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  • Join the Water Walk « News « Artists for save our water
    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

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  • artists as political activists « News « Artists for save our water
    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 This entry was

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  • pooh cake for NZ PM John Key « News « Artists for save our water
    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
    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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  • the water politics behind our watershow « News « Artists for save our water
    Changing the rules for water conservation orders was not needed to fix any problems at Environment Canterbury This Bill was used as cover to smuggle in a change in the law equivalent to allowing mining in national parks Ecologic executive director Guy Salmon said Fish Game chief executive Bryce Johnson said A water conservation order is a national park for a river there are only 15 in existence but they provide bottom line protection to just a few of our most precious and iconic wild waterways Whitewater NZ patron Hugh Canard said Conservation orders are a national level protection tool just like national parks and so it is utterly wrong to change their protection through a law about one region Is the Government really saying that not one of our wild rivers is worth protecting Forest Bird general manager Mike Britton said The changes to the water conservation orders are as significant as the Schedule 4 mining issue and to make it even worse the law has been changed with no consultation and no Select Committee process at all The new law is a giant kick in the guts for the thousands of Kiwi hunters and anglers who have collectively invested millions of dollars through the Fish Game Council and other environment groups in securing protection for the select few rivers and lakes with conservation orders said Bryce Johnson I would like to know whether industry groups with whom we have worked so well within the forum have been lobbying behind the forum s back despite the Ministers directive that that was not to happen Or has the Government simply taken upon itself to leave the forum high and dry Mike Britton said Forest Bird considers the forum to be the sole good initiative of this Government on conservation but

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  • Hurunui River Journey 24 to 28 march 2010 « News « Artists for save our water
    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
    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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  • in their own words… by Daniel Colins « News « Artists for save our water
    this new quieter river that Ryley conveys through her artwork Pieces of pottery and porcelain lie scattered along an arc the small white porcelain pieces framing the larger glazed clays fitting materials for a river There was no definite boundary and in fact the pieces had been moved slightly by observers much the same way that real rivers are The white porcelain pieces are the white stones of the river Their occasional black lines represent both bridge and geological past Of the clay pieces the walnut ash glaze gives a golden colour the copper a blue to mimic the water But there isn t much blue Ryley says of the rivers There are more and more piles of stones and less and less water Her concern is that a natural and beautiful ecosystem is being degraded by careless use Nesting birds are deprived of suitable nesting sites Charismatic braids lost These are risks posed by greater abstraction of water As part of the Save Our Water project the 12 artists toured the Waimakariri River and the site of the proposed reservoir I asked Ryley what new insights she garnered from this experience The first was the sense of how fleeting anything you do to the rocks was They could become your canvas but before too long the river would wash the canvas away But also the magnitude of what people were trying to do to make use of the water which they see as being wasted going out to sea without any regard for the natural order of things And to look at the area that they wish to dam to have only the hilltops which would be islands in the middle of the dam and a great dam the overshadowed the township of Coalgate It s just horrifying that

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