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The government has reappointed four existing commissioners to the Canterbury Regional Council.
The battle lines are drawn around the table at the newly elected Canterbury Regional Council (ECan).
Canterbury's regional council has alerted police to payments of $420,000 for taxi trips it says may not have taken place.
About one in 10 serious water-consent breaches in Canterbury are being blamed on faulty water meter readings.
ECan has had a 'wake-up call', it says, after Forest and Bird accused it of failing to act against farmers who seriously breach their water rights.
The Canterbury Regional Council has failed to act against farmers who have abused their water consents, Forest and Bird says. Audio
Nearly one in five Canterbury farmers have failed to comply with their consents to take river and ground water.
The Canterbury Regional Council has failed to meet its own target for cleaning up the region's rivers - and has, in fact, gone backwards.