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Water Rights

Tradeable water rights and minimum waterway (river) flows

Ken Sims - Co-Chairman CORANZ

21 July 2007

Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand (CORANZ)


Hi all,

The National Party has requested opinion on their agricultural policy.

Two key areas being canvassed are tradeable water rights and minimum waterway (river) flows.

As many individuals as possible should submit their views.

Here are some suggested guidelines (but put into your own words please).

Tradeable Water rights
The biggest flaw is the tradeable aspect - where water rights can be sold and bought. Inevitably the biggest and richest accumulate/aggregate rights so the resource ends up in the  hands/pockets of a few big business interests. Water is a public resource, not a private property right.

Minimum waterway flows
Minimum flows should be established to ensure environmental, ecological, and recreational values are safeguarded.

Send to david.carter@national.org.nz

PLEASE spend a few minutes. Numbers are important to politicians. Why not do it now?

P.S. Send this on to your fishing friends. If we all do it, it will compound numbers incredibly.

Ken Sims
E-Mail: kiwiken@bigfoot.com
Research Officer: NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (Inc.)
Co-Chairman: Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand (CORANZ)


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