The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee meeting schedule. The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month.
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Well I think we can safely say winter is well and truly here – snow at our part of the Peninsula which is a sure sign.
At the public meeting last month we spent some time discussing the proposed Land and Water Regional Plan (pLWRP) and health of Te Roto o Wairewa/Lake Forsyth. This is something that I believe is important to everyone in the zone and is certainly something that is at the forefront of my mind.
The Wairewa catchment is in the nutrient red zone; this means Environment Canterbury is really focusing on the water quality of Wairewa. The pLWRP has some measures in place to control nitrate discharges however, these are unlikely to affect landowners in the Wairewa catchment.
The nutrient likely to have the most effect on water quality in Wairewa is thought to be phosphorus.
One of the priorities of the zone committee is to help improve the health of the lake so over the past 18 months we have been obtaining scientific advice on Wairewa and options for improvement. We have also been consulting with local Rūnanga, the community, Environment Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council.
What this work has shown us is:
We all benefit from having a beautiful healthy lake at the gateway to Banks Peninsula. Now that we have a plan for improvement, we must start to implement it.
The next zone committee meeting is on Tuesday 21 July - details on location will be advised soon. It would be great to see you all there!
Richard Simpson, Chair
Banks Peninsula Zone Committee.
A note from the Chair
It was great to see so many of you at the public meeting to discuss the new rules of the Proposed Land and Water Regional Plan and how these will impact farming and community on Banks Peninsula. The meeting
was very well attended and some great discussions were held. I am looking forward to seeing more of you at the follow up workshops. Once the dates and times for these have been decided we will let you all know.
Additionally, the draft Wairewa sub-regional plan rules are on their way to being constructed.
Zone committee meetings have helped to clarify some points around fencing stream banks and what work will be permitted to prevent sediment loss in the catchment. The committee hopes to sign off on this draft at our next meeting in preparation for community consultation. Once again, I will be sure to let everyone know when the dates have been set for this. We have some great biodiversity projects coming up in the zone so keep an eye out on advertisements for planting days and other ways you can help! We can all play our part in making our little
piece of paradise even more beautiful.
At our most recent zone committee meeting, we discussed the drought impacts on ecosystem health and heard about the low flow monitoring across Banks Peninsula. This is important work as it helps to establish the quality of our streams and rivers, which in turns influences the plant, insect and bird life in the area. For habitat eco-system health more than half the areas monitored
in the region are classified as good or very good. We were also presented with a draft report on the Intermediate (5 year) Outcomes and Milestones for Environment Canterbury’s land use/water management programme on the peninsula.
These outcomes are the initial priorities identified for the Banks Peninsula Zone as requiring urgent implementation over the next five years.
There are eight outcomes in total and include safe and reliable community drinking water supplies; ensuring waterways on Banks Peninsula are well managed and stormwater effects are reduced at sites prone to flood in high intensity rainfall events.
PHOTO – Environment Canterbury Commissioners, members of Banks Peninsula Zone Committee, Wairewa Rūnanga and community members on the causeway over the channel linking Te Wairewa to the seaEnvironment Canterbury Commissioners recently spent a day touring Banks Peninsula with members of the zone committee and local Rūnanga to gain a greater understanding of the main issues facing the area.
In depth discussions were held around Te Wairewa water quality, flooding in Little River and the planning process around new rules for the Wairewa catchment.
The group also looked at the issues surrounding stormwater management, community drinking water supplies and wastewater systems and were given a first-hand look at the conservation and biodiversity projects in the area.
The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee was tasked with working with community members to develop solutions to local water management challenges. Addressing the issues facing Wairewa / Lake Forsyth has been a key focus for the committee, leading to the Wairewa ZIP Addendum.
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