Category Archives: Water & Climate Change

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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Protection from a rampaging Waimakariri

Environment Canterbury Chair Steve Lowndes discusses what the Waimakariri in flood would really look like, and whether our current protection measures are resilient enough.
In mid-November, heavy rain in the high country made for a rather spectacular scene as water raged through the Waimakariri braided river system. Environment Canterbury’s river flow webpages and social media channels...
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