Canterbury water conflict exemptions taken to court

Posted 09/07/2019


Source: Newsroom 



A conservation lobby group is challenging an exemption to conflict of interest rules in Canterbury.

It started with the best of intentions.

In the shadow of the Government’s sacking of regional councillors in 2010, a regime of water zone committees, overseen by a regional body, was established by the Canterbury Mayoral Forum.

Each zone committee – made up of community, iwi, and council interests, and overseen jointly by Environment Canterbury (ECan) and territorial councils – was tasked with solving that catchment’s vexed water interests which for years have pitted environmentally minded people against farming interests; those concerned about declining water quality against those pushing for more irrigation development.


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