Environment Canterbury

Christchurch Central/Ōhoko Constituency
Environment Canterbury is the regional council for Canterbury. It makes decisions about managing resources in the region, such as air, water, soil and the coastline. It also carries out plant and pest control, helps prepare for natural disasters, and is involved in regional transport. The council is made up of up to 16 councillors. 14 councillors are elected to represent constituencies (areas in the region), including two councillors from the Christchurch Central/Ōhoko constituency. Up to two councillors can be appointed by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Environment Canterbury election.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

  • Commit to a calender of key dates for the managed retreat from vulnerable coastal areas.

    Support the establishment of a public owned transport agency for greater Christchurch.

    Work to reduce the 1.2 million dairy herd in Canterbury.

  • Fully understand and support work being done on coastal erosion.

    Understand what Environment Canterbury's risks and mitigation processes are facing their largest asset, flood protection.

    Define the priority given by Environment Canterbury's existing board to climate change and resilience and their reasons.

  • Paying more tax will not reverse climate change. Increasing rates will not reverse climate change. ECAN has failed.

    ECAN needs to concentrate on performing its Core functions of protecting our land and rivers from overuse and pollution. ECAN has failed.

    The public transport system is a disaster. Fixing this is a priority. Public transport needs to be more efficiently managed and economically viable.

  • Commit to reducing greenhouse emissions.

    Commit to protecting fresh water for security over abundance.

    Prepare communities for the imminent effects of climate change especially sea inundation.

  • Ensure the regional council works proactively to future proof our region for climate change.

    Investigate alternative farming practices that are better suited to Canterbury's environment.

    Connect community groups into emergency planning, giving them access to resources and building infrastructure that is adaptive.

  • Commit to a calender of key dates for the managed retreat from vulnerable coastal areas.

    Support the establishment of a public owned transport agency for greater Christchurch.

    Work to reduce the 1.2 million dairy herd in Canterbury.

  • Fully understand and support work being done on coastal erosion.

    Understand what Environment Canterbury's risks and mitigation processes are facing their largest asset, flood protection.

    Define the priority given by Environment Canterbury's existing board to climate change and resilience and their reasons.

  • Paying more tax will not reverse climate change. Increasing rates will not reverse climate change. ECAN has failed.

    ECAN needs to concentrate on performing its Core functions of protecting our land and rivers from overuse and pollution. ECAN has failed.

    The public transport system is a disaster. Fixing this is a priority. Public transport needs to be more efficiently managed and economically viable.

  • Commit to reducing greenhouse emissions.

    Commit to protecting fresh water for security over abundance.

    Prepare communities for the imminent effects of climate change especially sea inundation.

  • Ensure the regional council works proactively to future proof our region for climate change.

    Investigate alternative farming practices that are better suited to Canterbury's environment.

    Connect community groups into emergency planning, giving them access to resources and building infrastructure that is adaptive.