Legislation for a 2-stage transition of Environment Canterbury (ECan) back to being an elected council passed its third reading in Parliament last week.
Collaboration on water management in Canterbury may be followed by a similar approach on biodiversity.
The Government has settled on a mixed elected/appointed model for Environment Canterbury to be selected next year, and for the council to be fully elected in 2019 – 10 years after commissioners were put in place.
The Government proposed a semi-democratic model last week for Environment Canterbury – 7 elected members, 6 Government appointees – and has put its proposal out for public consultation, closing on Friday 1 May.
Governance of Environment Canterbury will stay with Government-appointed commissioners until the final scope of a review is released in October-November.
The Government has begun a review of the governance arrangements of Environment Canterbury, which had commissioners appointed to replace the councillors in 2010 following a critical external review of its performance.