The Ashburton District Council is hell-bent on selling the rights to extract 45 litres of Canterbury water a second to a mysterious and newly-formed corporation called "NZ Pure Blue". 
But the Council wasn't counting on us. Almost 40,000 of us have joined in solidarity with thousands of locals who are strongly opposed to the deal.
And for good reason. The deal gives the corporation a free pass to drain 40 billion litres of water from their aquifers over the next 30 years -- and if the corporation drains the aquifer dry, the deal requires ratepayers to fill it up by draining the Ashburton River. A river that regularly runs dry. [2, 3]
We know that the pressure is getting to the Mayor and his councillors, so we're going to ramp it up. I’ve just spoken to councillor Ken Cutforth and he’s told me that he’s happy to receive our petition and table it with the Ashburton District Council at their next meeting at the end of the month. With your help, we'll make sure this petition handover makes a media splash, and delivers a message that the Council cannot ignore.
Can you chip in so we can deliver your signatures to the Ashburton District Council, stop this sale, and protect our water for future generations?
Your donations will help cover soundsystem hire, signage, t-shirts, a photographer and transport costs to and from the event. If we can raise a little extra we also plan to make a contribution to local group Bung the Bore on behalf of ActionStation members. 
Can you chip in so we can deliver your signatures to the Ashburton District Council with impact?
NZ Pure Blue behind Ashburton water sale, Stuff, 11 April 2016.
For sale: 40 billion litres of Canterbury's purest water, Stuff. 3 April 2016.
Council to sell rights to bottled water company, Radio NZ. 4 April 2016.
Bung the Bore Facebook page
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