New legislation weakens Water Conservation Orders and paves the way for dams on the Hurunui River

This week, with the passing of the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Bill, the National Government has fundamentally undermined Water Conservation Orders in Canterbury, reneged on their environmental credentials and taken an unprecedented step towards allowing developers free access to the Hurunui River.

Since 1991 the Resource Management Act, through Water Conservation Orders, has provided a robust mechanism for ensuring that our most important rivers have been protected.

Media Release

Whitewater NZ has issued a media release, New legislation weakens Water Conservation Orders and paves the way for dams on the Hurunui River

Please write to your MP now

We must take immediate action to attempt to reverse this hijacking of one of our most fundamental environmental protection processes.

Please use the attached form letter (choose from WCO_letter_to_MP.doc or WCO_letter_to_MP.rtf below), complete it and send it the Ministers below. If you have the ability to create a PDF file, email it, otherwise post it.

John Key, Prime Minister
j.key@ministers.govt.nz

John Key
Prime Minister
Freepost
Parliament
Wellington

Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister
b.english@ministers.govt.nz

Bill English
DeputyPrime Minister
Freepost
Parliament
Wellington

Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment
n.smith@ministers.govt.nz

Nick Smith
Minister for the Environment
Freepost
Parliament
Wellington

Kate Wilkinson, Minister of Conservation
k.wilkinson@ministers.govt.nz

Kate Wilkinson
Minster of Conservation
Freepost
Parliament
Wellington

Your local MP
firstname.lastname @ parliament.govt.nz

Name
Member of Parliament
Freepost
Parliament
Wellington