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24 June 2014: Kaikoura Zone committee meeting
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26 February 2014: Kaikoura Zone committee meeting
By: Ted Howard, Chair of the Kaikoura Zone Committee
The Kaikoura Zone Committee has now been operational for over three years and this is the first of what will be a regular column to report on the work of the Committee. We want to keep you up to date with water issues in our zone and with the work that is going on to manage risks and benefits to and from our water resource. We also want to share ideas and provide information so you can become involved with our projects.
The members of the Kaikoura Zone Committee have one core interest in common – we are all committed to ensuring effective management of our water resource and believe in the shared vision of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS):- to enable present and future generations to gain greatest social, economic, recreational and cultural benefits from our water resources within an environmentally sustainable framework.
I want to acknowledge the work of the committee members. They all give up a significant amount of time to participate in this project. Here in the Kaikoura Zone, our members include:
The Zone committee undertook significant engagement with members of the Kaikoura community to deepen our understanding of the spectrum of our values and concerns on water issues before determining a set of priority outcomes for managing water in our zone. These include:
To help achieve these priorities the Kaikoura Zone Committee has developed a programme of practical actions that we have already started to implement. Over the next few columns I will share more information on these actions with you and explore ways in which we can all become involved in ensuring the quality of our waterways.
The Kaikoura Zone Committee was launched in mid-2011 to address local water issues and deliver the goals of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS).
In February 2012 the committee developed its initial water management priority outcomes and the key pathways to achieve these in the zone.
The priority outcomes feed in to the committee's water management Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP), which was developed in conjunction with the community.
The committee held a series of public meetings in March 2012 to get community feedback on the water management priority outcomes, before releasing its draft ZIP for community feedback in mid-2012.
In November 2012, the committee presented a final ZIP to councils to be endorsed as the basis for the design and realignment of work programmes.
The focus for the committee will now be on working with the community and councils to implement the recommendations made in the ZIP.
Key priorities for the committee also include engaging youth in water management, implementing catchment management solutions, and reviewing biodiversity work programmes.
The zone committee has also been working with communtiy members, schools, and organisations to help clean-up Lyell Creek / Waikoau.
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Kaikoura Water Management Zone - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 230 kB)
Kaikoura Zone Implementation Programme (480 kB)
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