Mother of All Protests

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Protest . . . Tractors roll into Amberley during the Howl of a Protest in July organised by Groundswell. Photo: File

By ROBYN BRISTOW

Amberley will be the scene of a major protest on November 21, as Groundswell NZ continues its nationwide campaign against unworkable regulations.

Titled The Mother of all Protests the focus will be on the Three Waters Reforms.

Groundswell is calling for New Zealanders to rally in support of councils with a show of solidarity during the Sunday protest.

Jamie McFadden, Rural Advocacy Network (RAN) chair says the way in which the Government is forcibly taking over the control and running of community water supplies, stormwater and wastewater, is symptomatic of the way it is forcing regulations on New Zealanders.

RAN has formed an alliance with Groundswell NZ, a farmers lobby group which has its roots in Southland and Otago.

Mr McFadden says the Three Waters Reform has been widely opposed by councils throughout New Zealand, including all councils in Canterbury.

“Mayors and councillors across the country have spoken out strongly against the Government actions – the forceful takeover of control of community assets, the sham of the consultation process and the loss of local democracy and representation.”

He says towns across the country, many of whom didn’t take part last time, are already planning their part in the protest.

The Amberley event is calling for people and vehicles to congregate in the main street of Amberley at 12:45 pm for a 1 pm start on November 21.

This will be followed by a speech by Hurunui Mayor Marie Black, which will be videoed.

Groundswell will make a nationwide radio announcement on Newstalk ZB at 1:35 pm.

Mr McFadden is asking everyone to follow the appropriate Covid-19 rules in their area.

The speech area will be roped off, with a maximum of 100 people allowed in that immediate area.

The rest of those attending the protest are expected to fill the main street of Amberley, he says.

More information on the Mother of all Protests can be found on the Groundswell NZ facebook page and website, and will be advertised in local media.