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"Bottle Off!" - Stop the Belfast Bottling Plants
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"Bottle Off!" Stop The Belfast Bottling Plants
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Please click on a reward (to the right) to pledge. If you have any trouble pledging please let us know so we can fix the problem.
For deposits direct into our bank account use: Aotearoa Water Action Incorporated 38 9019 0530141 00
Cheques can be made out to Aotearoa Water Action Inc. & dropped at Linwood Law's offices at 15 Buckleys Rd Linwood, Christchurch.
Thanks for your generosity!
Email: [email protected]
Last year Environment Canterbury (aka ECan) issued consents to two water bottling companies that allow them to bottle over 24 million litres per day of precious Canterbury aquifer water from bores in Belfast, North Christchurch.
The consents are based on historical permits for the Silver Fern Farms works and the Kaputone Wool Scour. Those industries used only a tiny fraction of the consented water ‘take’ but the bottling companies will be using every last drop.
The aquifer is fully allocated and ECan doesn't understand the potential effects of the increased extraction on artesian pressures and water quality; on freshwater ecosystems; on neighbouring bores; or on the community water supply, because there have been no assessments. Despite this they've bent over backwards to find a process that will enable the bottling to go ahead without public consultation. We'll be challenging the legality of that process.
At the time of writing this nearly 90,000 people had signed Genevieve Robinson's petition calling for the consent to be revoked.
However, construction is going ahead and a new bore has been drilled.
We don't want NZ to stop at protest when we can use the law to protect our water. We have an opinion from a top Queen's Counsel that we have a strong case and we're ready to bring legal proceedings to overturn the Belfast bottling consents. But we need your help...
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Aotearoa Water Action Inc. (AWA) is a non-profit organisation. Our members are from all walks of life and undertake all legal, research and campaign work without reward. We have lawyers, scientists, our very own journalist and water activists who have walked Aotearoa to raise awareness of the plight of water. We're from all over New Zealand and we're committed to protecting our wai for future generations.
Peter at the water rally last March: https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/90438986/Petition-seeking-ban-on-NZ-water-exports-rejected-by-Environment-Minister-Nick-Smith
We estimate we will need at least $40,000 to cover court fees and costs.
However, if we win (and we believe we will), we may be able to recover costs. Any funds left over or any money received beyond the $40 000 target will be used to support other communities in need of legal assistance to protect their water resources. We have big plans!
Here's a look at what you can receive/win for your pledge:
Sam Mahon print www.sammahon.com/
Print is A5 size and will arrive minus the "Sam Mahon" text across the centre
Sounds Great Holiday Homes https://soundsgreat.co.nz/
Kinloch Lodge: http://www.kinlochlodge.co.nz/
We want to protect Christchurch's water and send a clear message to Councils and the water bottling industry that New Zealanders will no longer stand for the poor management and exploitation of our water.
Please PLEDGE if you're able!
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Thanks for your support - the team at AWA
AWA Incorporation Document and purpose statement here:http://www.societies.govt.nz/cms/customer-support/learn-about-our-online-services/banner_template/SOCAGENT
AWA public facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/aotearoawateraction/
AWA Bottle Off! Campaign page here: https://www.facebook.com/Bottle-Off-Stop-the-Belfast-Bottling-Plants-1463005627178074/
Rewards time :)
18/05/2018 at 1:55 PM
Thanks so much for helping us get to our target - ECan and the bottlers are now heading to Court!
The first small Hearing will likely be in a few weeks time. That will address an affirmative defence raised by Cloud Ocean Water - essentially they want to be certain the original consent that was transferred from Kaputone Wool Scour can't be used for bottling water. How we proceed - and whether we can address the processing of and use of subsequent consents granted by ECan - will depend on the outcome of that Hearing.
We'll keep you updated as things progress.
We also now have a list of the rewards you've requested and we'll start sending those out as soon as we can.
If you've requested to be in a draw please bear with us as we have to wait until all pledges have been received and there is still some time before that deadline passes and we get the final list. We'll send you an email once the draw is complete - whether or not you win (GOOD LUCK! )
Any queries please email us at [email protected]
And thanks again for giving so generously - this is such an important case and it would not be happening without your support.
You are amazing!
Niki and the Team at AWA
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Invitation to join us - send your message to ECan!
02/04/2018 at 12:43 AM
On April 7th - next Saturday - at 12pm Aotearoa Water Action is CHALKING a "Message to ECan" at Cathedral Square.
All the details (including cancellation information) are in the link below: https://www.facebook.com/events/2087110861507963/
We're asking everyone who cares about our water to join us - even for 10 minutes - to chalk a (G-rated) message or two to ECan: a picture, a poem, a demand, a hope, or simply a feeling...that's up to you. Get creative!
It'll be a fun, positive, family-friendly protest and we're hoping to see the kids there with chalk in hand asking for rivers they can swim in and clean drinking water.
We aim to show ECan just how strongly we feel about our water and its protection. And, of course, we need to raise awareness of our Pledgeme campaign (which is now at $17,572 thanks to you).
This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and to take action in a fun and constructive way. We'd love to see you there! Please share the link to the event page (above) with your Christchurch friends and encourage people to come along.
Thanks so much for continuing to support us.
from the team at AWA
Excellent Article by Stuff
16/03/2018 at 11:49 PM
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The story breaks
14/03/2018 at 9:48 PM
Newshub broke the story tonight - Aotearoa Water Action has filed for judicial review against Environment Canterbury in an effort to stop the bottling and protect Christchurch's water supply
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"Almost 700 ordinary NZers have donated. Let’s try and get the final $4000 to take ECan to court. All the best water protectors. "
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"Water is life, we must protect at all cost, in my life time I am disgusted with the degration of our water and oceans, it’s time to fight."
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"This is important to seriously look at how water is divided into fair use : simple. "