save our rivers public meetings

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Meeting One – Saturday 10 April from 4pm at the WEA, 59 Gloucester St

Saving Public Water

The Christchurch Water Forum, which includes elected Save Our Water
regional councillors, calls together a Saving Public Water workshop for
water campaigners. This is open for all on-topic ideas to be heard.

The meeting will be held in the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA
Canterbury) Main Hall, 59 Gloucester Street, on Saturday 10 April 2010,
from 4pm. You are invited.

Clean water is essential to all living things and public health.

In Canterbury, water quality is under threat from industrial farming.

The water resource is being privatised and degraded.

We need urgent action to protect the public interest in water.

If you care about clean water, wild rivers, and also to reduce
greenhouse gases, come to the meeting for Saving Public Water.

Facilitator – Rik Tindall ex Ecan Councillor
pp Ph. 03 332 1069 or 027 406 0077

Meeting Two – Wednesday 14 April 7.30 pm- 9.30 pm at Our City Otautahi
This meeting will be held upstairs at “Our City Otautahi”
cnr Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Tce, Christchurch

Chaired by media personality, Mike Yardley with:

Sue Kedgley, Green MP and Local Government spokesperson
Dr Ali Memon, Senior lecturer in natural resource governance, Lincoln University
Garry Jackson, Mayor of Hurunui District Council
Eugenie Sage, Sacked Environment Canterbury councillor
Chris Todd, South Island Conservation Manager, Forest and Bird
Dr Russel Norman, Green MP and Water spokesperson

All welcome.

Organised by the Green Party
For more information contact: David Moorhouse, ph 027 236 5415 / 03 355 7752

Meeting Three – Thursday 15 April at 7.30 – 9.30pm – Great Hall, Arts Centre

Where to with Canterbury’s Water Woes?
In one swoop Canterbury has been stripped of both it’s democratic water governance and National Water Conservation Orders. Even the rivers we fought so long for and thought were safe – the Rakaia, Rangitata and Ahuriri, are now much easier for water developers to get at. The Hurunui is at much greater risk of being dammed. We need good strategies and concerted action to turn this around.
We are asking each group to bring to the meeting 3 good ideas for action and to speak for a maximum of three minutes about each idea – it might be direct action, political lobbying, creative protest – whatever. If you are not a member of any group, please e.mail your ideas to
By the end of the evening we hope we can agree on the best ideas to develop and act on. We will be much stronger if we are singing from the same song sheet. Please send this message on to anyone you think would be interested.
Meeting organised by Sam Mahon and Chris Todd, South Island Conservation Manager Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of NZ DD 03 366 6317 M 021 418 502 F 03 365 0788.

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