Canterbury Regional Council

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Canterbury Regional Council
Transport

Phil Clearwater

  • Investigate possibilities for rapid light rail linking with heavy rail for Greater Christchurch.
  • Support active travel, and investigate re-introducing free bus shuttles in the inner city, and free wifi on all buses.
  • Invest in infrastructure in partnership with central government, to improve bus routes, frequency and reliability, including park-and-ride.

James Macbeth Dann

  • Investigate other forms of mass transit for the Canterbury region, including light and heavy rail.
  • Acknowledge the critical role of public transport in reducing climate change emissions from private motor vehicles.
  • Reduce barriers to public transport usage.

Hamish Keown

  • Investigate new and alternative public transport methods, investing in viability studies.
  • Review the fare structure and lobby for free buses for all High School aged students.
  • Review the governance of the of the public transport system as a whole to ensure there is consistent and efficient decision making.

Lincoln Platt

Vicky Southworth

  • Collaborate closely with CCC to create a bus network that is quicker, comfortable to use and reliable to support car-free commuting.
  • Investigate options for low cost family bus fares on weekends and off-peak.
  • Support rapid transit solutions and freight rail opportunities where viable.

Rik Tindall

  • Recognise freight drives traffic infrastructure planning and steer it towards sustainability with optimised rail, seaport and efficient road use.
  • Provide high quality commuter alternatives, emphasis on active: walking and cycle routes, frequent and affordable public transport on renewables.
  • Collaborate with districts and agencies to get best outcomes from all transport nodes and modes: clean and safe use of waterway rail and road routes.
Freshwater

Phil Clearwater

  • Ensure ECan's rules encourage de-intensification and best regenerative agricultural practice to reduce Nitrates to < 1 mg/l water.
  • Require cleanup of our urban waterways through investment in stormwater filters, wetland plantings and supporting community led initiatives.
  • Advocate to central government for greater controls on large commercial extractive water takes.

James Macbeth Dann

  • Protect drinking water for all people in Canterbury, ensuring it is safe for future generations.
  • Reduce the number of dairy cattle in Canterbury.
  • Encourage farming practices that reduce the amount of nitrate leaching into waterways.

Hamish Keown

  • Aim for rivers that we can swim, kayak and enjoy without getting sick, but can also sustain life.
  • Expand plantings throughout the region to support the ecological protection for our waterways, and support erosion and sediment control.
  • Work better with CCC and other partners on urban waterways, ensuring they meet the rules outlined in the regional planning documents.

Lincoln Platt

Vicky Southworth

  • Review high nitrate loss areas and establish limits compatible with high groundwater quality and ecosystems.
  • Ensure effective water abstraction monitoring, enforce consent compliance and penalise non-compliance.
  • Work with CCC to support change needed to enhance urban waterways to increase mahinga kai and recreational opportunities.

Rik Tindall

  • Reverse nitrate trend, working with farmers for cleanest possible techniques like not over-stocking with excess water and fertiliser to runoff.
  • Balance sustainable land use with river life, combining all interests in both areas through active collaboration, targets, projects, sharing.
  • Match land use to the natural dryness of plains, integrate water demand with available resource, rationing irrigation for its optimal effect.
Climate change and resilience

Phil Clearwater

  • Work with communities and business to reduce carbon emissions to address climate change emergency.
  • Ensure our communities are informed, resilient and adaptive when facing impacts of climate change.
  • Ensure our public transport bus contracts change to zero carbon emissions by 2025.

James Macbeth Dann

  • Increase usage of public transport and active transport to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Reduce emissions from agriculture by advocating a move to less intensive farming practices.
  • Change planning regulations to encourage greater housing density and reduce urban sprawl across the Canterbury Plains.

Hamish Keown

  • Resource and equip ECan to make significant investments in the active mitigation of, and adaptation to, the impacts of climate change.
  • Continue to develop regional planning tools that support hazard identification and allow us to measure our response to climate change.
  • Direct the development of local climate change plans, lead and developed by locals to meet the unique needs, aspirations and environment.

Lincoln Platt

Vicky Southworth

  • Advocate for ECan to have a statutory role for climate change mitigation, not just adaptation to climate change effects.
  • Capture greenhouse gas emissions by promoting native planting on marginal and riparian land using carbon credits to fund and maintain.
  • Improve resilience of coastlines and rivers to erosion by supporting healthy wetlands, riparian margins, estuaries and dunes.

Rik Tindall

  • Prepare coastal retreat, viable stop banks, safe building with community emergency response and evacuation plans as natural hazards increase.
  • Work with farmers and industry to innovate more carbon capture from land use in food and energy production, reducing emissions of CO2 CH4 and NO2.
  • Help all communities mitigate and adapt to climate change vs the risks. Chart a course to sustainable agriculture, work life and low carbon travel.
Governance and engagement

Phil Clearwater

  • Ensure ECan reflects an inclusive organisation that responds to the diversity of the communities it serves.
  • Develop community engagement programmes that support residents to participate in council decision-making.
  • Ensure ECan acknowledges Ngai Tahu as mana whenua and Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the foundation document of NZ.

