49 days ago

Canterbury regional council rates could jump more than 24 per cent

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The average Christchurch ratepayer could be an extra $250 a year out of pocket if steep regional council rate hikes thought to be one among the highest in the country are brought in.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing increasing rates by either 24.5 per cent or 18 per cent, to cover the fallout of the Government’s new freshwater regulations.

This would be on top of district council rate rises, such as Christchurch City Council’s proposed five per cent increase, leaving many concerned about the combined toll of the cost to ratepayers. Read more here.

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13 minutes ago

We Say/You Say: Water committee

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Northern Outlook

Hi Canterbury,

Have you got what it takes to join your local water committee?

Environment Canterbury have put out a call for Cantabrians to join their local water zone committees, with 9 out of 10 bodies requiring new members.

The committees' responsibility is to develop various plans of action that aim to deliver on Environment Canterbury's water conservation goals as published in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

Targets include improvements to the local ecosystem, efficient water usage and adherence to the principles of Kaitiakitanga - a Māori worldview on environment management.

Lower Waitaki Water Zone Committee Chair Bruce Murphy was selected to his local committee a few years ago and is pleased with the work that has been done to improve the health of his local waterway.

"I joined the committee to continue improving the health of Waikakahi Stream, which 25 years ago was in a bad state. Thanks to buy-in from the community, it is now a healthy fishery and I want to keep it that way," he said.

Applications close May 10.

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6 hours ago

Do You Know A Psychotherapist?

Auckland University of Technology

How has being close to someone who has trained and practises psychotherapy affected you?

Very little research has been conducted into the experiences of people close to psychotherapists and I believe this is an important area of inquiry.

I would like to meet and interview people about their experiences with the intention of understanding how being close to a person who has trained and practises psychotherapy impacts the lives of significant others.

I am looking for people who meet the following criteria:
• Partners, children, parents, or siblings of someone practising psychotherapy
• Have lived with the person practising psychotherapy for a period of more than five years during and/or after their training.
• Are over the age of 18 years

Confidentiality all information shared will be treated with absolute confidentiality. All efforts will be made to ensure participants remain unidentifiable in the final report and your privacy respected at all times.

If you agree to participate, then I would interview you for approximately one hour and no more than ninety minutes.

A small koha will be offered in appreciation of participation.

If you think you would like to participate or have any further questions, please contact Jane Tuson tusonj@icloud.com or 021 716622. I can send a full participation information sheet to you.

Ngā mihi kia koutou katoa
Jane Tuson

(Jane Tuson is a practising psychotherapist and doctoral student at Auckland University of Technology). Approved by AUT Ethics Committee (AUTEC) 2 November 2020 / application 20/322.

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1 day ago

Is that a teahouse on Stewart Island?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Why yes it is, and it's also a man cave, a shed, and a builder/engineer's retirement project. Little wonder Allan Jones' quirky build is a runner-up in the 2021 Resene Shed of the Year competition run by NZ Gardener.

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