Water storage key issue

LETTER

Given that this region is most likely to have a drought and we know just how much that impacts the horticulture sector, we need to ensure we have reliable water sources.

A water storage project and irrigation scheme is an area that needs action to see the horticulture industry flourish. This will ensure it brings millions into the economy every year with high-value products, decent jobs and income.

The Makauri aquifer and freshwater plan needs the goalpost shifted as we face issues with water allocations, where we irrigate and how we prepare for future developments.

Let’s see central government funding for a feasibility study to investigate the benefits, and show how water storage and irrigation infrastructure projects can be a wise investment into the future.

Mary Liza Manuel

GDC candidate

Given that this region is most likely to have a drought and we know just how much that impacts the horticulture sector, we need to ensure we have reliable water sources.

A water storage project and irrigation scheme is an area that needs action to see the horticulture industry flourish. This will ensure it brings millions into the economy every year with high-value products, decent jobs and income.

The Makauri aquifer and freshwater plan needs the goalpost shifted as we face issues with water allocations, where we irrigate and how we prepare for future developments.

Let’s see central government funding for a feasibility study to investigate the benefits, and show how water storage and irrigation infrastructure projects can be a wise investment into the future.

Mary Liza Manuel

GDC candidate

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G R Webb - 3 days ago
Ms Manuel, you clearly haven't noticed that all of this is under way.

Mary Liza Manuel - 3 days ago
The sense of disconnection from people being interested in political-invested interests has been around for a long time. We live in a society that has technology evolving and fiscals that have taken so long to get the balance right on infrastructure to move with the times. We only need to look at homelessness, water and unemployment issues in this district and question whether the social and cultural obligations of local government here could add more substance into progression. You say it's already happening. Progress is a good start, but how far are we from long-term sustainability? Our thinking needs to be bigger than what we have already got going on - otherwise we are not looking to the future of developing the land and more job creation. We must be prepared for a post-settlement era where whanau, iwi and hapu will explore the option of how they utilise their land. Taking active steps is one thing but also looking at the Key Performance Indicators along the way is vital to assessing how effectively key objectives are tracking. The 10-year plan I see is crucial around infrastructure. What's important around prioritising and what do these candidates envision that to be? How do people feel about the process of participation and transparency? If we are to grow stronger in this area, we need to evaluate what (and how) we can do better to improve the way decision-making is conveyed.

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