James Macbeth Dann

  • Acknowledge Ngāi Tahu as mana whenua and that Te Tiriti o Waitangi is the founding document of NZ.
  • Continue to advocate for a fully democratic ECan in which all votes are equal.
  • Ensure that ECan presents complex information to its public in a format that is accessible and understandable.

Hamish Keown

  • Create clearer and more accessible ways for young people to get their voices heard.
  • Prioritize engagement across minority communities on all issues.
  • Broaden Zone committees to look at the environment holistically and make sure this isn't the only place the community is engaged.

Lincoln Platt

Vicky Southworth

  • Connect with other regional councils to establish support for a regional role in climate change mitigation.
  • Investigate overlapping areas of interest with CCC and identify opportunities to collaborate more effectively.
  • Improve environmental education opportunities in schools and through environmental projects with public access.

Rik Tindall

  • Encourage tangata whenua and diversity representation—a Māori seat for the region and councils where referenda endorse it based on full debate.
  • Support all staff with living wage minimum, good conditions, health and safety—seeking national policy statement guidelines on tricky issues.
  • Communicate well: top priority—reaching all by every media and in person frequently: be available to hear every concern and represent it well.
Economic development

Phil Clearwater

  • Support identifying alternative sources of local government funding, including advocating for removal of GST tax on rates.
  • Promote economic activities building on Canterbury's strengths in education, engineering and as regional 'Gateway to the Antarctic'.
  • Implement the living wage for all council employees, realising the economic and social benefits of decent pay for decent work.

James Macbeth Dann

  • Restore our waterways, encouraging more sustainable tourism practices in the region.
  • Encourage the diversification of farming practices in the region, broadening the agricultural base.
  • Promote a freight strategy that sees more movements being made by rail.

Hamish Keown

  • Continue to convene the Regional Transport Committee and support the Greater Christchurch Partnership.

Vicky Southworth

  • Support deintensification by investigating opportunities for high-value 'clean green' products—see Ireland's Origin Green.
  • Support Canterbury's tourism and farming reputation by improving environmental outcomes across the region.
  • Improve public transport and rail freight options to reduce delays caused by congestion.

Rik Tindall

  • Facilitate constructive conversations and plans for sustainable land use developments of economic benefit to all communities: new employment.
  • Support innovation and crop diversity for new contracts around carbon capture industry, natural fertilizers and low water demand: food and energy.
  • Ensure regulatory roles are soundly carried out, capping pollutants and waste while enabling new and productive, sustainable channels to proceed.
Rates and revenue

Phil Clearwater

  • Commit Ecan to prudent long-term focused financial management, protecting the interests of ratepayers.
  • Require wise and prudent spending while avoiding waste and extravagance.
  • Advocate for change to the current public transport funding model.

James Macbeth Dann

  • Maintain ownership of key council assets.
  • Shift costs of environmental clean ups from the ratepayer to the polluter.
  • Acknowledge the cost of doing nothing about climate change now will be burdened on future generations.

Lincoln Platt

Vicky Southworth

  • Ensure policies and actions align with community priorities to improve support for ECan's spending.
  • Review options for water charges to raise income for environmental projects and support land use change.
  • Seek government support and carbon emissions trading options to fund transport and land use change.

Rik Tindall

  • Minimise rate rises by focus on core business, recovering costs from demand for services—biggest users should be persuaded to pay the most.
  • Take good care of council public assets to maximise their return for offsetting rate and fee increases, with same careful management of debt.
  • Think laterally and consult widely so setting new fees and charges is the least necessary, bringing the whole community with the organisation.
Environment and biodiversity

Phil Clearwater

  • Support sustainable and regenerative farming practices but take firmer and more rapid enforcement action on non-compliance.
  • Work with other councils and DoC to protect our iconic braided rivers and their margins from development.
  • Strengthen ECan's biosecurity and educational programmes to enhance citizens' understanding of healthy ecosystems.

James Macbeth Dann

  • Restore native bush and forest in key areas, especially those damaged in the Port Hills fires.
  • Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by reducing the amount of waste created in the first place.
  • Advocate for the protection for the endangered species in our region that get less attention, inc. freshwater fish and braided river birds.

Hamish Keown

  • Increase the levels of response to the Pollution Hotline, particularly in Christchurch.
  • Support the development and trapping leading to a predator free Banks Peninsula.
  • Describe better the compliance and monitoring process to the community to increase understanding.

Vicky Southworth

  • Encourage expansion of native planting areas in urban and rural areas to improve habitat connectivity and resilience.
  • Continue to support pest control measures.
  • Ensure regulation and funding is sufficient to protect and enhance our iconic braided rivers and their unique species and habitats.

Rik Tindall

  • Encourage biodiversity in a production framework with solid work focus on pest browsers, foragers, predators and weeds—resourcing volunteers.
  • Watch closely science reporting from staff, for compliance breaches, excess waste, bottlenecks, spills, dumps etc; counteract with education.
  • Maintain port spill response team and equipment backed with clear requirements for safe and clean waterway operations that respect local ecology.

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