25, Aug, 2015

Media advisory: Water issues get flushed out this weekend

Category: ECO Inc

Over 100 people from around New Zealand will be meeting in Christchurch this weekend to discuss ways of protecting freshwater.  The conference Dialogues on Freshwater - Navigating impasses & new approaches has been organised by Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO).

The conference follows recent admissions by the Environment Canterbury that it is not on track to protect safe drinking water for Cantabrians because of agricultural intensification.

The University of Canterbury Law School and Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO) will be hosting Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie, co-chair of the New Zealand Maori Council, retired High Court Judge, former Chief Judge of the Maori Land Court and former Chair of the Waitangi Tribunal for a public talk on Friday night 28 August 2015. 

The venue details are:

University of Canterbury 

Business & Law Building

5.30pm Friday 28 August 2015


Sir Edward will speak to a proposal for freshwater governance that could reconcile Māori and wider public interests, through working with an approach of responsibility and public good. Jacinta Ruru, will comment from her highly regarded academic expertise of Maori interests in water.

On Saturday, conference attendees will listen to a range of speakers including:

  • Prof David Hamilton University of Waikato

  • Linda Te Aho Waikato River Authority and University of Waikato

  • Dr Mike Joy, Massey University

  • Alison Dewes, agroecologist and vetenarian

  • Dr Alastair Humphries, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health

“It’s fitting that people have chosen Canterbury for a national gathering on water issues where the Government’s appointed commissioners admit they are not able to maintain Cantabrians’ traditional access to safe drinking water,” said ECO spokesperson Diana Shand.

“Those attending the conference include a range of delegates representing organisations from all over New Zealand, distinguished speakers, tangata whenua and many others from the community, Members of Parliament, former members of Environment Canterbury, experts, students and water based recreationists.”