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 a Canterbury region top priority. Election to Environment Canterbury in 2007, of conservationists including two Save Our Water candidates, met a change of central government the following year and suspension of regional democracy in 2010. This was to remove the balance we had provided to irrigation interests, which…

Climate Action Now!

Community Voice campaigns for councils to encourage and support innovation, in the technical space assisting growers on the land, to honour the demands of climate emergency. Reduction of fossil fuel and nitrogen fertiliser use, balanced by increased capture of atmospheric carbon and energy from the sun, is the only sustainable path we have for staving…

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): Summit Road Society ‘Predator Free Port Hills’, Christchurch City Council, Department of Conservation, etc. etc. Community Voice campaigns through 2019 for increased understanding…

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…

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…