Canterbury & South Island news:
CPW: Groundwater to boost cheaper irrigation plan. Should Lake Coleridge or the Lees Valley be used for large-scale storage as identified in the recently released draft Canterbury water management strategy, that would "change the game completely" however. (21 September, Stuff/The Press).
ECan under fire over $1m water study. Farm companies wanting to irrigate the Mackenzie Basin have accused Environment Canterbury (ECan) of costing them over $1 million. (22 September, Stuff/The Press).
Mayors' letter to Minister out of left field. (23 September, ECan).
Also: Mayors want Minister to intervene at Regional Council. (23 September, Radio NZ).
Also: Alec Neill replaces Burke. (24 September, Stuff/The Press).
ECan new chair, deputy chair unchanged. (24 September, ECan).
Foreign pupils wanted from age nine. Schools desperate for more cash. But "Going into homestays is a very, very tenuous kind of situation for children of that age." (24 September, Stuff/The Press).
Australian beetle in Christchurch parks. The discovery raised fears the beetle could spread to the Canterbury Plains and devastate dairy pasture. (23 September, Stuff/The Press).
Packaging big culprit in landfill. Businesses use the most plastic packaging. (21 September, Stuff/The Press).
Temporary chlorine added to some areas of City's water. (24 September, CCC).
Bikes on buses extend to Northern Star routes. Also a list of bus routes that take bikes now. More to come in November. It's free to take your bike on the bus. (Source: www.metroinformation.org.nz).
Bird breeding time arrives on braided riverbeds. (18 September, ECan).
Bringing alive a 35 year vision. Exhibition opens explaining the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy. (23 September, CCC).
Lyttelton Signal Box closed. Structural concerns. (21 September, CCC).
Kaikoura: Paua poaching patrols along Kaikoura coastline will be increased this summer. (21 September, Stuff/ The Marlborough Express).
Timaru: Top Canterbury science fair project: young scientist's turf roof. (23 September, ECan).
Upper Waitaki hearing: 110 resource consent applications by 35 applicants. Hearing opened 21 September. Information is being updated daily on www.ecan.govt.nz/upperwaitakihearing. (21 September, ECan).
West Coast: Mast year creates rodent explosion. 1080 planned. (21 September, DOC).
Otago: Board strongly opposes conservation mining - "adamantly opposed" to any mining in national parks and other areas with high conservation values. (21 September, Otago Daily Times).
Dunedin: Investing in re-cycling pays off. Focus to shift from recycling initiatives to resource stewardship, with the aim of achieving zero waste in the city by 2015. (21 September, Otago Daily Times).
Otago: Community focus to new Taieri plan. A new approach to managing the upper Taieri River catchment has removed confrontation and conflict between the various interest groups. (21 September, Otago Daily Times).
Dunedin: Penguin Trust uses tourism angle to push for observers. Campaigning to ensure the continuation of observer programmes on commercial fishing vessels. (22 September, Otago Daily Times).
Otago: Pupils overseas-bound with research findings. (23 September, Otago Daily Times).
Blueskin Bay, Waitati: On the way to generating its own power. (23 September, Otago Daily Times).
Southland: Water loss would 'hurt river wildlife'. The historic "Save Manapouri" campaign of the 1970s overlooked the harm it would have on the Waiau River, an Environment Southland hearing was told yesterday. (22 September, Stuff/Southland Times).
Southland: Two controversial Nevis Valley tenure review proposals notified. (22 September, The Southland Times).
Southland: Pupils clock up protest over climate change concerns. (24 September, Otago Daily Times).
North Island & national:
Helen Clark optimistic over climate change agreement. Previously had dampened down expectations. Today she was far more positive. (23 September, NBR).
US may help finance agricultural emissions research. (23 September, NZ Herald).
Jeanette Fitzsimons: Govt needs to say who pays for emissions. The US Government is investing billions in Green New Deal technologies to tackle global warming. The NZ Government is investing hundreds of millions in subsidies to carbon intensive industries, Ms Fitzsimons said. (23 September, Scoop/Green Party).
Govt waving the plastic at Kyoto. Its announcement proposing changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) did not begin to spell this out - and that it is our children who would needlessly face the bill. Simon Terry. (23 September, NZ Herald).
ETS changes a major reversal. (14 September, ECO).
ETS: Maori Party laughing all the way to the bank. free insulation packages for houses in areas where low-income Maori live. But what does that ...tell you about New Zealand today if the National-Maori party initiative is not also made available to all other Kiwis at a similar income level, regardless of ethnicity or colour on a pro rata basis. Fran O'Sullivan. (19 September, NZ Herald).
Work limit put on insulation firms. (23 September, NZ Herald).
Call to halt smart-meter installations. Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says they are "dumb meters", wants a moratorium. (21 September, Dominion Post/The Press/Stuff).
Move over accountants - here come the scientists to save us. (24 September, NZ Herald).
Palm kernel briefing. "Why are Greenpeace targeting palm kernel expeller (PKE) when all you have to do is walk into a supermarket and look at the ingredients list on products - surely palm oil is worse?" (15 September, Greenpeace).
Does NZ's adventure tourism industry need more regulation? (24 September, NZ Herald).
Trade clothes: swapping website. (18 September, Stuff/The North Shore Times).
Manawatu: Council admits dumping 5.1 million litres of sewage into the Manawatu River. (22 September, Stuff/The Dominion Post).
Waikato: Tui sightings a dream come true. The fruits of kowhai plantings? (23 September, Stuff/Waikato Times).
Submissions wanted: The Northern Pegasus Bay Management Plan: Waimakariri & Hurunui District Councils are releasing draft bylaws to control the use of vehicles and horses and the use of land for camping on the foreshore, beaches and adjacent areas of Northern Pegasus Bay from north of the mouth of the Waimakariri river to the Rocks area of Amberley Beach. Hurunui proposals are open for submissions until October 30 and Waimakariri submissions open from September 26 to October 27.
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