Petition heads to Parliament

23:25, Apr 30 2012
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A petition is asking the Government to ensure the Avon River red zone areas become reserves and river parks when home owners have to leave. Brett Leask heads up the Avon River.
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A petition is asking the Government to ensure the Avon River red zone areas become reserves and river parks when home owners have to leave. Brett Leask heads up the Avon River.
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A petition is asking the Government to ensure the Avon River red zone areas become reserves and river parks when home owners have to leave. The petition heads into the estuary.
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A petition is asking the Government to ensure the Avon River red zone areas become reserves and river parks when home owners have to leave. Brett Leask, left, gets the petition off the boat before paddling up the Avon.
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A petition is asking the Government to ensure the Avon River red zone areas become reserves and river parks when home owners have to leave. The petition is carried across the estuary by boat.
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A petition is asking the Government to ensure the Avon River red zone areas become reserves and river parks when home owners have to leave. Peter Beck blesses the petition at the Christchurch Yacht Club.
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A petition is asking the Government to ensure the Avon River red zone areas become reserves and river parks when home owners have to leave. Lydia Milner, with the St Margarets quad rowing team, receives the petition.
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A petition is asking the Government to ensure the Avon River red zone areas become reserves and river parks when home owners have to leave. The St Margarets quad rowing team takes the petition upstream.
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Avon-Otakaro Network Pettition asking government to ensure that the Avon River Red Zone becomes a reserve and river park when owners leave. Journey up the Avon. Heading through Red Zone areas of Avonside
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Avon-Otakaro Network Pettition asking government to ensure that the Avon River Red Zone becomes a reserve and river park when owners leave. Mike Baxter of the Methodist Harriers get the petition at Swanns Rd/ Retreat Rd in Avonside

A petition calling for red-zoned parts of Christchurch's Avon riverside to be turned into a park is making a symbolic journey along the waterway.

More than 18,500 people signed the petition, organised by the Avon-Otakaro Network, that asks Parliament to ensure the land becomes a river park and reserve, rather than being remediated and rebuilt on.

City councillors Peter Beck and Glenn Livingstone today blessed the petition at a ceremony at Shag Rock, Sumner, before its symbolic journey up the river from the Estuary.

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PARLIAMENT-BOUND: Brett Leask transfers the petition, which calls Avon River to be turned into a park.

It will be met at Christchurch Airport at 5pm by Mayor Bob Parker before being flown to Wellington and sponsored into Parliament by Christchurch East MP Lianne Dalziel.

Several MPs have signed the petition, including Labour leader David Shearer and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.

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