Monday, May 11, 2009

Mist clouding the future of the Clutha

Following on from last week's post about a series of dams on the Clutha, it's obvious there are attempts to fog the real intention as locally we've been asked to indicate for or against.

Autumn fog and river mist on the Clutha in the early early dawn near Albert Town...
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...because in the last week I've learnt that a guy who rents a cottage and land from one of the big energy companies such as Contact Energy or Electrocorp beside the river down Luggate way has been told he will not be able to renew his lease or renting deal!

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So it seems there is real intent for one dam at least! And it's interesting, alarming and ominous that this information is being withheld.

Typical Clutha river bank between Lake Wanaka and Luggate...
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If you've missed last week's links and post there are a number of links to check out re aspects of the river and walkways/park that are planned.

Meanwhile I've had a pretty busy but worthwhile and fun weekend [bit late with this my Sunday post 'tho] because I was involved helping run an Outdoor First Aid Course with the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council

A scenario down by the Wanaka Yacht Club building...
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As one of the students remarked it was a good weekend for it, what with the early onset of winter weather prevailing. I see from my New Zealand landscape photography files that a few of us started Nordic skiing [touring] at the end of May last year, so it looks like climate change for us means earlier and earlier snow falls!

Mt Aspiring from the Snow Farm...
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This week's link to a good blog with a winter theme: Bob McKerrow and others aiming to be the first to reach the North Pole without outside help back in '86.

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Blogger Ruahines said...

Kia ora Donald,
I have learned to have little faith in power company spin doctors and the media of this country is unfortunately not up to the task of getting the real stories out there. Kia kaha to all those fighting for the Clutha down there, and I will try my best to keep it on the table up here. I wonder if a petition on the Care 2 web site, creating a bit of attention world wide might help?
Cheers,
Robb

May 12, 2009 at 3:11 PM  
Anonymous marg said...

After being in christchurch for nearly 2 weeks - marooned in a motel - I can appreciate how easy it is for policy makers to become divorced from the realities of their decision making. So thanks for putting this issue into another public arena. by doing this you see - you engage the thoughts and actions of someone like me who otherwise would likely not know. i have one last work trip scheduled out of town before the end of term and that is to queenstown - so I plan to go up in the weekend and will take the time to stop and walk a bit and look at these waterways.

May 17, 2009 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Bob McKerrow said...

Thanks Donald

I always enjoy reading your blog and soaking in the landscape photos. I pine for NZ. I will be back in July/August.

Keep up your fine work promoting environmental issues and displaying GODSOWN.

Ka kite ano eho. Bob

June 15, 2009 at 1:10 AM  

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