Policy Local debate

For help making sense of local election choices, e.g. for ECan, there is: policylocal.thespinoff.co.nz/elections#Canterbury-Regional-Council You can make a pure policy comparison – over what each candidate would do – stripping out names and faces for a clear decision on what issue responses you most support. Voting papers are mailed out from 20 Sept, return date…

World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day celebrates the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourage the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September, this year it’s on the 22nd. So, what are you doing for World Rivers Day 2019? Community Voice…

Estuary fine focus

There is much to celebrate in, on and around the Christchurch Estuary – as shining symbol of the city’s proud East. So many planning issues pertain, especially will the north shore (Southshore-South Brighton) receive the same level of investment and protections as the south (Ferrymead to Sumner)? The rating bases, reflecting the kinds of land…

Port town concerns

For Akaroa and Whakaraupō/Lyttelton, the issues are different – but with much overlap. (Pun intended: climate change and sea-level rise impose accelerating adaptation.) Peak demand from tourist cruise ships oscillates with off-season lulls, challenging local business sustainability. There are waste peaks to manage too, affecting council rates. Akaroa remains a remarkable tourism gem, set in…

OurWaterOurCity.org

2019, the Our Water Our City campaign of 2010 merges into CommunityVoice.NZ – that seeks election to represent Owhanga, South Christchurch at Environment Canterbury. A long history of public concern and protest surrounds our emergence in 2007 as Save Our Water. Aquifer tainting and depletion are dangers we campaigned on then and were successful with,…

Zero-waste campaign

Too much stuff goes to landfill with no recycling option. In many cases the answer is not to make or buy it in the first place. All Earth resources are under pressure, oceans have plastic rubbish accumulating, landfills take precious space and are a hazard to surface and ground water and coast – as at…

SAVE OUR WATER!

Maintaining high water quality and quantity is Canterbury region top priority. News is bad: New tests show nitrate levels still rising in water “Nitrate concentrations in Selwyn’s water sources continue to rise.. The district council’s chemical testing results show nitrate levels have increased in more than half of the tested water schemes over the last…

Climate Action Now!

“To survive rising temperatures, every system, whether of the natural world or of the human world, will need to be as strong and healthy as we can make it… hope for today.” [1] Community Voice campaigns for councils to encourage and support innovation, in the technical space assisting growers on the land, to honour the…

Ōwhanga pest free vision

A pest and predator free Horomaka/Banks Peninsula by the year 2050? …That is the bold goal, the vision of active community groups and agency partners of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust (BPCT): private land owners, Summit Road Society ‘Predator Free Port Hills’, Christchurch City Council, Department of Conservation, etc. Community Voice campaigns through 2019 for…

The price of preparedness

Spreydon-Cashmere community board? = Spreydon-Cashmere presbyterian fraud. A breakthrough in learning for Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand, at its south: The reason there is so little community disaster preparedness (as evidenced east of the city, before and since destructive 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence) is the same reason communities cannot build disaster preparedness for themselves – corrupted…

Transport action now!

Better public passenger transport frequency and reliability lift service quality for custom and revenue, to feed further improvement. 2019 is prime time to speak up for these again, so where should priority be placed? For fresh ideas and good debate, see facebook.com/ChristchurchTransport and watch this space. Also christchurchtransportcommunityservices.wordpress.com Two years back when seeking election, Labour…

More NZ democracy needed

“The quality of mercy is not strained”, though the quality of New Zealand democracy is. (William Shakespeare) Uproar has beset Australian democracy this year, over questions of nationhood. Who is it that decides for the nation? Australia is unequivocal – only Australians can. New Zealand descendants are among the nationals recently evicted from Australia’s parliament….