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….

General elections 2017

Nominations are open, for CommunityVoice.nz candidates to stand in the 2017 general elections, via our Contact page. See our Candidates and Policy pages.

Local elections 2016

This was the Candidates page content, from Aug-Oct 2016 (Archive). CommunityVoice.nz Ōtautahi Christchurch – Silenced communities of Christchurch gain candidates to contest representative seats: Spreydon ward Community Board A mother, trained in law and an experienced civil servant, I live in Addington. A volunteer with Catholic Worker, I stand for social justice. Homelessness and poverty concern me. Street…

The Press interview 23.9.16

SWIMMABLE RIVERS Yes and no – you have this now, at your own risk. That will always be the case, given dense waterfowl on lower reaches and human impacts like urban stormwater, trace chemicals, pet faeces and trash debris, not to mention intensive farming. So we must spare no effort to clean up all rivers, to…

Christchurch water referendum

Media Release: CommunityVoice.NZ 15 September, 2016 Canterbury residents soon have their first say on regional governance for nine years. Limited elections to Environment Canterbury will put seven local councilors at the decision-making table from October 2016. These will be joined by up to six government appointees, some of them current commissioners, including two representing Ngai…

Ōtākaro/Avon River Park

The Avon Ōtākaro river Network (AvON) conducted a council candidate survey, late August 2016. The Community Voice answers to the AvON questions posed are: 1. Do you support a multipurpose city-to-sea River Park? Yes, it will become a spectacular, diverse and sustainable asset for all of Waitaha Canterbury and Aotearoa New Zealand. 2. Do you…

Keep housing affordable

Housing costs are getting out of hand. Strategies to keep housing affordable for everyone are needed. Initiative to bulk supply entry level housing is missing from all levels of government, who too cruelly see housing as investment rather than human right. Council housing tenants need management that engages with them and cares for their situation,…

Water quality priority

Water supply disaster at Havelock North spotlights the thin line of regulatory protection for what we value most in Canterbury quality of life too – a pure water environment. So how do we preserve clean waters and improve them where they are compromised? Community Voice campaigns for election to Environment Canterbury now and this is why…

ECan / CCC campaign starts

With all the challenges Environment Canterbury faces we have decided to help them out. With your help, of course – a voting public can achieve just about anything, on a good day! We also have a Christchurch City Council campaign running for the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board. Watch our Candidates page for more information coming soon.. And…

Communities find feet

Central Canterbury communities have had a rough ride – earthquake upon earthquake, EQC and insurance battles with huge family stress – all on top of undermined democracy. Suburb by suburb people have found each other, as the main support in difficult times. Neighbourhood organisations are flourishing which characterises ground-up recovery. How can we carry this community strengthening forward, for safer and better…

Clean water environs

Our quality of life depends on natural resources we must care for collaboratively. Biodiversity and future promise depends on all this. Industrial pressure on aquifer and river water has reached a point where they compete with urban values in Christchurch. What we draw freely from taps, of very high grade, is finite. Sewage overflows are…

Diversity on Council

Christchurch is rich in cultural diversity and this is an increasing trend. Migration, especially of rebuild workers, continues as it has for centuries – our mix of peoples is our strength. Tangata whenua came first and will always hold that place of respect. The city authorities need to reflect the great mix of wonderful people…