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  • hotwater/fracking /water shortage/Central Plains Water « Tags « Artists for save our water
    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 Continue reading Posted in News Tagged hotwater fracking water shortage Central Plains Water 1 Comment Search for Archives April 2013 November 2012 August 2012 February 2012 December 2011 November

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  • water snapshot « News « Artists for save our water
    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

    Original URL path: http://artistsforsaveourwater.co.nz/2011/09/water-snapshot/ (2016-05-01)
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  • water artists in Aussi show « News « Artists for save our water
    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

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  • Hurunui Water Matters exhibition earthquake casualty « News « Artists for save our water
    got out of the building safely but all the artwork has been lost with the collapsing ceiling This entry was posted in News Bookmark the permalink SAVE LAKE SUMNER email complaint hurunui govt nz water artists in Aussi show Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title

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  • SAVE LAKE SUMNER email : complaint@hurunui.govt.nz « News « Artists for save our water
    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
    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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  • water nightmare for Hurunui. « News « Artists for save our water
    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

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  • bird deaths will be on on Nick Smith’s head « News « Artists for save our water
    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

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