Townies not guilt-free
Grant Nelson (July 28) and others so quick to lay blame on farmers (presumably dairy) have obviously not lived long enough to witness the massive change in land use in the area that constitutes the underground watershed of the Waimakariri, which once flowed into Lake Ellesmere.
Up until the ‘‘Rogernomics era’’ that wiped out 2-3 generations of ‘‘natures conservators’’, ie family farms, and wreaked havoc on rural NZ, the area from Ashley to Ellesmere was predominantly family dairy farms that, along with meat and wool, had been used to finance the building of this country’s major infrastructure, roads/rail, hydro, etc.
The then ‘‘untouchables’’ spread their wealth into ‘‘lifestyle living’’ – the result of which is now evident in the proliferation of the thousands of lifestyle pads (many uneconomic), meaning there are thousands of septic tanks and urban-style waste runoff draining into the aquifers north and northwest of the city. Methinks those living in glasshouses should be very careful where they throw their stones. John McCaskey Waipara