The KPA has made a submission to Ecan regarding the Proposed Plan change 7 and requested to be heard on behalf of its members, and the Kaiapoi community, at the public hearings to be held in early June. The Kaiapoi/Silverstream river is the most polluted in North Canterbury with nitrate levels over the National Policy Statement - Fresh Water and e.coli levels regularly breach the 550/100ml level for contact recreation. This ecological degradation demands an urgent increase to the minimum flows to help rehabilitation of the long-compromised aquatic ecosystem in the Kaiapoi River and its tributaries. While the proposed Plan Change 7 proposes a review of 187 stream-depleting and surface water abstractions the KPA believes that the timeframe to complete this is unacceptable and wants the reviews to be completed within two years from the date PC7 becomes operative. This is critical to bringing life back into the Kaiapoi River and its tributaries. KPA Chair Martin Pinkham noted that the KPA submission has stated “increasing the river flows will go some way to ensure the restoration of some ecological health to our much-degraded river, which will in turn enhance the town and the Waimakariri District, and ensure the viability of business growth and that Kaiapoi lives up to its name as an attractive river town for locals and visitors to live in and enjoy. The Waimakariri District Council and private business have invested tens of millions of dollars to date in Kaiapoi Town centre redevelopment since the 2010-11 earthquakes. Encouraging new business, increasing the vibrancy of the town and encouraging more visitors is a key objective of the Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan, and a key plank of the Kaiapoi Promotion Association “Kaiapoi Brand” development programme. The prime focus of these plans is the engagement and enjoyment of the Kaiapoi River with a new $10 million marine precinct, wharf and floating pontoons plus a riverbank walkway and terraces inviting locals and visitors to linger and relax at the water’s edge”.