Read the Banks Peninsula Committee newsletter - Winter 2013. The focus for the zone committee over the next couple of years is to work on implementing the recommendations outlined in ist Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) for water management. In particular the committee is focussed on developing water quantity and quality limits that recognise the unique characteristics of the Wairewa / Lake Forsyth catchment. Find out more in the committee’s winter newsletter.
The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee meeting schedule. The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month.
Read past meeting agendas and minutes >>
18 November 2013: Banks Peninsula Zone Committee meeting
16 September 2013: Banks Peninsula Zone Committee meeting
15 August 2013: Banks Peninsula Zone Committee meeting
The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee is tasked with working with community members to develop solutions to local water management challenges.
Addressing the issues facing Wairewa / Lake Forsyth is a key focus for the committee this year.
An initial Open Day was held in Little River in early August to get local feedback on the lake and discuss possible solutions. Community workshops were also held in Little River in September and October.
Community feedback will help the committee develop its solutions to feed in to the sub-regional chapter in the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan (pLWRP).
The pLWRP is designed to deliver the community’s aspirations for water management as outlined in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee was launched in September 2011 to work with the community to develop a water management Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP).
The ZIP was finalised in early 2013 following extensive community and stakeholder engagement and has been endorsed by councils to form the basis for water management work programmes.
The committee is now focussed on working with councils to implement the recommendations outlined in the ZIP, to give effect to the goals and targets of the CWMS.
Other key focus areas for the committee have included the issues concerning Wairewa / Lake Forsyth, cultural values and the rights and interests of iwi and the crown, and the aquatic health of streams in the zone.
The committee will also focus on on flag-ship biodiversity projects to support, and discussing minimum flow setting procesess.
The committee features five community members as well as four Runanga representatives and two from council.
Te Runanga o Koukourarata has a moemoea (vision) for ecological restoration at Koukourarata (Port Levy).
This video covers the latest project to support this restoration work; a reticulation system to support young native plants along the Kahukunu awa.
Te Runanga o Koukourarata will manage this project and has been provided funding from the Tuia joint work programme between Environment Canterbury and Ngai Tahu.
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