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The Star: March 23, 2017

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14 Thursday March 23 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star Viewpoint ‘Protect our water’ Readers respond to news the Santa Parade may be forced to finish up after it had its city council funding cut last year. The parade failed to get any guarantee it would be funded this year, so a public campaign to save it has been launched at www. givealittle.co.nz/org/ santaparadechristch urch000 AT-RISK: The annual Santa Parade is now in jeopardy because of funding problems. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS Michael J Brathwaite – The Santa Parade is as worthy as any of the other public events the council sponsors. I’m certain that the 83 per cent of us who are motorists would rather see around $100,000 spent on that than see untold millions wasted on cycle lanes used by fewer than 15 per cent of us. Whereas the Santa Parade brings pleasure to a large percentage of our residents, cycle lanes make driving a nightmare with the restrictions on parking and turning into side streets, along with the extra traffic lights. Jo Hayes-Smith – What is wrong with the city council. We have been ratepayers for 33 years and we are appalled they are not totally funding the parade. $200,000 is a drop in the bucket. How mean-spirited they are. John Thompson – The city council sponsored the New Zealand Women’s Open golf to the tune of $450,000. There is no golf anymore so they could use some of that for the Santa Parade. Nideen Kidd – Oh my goodness what sad, sad news to hear! Maybe if they just stuck with the theme of Santa floats and not just a truck with people holding up a sign saying where they are from, banging on drums and blowing whistles. They are losing sight of entertaining the kids. Last year’s one looked like they had a float from every country! To me, that’s not a Santa parade. I could see my child and many others getting very bored and asking: Is this for Christmas? Would be very sad to lose this icon. AS WE close in on election day, it is becoming clear that Bill English and National have a strategy to hit the pause and delay button on the hard issues. In the last few days, we’ve seen them kick the can of water bottling down the road to the never-never of the post-election paradise. This is neither good enough nor acceptable. Water is an incredibly valuable public resource and it is being used for commercial profit. I believe that the public have a right to get a return for New Zealand on this. Most people would say that if you’re coming here, taking this water, putting it in a bottle, charging a premium, and sending it overseas, then fairness dictates that you should contribute something back. I also believe that voters deserve to know where their politicians stand on this issue before the election. Nick Smith has been contorting all over the place on this issue and has tried to justify National’s failure to confront the issue by arguing that bottled water is a tiny fraction of the trillions of litres of fresh water in New Zealand. This is both irrelevant and misleading. In the numbers he is employing, he includes all the water in floods and all the river water that is not even clean enough to swim in, let alone drink. In Christchurch and Canterbury, we have an incredibly precious, scarce and valuable resource in our pristine mineral water that is clean enough to drink without treatment. From Ashburton, to Belfast to Kaiapoi, we have seen communities horrified at the prospect of giving away millions of litres of this precious resource for as little as the occasional $100 administration fee to the local council. Nick Smith has dismissed these concerns as trivial. This is not good enough. We need a Government which will stand up for us and protect our water. 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