Environment Canterbury is to borrow $12 million to pay for Ashburton flood recovery. A year ago heavy rain caused the Ashburton River to burst its banks and spread river shingle over the area’s paddocks. Mid Canterbury received some Government funding but not enough to cover the costs. Mid Canterbury Arable farmer and councillor Ian Mackenzie says underfunding has been a huge issue for three decades and there needs to be a better plan to cover the cost of maintaining river systems.