Category Archives: ECAN

Outgoing Environment Canterbury chairman Steve Lowndes reflects on the challenges facing the new regional council.

The environment has emerged as the clear issue of our age, and Environment Canterbury has made its much-demanded return to democracy. Based on the provisional results, the new, 14-strong Council has a 50/50 gender balance and more young faces. A blend of previous councillors – four regional and one city – and new councillors who bring...
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Plenty of work still to do to address environmental and climate issues

The job of being a regional councillor is both rewarding and frustrating. When I confess to friends that I have enjoyed the past three years in this role, initially as an elected councillor and then as chair, they express amazement or they say “God, I don’t know how you stand it!”
One thing is abundantly clear,...
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Open letter to Christchurch residents about water

Much has been said in recent weeks on the activities of Cloud Ocean Limited, Environment Canterbury’s role in consenting water use, and protecting our water supply. I can assure you that Environment Canterbury is very aware of those responsibilities, and takes them very seriously.
An independent Commissioner, the Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury and Cloud...
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