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.
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
Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister
Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment
Minister for the Environment
Kate Wilkinson, Minister of Conservation
Minster of Conservation
Your local MP
firstname.lastname @ parliament.govt.nz
Member of Parliament