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.
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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