On a grey and chilly spring day, Canterbury artist and writer Sam Mahon, sculptor Alison Erickson and friends erected a beautiful sculpture “Vigil” of Catherine Sintenie outside Environment Canterbury Regional Council’s (ECan’s) lavish new offices in central Christchurch.
It’s great to see the people of Canterbury fighting back in their thousands, and to see Green MPs Russel Norman and Kennedy Graham supporting them, to return to democratic regional governance.
It is great to see the people of Canterbury starting the fightback for regional democracy. If you live in Canterbury and care about democracy and water quality, put this in your diary: Our Water – Our Vote rally, Sunday 13 June, 3pm, Cathedral Square.
… constitutionally repugnant … contains elements of subterfuge … a constitutional affront … simply unacceptable … failed the legal requirement that the law should be general and forward-looking, not retrospective … denied all the equal protection of the law … either gratuitous or disingenuous … does nothing to promote respect for the law … a disproportionate response to the issues. Pretty strong words from a Professor of Law
A picture is worth a thousand words! If you are in or near Christchurch tomorrow Friday 30 April, come and join the protests against this abrogation of democracy: 5:30 pm @ ECan office 58 Kilmore St, moving to the Jenny Shipley gloat-fest lecture at the Copthorne Hotel, corner Durham and Kilmore Streets an hour or so later.
Agriculture Minister David Carter has over a fortnight before Parliament resumes to ponder his personal explanation of how, back in October last year, his recollection of then recent events involving the Hurunui River Water Conservation Order application was so faulty.
You wouldn’t want your footnote in history to be responsibility for the creation of the Ellesmere Desert, would you, prospective ECan Commissioners? So be mindful of the historical lessons of environmental mismanagement when you attempt to “balance” the economy with the environment.