitanga rather than an exclusive right for personal gain like the European concept It is a holistic rather than a reductionist approach a worldview that might

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  • water loving Sam Mahon’s new book « News « Artists for save our water
    a sign that all is not well in our environment Sam s Mahon is writing about the water politics leading to our degraded and ravaged rivers Book launch at Rudolf Steiner auditorium 19 Ombersley Tce St Martins March 2nd 7 9 pm Contact sammahonart gmail com Ph 027 220 1691 Sam Mahon s new book Franzi and the great terrain robbery is a description of fighting on a broad environmental battlefield it is a portrait gallery of those who continue to abstract partition and deliver by stealth the commons into private hands It is a protest against the disinheritance of our children One of the leading chapters is based on an interview with professor of law Philip Joseph and his opinion that the Ecan Act is an affront to natural justice constitutional law and the Bill of Rights The last chapter describes the building of a stone cairn in Cathedral Square a monument to our hobbled democracy and dying rivers It was built on a sleet driven June afternoon by three thousand aggrieved citizens As Chris Todd quipped How can anyone take it away It has been crafted by nature built by the people explained by a dean and blessed by a bishop It is a true work of public art The evening will begin with a brief synopsis of the book followed by an audience driven discussion on the topics of art as a political tool The tragedy of the commons Law and pragmatism Economy and the environment Chair moderator Jo Kane Please bring a question with you and a biscuit in your pocket diary cows in Silversream Spring Creek photo Peter Langlands This entry was posted in News and tagged Sam Mahon Book Bookmark the permalink Trustpower eyes Rakaia River Nobody owns water Yeah right Leave a Reply

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  • Sam Mahon Book « Tags « Artists for save our water
    loving activist Sam Mahon who made a bust of Environment Minister Nick Smith out of dairy cow dung and created a painting of prime minister John Key dead in an alley to protest against National Party Politics invites you to Continue reading Posted in News Tagged Sam Mahon Book Leave a comment Search for Archives April 2013 November 2012 August 2012 February 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September

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  • Trustpower eyes Rakaia River « News « Artists for save our water
    was meeting with Trustpower and had decided that they needed to change the WCO on the Rakaia if Trustpower s irrigation scheme using Lake Coleridge for storage was to proceed Here s one abstract Aide Memoire from Gerry Brownlee and David Carter to John Key 4 9 09 To accelerate the TrustPower Lake Coleridge proposal application could be made to MfE to amend or revoke the existing Rakaia WCO Officials and Ministers were looking at how to change the WCO so they could get access to the water and lower the minimum flow The Government was looking for a way forward when an opportunity presented itself in the form of the Canterbury mayors attacking ECAN When the Government removed the elected councillors at ECAN they simultaneously undermined WCOs in Canterbury with the same legislation The earthquake has now provided perfect cover to steal the water from the river Flow minimums and flow variability are essential to the health of the river Minimum flows mean that there is enough habitat for freshwater fish medium flow events clean out the periphyton that grows on the shingle underwater and big flows are essential for cleaning out the vegetation that grows on the islands between the braids This vegetation can act as habitat for stoats and other predators of the birds on the river If you eliminate the variability by controlling the flow you eliminate the flora and fauna adapted to that variability Nearly three quarters of all the wrybills in the world live on the Rakaia wrybills are the only bird to have a a right bending beak to poke under the shingle for food Black fronted terns are endangered but common on the river On the 19 december the Key appointed commissioners are having a hearing initiated by Trustpower to vary the

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  • endangered birds « Tags « Artists for save our water
    provides perfect cover to steal the water from the river as everyone is to concerned with the life dramas around them Wrybills are endangered as the proposed flow regime will lead to more weeds and provide cover for Continue reading Posted in News Tagged endangered birds water conservation 1 Comment Search for Archives April 2013 November 2012 August 2012 February 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 May

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  • water conservation « Tags « Artists for save our water
    provides perfect cover to steal the water from the river as everyone is to concerned with the life dramas around them Wrybills are endangered as the proposed flow regime will lead to more weeds and provide cover for Continue reading Posted in News Tagged endangered birds water conservation 1 Comment Search for Archives April 2013 November 2012 August 2012 February 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 May

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