Ecan Exposed: Regulator Hides Damning Report

The Environment Minister’s been “made aware” of an unpublished regional council report leaked to Newsroom. David Williams reports

Canterbury’s oft-criticised water regulator, ECan, is being accused of hiding a damning report which makes allegations against a listed power company and a giant irrigator.

The regional council’s report centres on water stored at Lake Coleridge, operated by NZX-listed Trustpower, and released down the Rakaia River to irrigators – the biggest of which is Central Plains Water.

Report author Wilco Terink, a senior hydrological scientist and data analyst, who worked on the project since its inception in April 2018, resigned from the regional council earlier this year.

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Irrigation water has turned the banks of the Rakaia River into a patchwork quilt of paddocks. But what is abstraction doing to the river? Photo: Google Earth
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