ECan governance document delayed

A document outlining options for the future governance of Environment Canterbury will not be available until after the general election.

Options for how the regional council will operate when the current commissioners finish in 2016 were supposed to be released this month.

This week, Local Government Minister Paula Bennett and Environment Minister Amy Adams said they were still talking with stakeholders and the document would not be released until October or November.

"Given the close proximity of the general election, any decisions would be made by the next government, so it is appropriate to let the final scope of the document be determined post-election by the incoming government," the ministers said.

In 2010 the elected ECan councillors were sacked after water management issues, including a failure to get resource consents done within the statutory time limit, sparked by a critical letter from the Canterbury Mayoral Forum.

Commissioners were appointed led by Dame Margaret Bazley and had their timeframe extended to 2016.

The ministers said they began the review in March and have so far focused on discussion with the mayoral forum and commissioners.

The Press