Latest Waimakariri river Stories

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,...

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