Read the Banks Peninsula Committee newsletter – Winter 2014. Water has seldom been far from the headlines this year – mostly for the wrong reasons. Extreme weather seems to be more common now - for us, it’s too much water that’s creating challenges. We all need to adapt and plan for the future and we see our role as facilitating community discussions on our current and future water management needs. Recently, we have been engaging with the Wairewa Community around the challenges involved with improving the water quality in Te Roto O Wairewa/Lake Forsyth and mitigating the risk of flooding.
Read the Banks Peninsula Committee newsletter - Summer 2013. The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee has made very good progress this year. However, improving our water resources will take time.It will take commitment not only from landowners, but from the community as a whole. Having engaged with the local community it is obvious there is a strong willingness to halt and then reverse the process of degradation of our water quality. Find out more in the committee’s summer newsletter.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 >>
16 June 2014: Banks Peninsula Committee look at catchments 9 April 2014: Banks Peninsula Zone Committee meeting 25 March 2013: Youth Whet appetite for Water Management
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 finalised its Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) in early 2013 following extensive community engagement.
The ZIP outlines the actions, responsibilities and time-frames for activities to achieve the principles, targets, and goals of the CWMS.
The committee is now focused on working with Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury staff to implement its recommendations.
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.In March 2014 the committee met with local youth at a hui facilitated by Environment Canterbury to involve young people in water management.
The committee has also been working with local community boards and Christchurch City Council to facilitate discussions on the recent flooding events in the zone.
The Banks Peninsula Zone 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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