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2008-09-26 15:00:24

By GORMAN, Paul Polluting farmers should be jailed, says Environment Minister Trevor Mallard. He told the Water and Wastes Association conference in Christchurch this week that he supported tougher sentences and even jail for serious water polluters. Exporters who continued to pollute or mismanage water and broke the rules were undermining their own products and the "valuable New Zealand brand". "Regional councils in particular need to be a lot tougher as far as the standards are...

2008-09-18 18:00:45

By GORMAN, Paul The first steps have been taken towards introducing a fuel tax or road tolls to fill a $145 million funding gap for major Canterbury transport schemes. Canterbury's revamped Regional Transport Committee met for the first time yesterday and wasted no time in making its first significant recommendation - to investigate options to raise the $145m. Environment Canterbury (ECan) staff and transport experts will consider how best to close the gap and report to December's...

2008-09-16 15:00:21

By BRISTOW, Robyn A small hydro scheme on the Rakaia River would boost Canterbury's ability to meet growing power demand in the farming industry, says an Auckland-based economist. John Small, who has 14 years experience in the electricity industry, gave evidence yesterday to a panel of four commissioners on a proposal by the Ashburton Community Water Trust (ACWT). Small said the ecological impact of hydro-electricity needed to be considered along with the benefits of reduced...

2008-08-26 15:00:46

By GORMAN, Paul PUBLIC BRIEFINGS * Tomorrow, 5.30pm-7pm, Rolleston Community Centre. * September 1, 2.30pm-4pm, Our City, corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace. * September 1, 6pm-7.30pm, Riverside Church Hall, Kaiapoi. * September 2, 6pm-7.30pm, Woodend Community Hall. * September 3, 6pm-7.30pm, Commodore Hotel, Christchurch. ------- ------------- . Plans to include another 22,000 households in an expanded Christchurch by 2041 look destined for the...

2008-08-25 15:00:36

WATER BATTLE SITES Central Plains Water scheme: involves taking water from the Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers and storing it in a reservoir in the dammed Waianiwaniwa Valley. The water will be used to irrigate 60,000ha bounded by the rivers, SH1 and the Malvern foothills. Red Zones: Environment Canterbury has labelled many blocks of land as red zones areas that have no more groundwater allocation to spare for irrigation. But farmers keep fighting for more water through legal challenges....

2008-08-24 15:00:21

By GORMAN, Paul When a fight over water breaks out, the battleground is usually the Resource Management Act. But can the act contain this rush for liquid gold? PAUL GORMAN reports. . CONSULTATION * The public of Canterbury will soon be able to have their say on the next phase of the Canterbury Strategic Water Study, the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. * The programme began in 2000 as a response to the severe 1998 drought and is now part of the work of the Canterbury...

2008-08-10 15:00:21

By BRISTOW, Robyn A proposed multimillion-dollar irrigation scheme in North Canterbury has been delayed. The scheme is based on Lake Sumner and the south branch of the Hurunui River. Newly-appointed Hurunui community water development project manager Amanda Loeffen said there were "significant inconsistencies" in hydrology data collected on the Hurunui River. These meant the project, which is proposed to irrigate 40,000ha of farmland in the Hurunui and upper Waipara catchments,...

2008-06-19 03:00:16

By GORMAN, Paul Environment Canterbury will not reveal the cost of its Environment Court appeal on Banks Peninsula landscape protection. ECan has also decided not to appeal against the judgment to the High Court on points of law. In December last year, the regional council decided, behind closed doors, to appeal to the Environment Court an already protracted land-use case on rules surrounding Banks Peninsula land development. This month the court ruled that landowners were able to...