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High country farming is a battleground – Keith Woodford

Mackenzie Country below Lake Pukaki with ongoing irrigation development.

…….If one asks the various parties as to who is winning, then all would say it is someone else. No one is satisfied with current outcomes, at least in their public statements, because everyone wants more.   However, there is little doubt that the pendulum has swung, such that whereas some high country farmers were previously getting wins in regard to irrigation and subdivision for lifestyle blocks, most are now on the back foot.  The rules of the game have indeed changed.

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Call to revitalise Mackenzie vision – Otago Daily Times

Poor planning provisions and ‘‘a lack of thinking through what other agencies are trying to achieve’’ has led to ‘‘a perfect storm’’ and ecological loss in the Mackenzie Basin, Forest & Bird says.

‘‘We are really, really pleased that the agencies understand that they have been culpable in enabling the loss that we’ve seen down there,’’ Ms Miller said. ‘‘They understand that. And it’s been a question of them simply not working together.

Jen Miller

Jen Miller

‘‘Let’s face it, we’re getting to the point where we’re at a serious tipping point….’’

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Eight years on and Canterbury’s environment still has no democracy – Sam Mahon

The last meeting of a fully-elected Environment Canterbury in 2010. The casket symbolised the death of democracy.

Photo:  IAIN MCGREGOR/STUFF

The last meeting of a fully-elected Environment Canterbury in 2010. The casket symbolised the death of democracy.

Sacking democratically elected Environment Canterbury Councillors  was a move that outraged the Law Society Rule of Law Committee which denounced the ECan Act as repugnant to the Rule of Law. Almost everyone was appalled.  Eight years on………

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