The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee meeting schedule. The committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month.
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Environment Canterbury presented its recommendations on proposed changes to the Lake Forsyth/Wairewa section of the Land and Water Regional Plan to the Banks Peninsula Zone Committee at its first meeting on February 16.
The recommendations follow its evaluation of the nine original and 16 further submissions received for the plan change which was publicly notified in October last year.
The proposed change to the Land and Water Regional Plan addresses water quality and quantity issues in the Lake Forsyth/Wairewa catchment and implements the recommendations of the Banks Peninsula Zone Committee on how to manage and protect water in the area.
It includes provisions about environmental flow and allocation regimes for the Ōkana, Ōkuti and Takiritawai rivers and their tributaries; keeping stock out of waterways; opening and closing the lake and water quality limits/targets for the lake and rivers. The recommendations will be presented to the independent hearing panel comprising Gordon Whiting, Andrew Fenemor and a third person to be appointed in March, but are not binding. Read more...
Approval of funding for Stage Two of a stream enhancement project of Koukourārata Stream, Port Levy has seen large areas planted in kowhai, matai, koromiko, totara, matai, and a variety of carexes and grasses.
This project connects the stream with a significant piece of native bush already covenanted by the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust. Koukourārata Stream now has one of the longest riparian planting projects on the Peninsula and protection from its source to the sea (ki uta ki tai).
The Zone Committee has invested $333,388 in biodiversity projects over the last four years and has welcomed the opportunity to work with landowners and community organisations such as the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust. We still have $166,612 available. If you have a possible project please contact a zone committee member or search ‘Immediate Steps’ on the Environment Canterbury website for more information.
Farm Environment Plan Workshop
We recently held a well-attended workshop for local farmers around Farm Environment Plans (FEPs). This was really encouraging as for most Banks Peninsula farmers a Farm Environment Plan is purely voluntary. The use of FEPs demonstrates that our farmers are not only great custodians of the land but are also keen to identify any areas that they can improve on. Visit www.overseer.co.nz for more information.
The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee works with community members to develop solutions to local water management challenges. Issues facing Wairewa / Lake Forsyth have been a key focus for the committee, leading to the Wairewa ZIP Addendum.
Environment Canterbury, Lyttelton Port Company Ltd. Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Christchurch City Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have agreed to work together to develop a catchment plan for the harbour in accordance with the philosophy ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea).
A key objective is to restore the ecological and cultural health of the harbour as a source of mahinga kai. The plan will also address other environmental, cultural and social concerns, including the needs of recreational users and the needs of a working port. Read more
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Banks Peninsula Zone Committee Annual Report for 2015
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Wairewa ZIP Addendum (1.89 MB)
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