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The new year is well underway, and your zone committee has had some refreshment. We welcome James Pearse from Waitohi, a young Resource Management Graduate (replacing David Henshaw) and Environment Canterbury Commissioner David Caygill (replacing Commissioner Tom Lambie). Both David and Tom resigned at the end of last year, and we thank them for their valued input over nearly four years. We also welcome Karl Russell and Mandy Home as new Arowhenua Rununga representatives, replacing Mokai Reihana.
The current climatic conditions we find ourselves in are extreme, to say the least. While the Orari-Opihi-Pareora zone has always been regarded as the most water short in Canterbury, the Opuha Dam has been considered our jewel in the crown for water storage. The exceptionally dry conditions we are seeing in our foothills country has dramatically affected inflows and is reflected in the Orari, Opihi and Tengawai rivers all recording their lowest January flows since records started. With little relief in sight I suspect similar records may be set for February as well. Read more...
A million-dollar project instigated by Environment Canterbury to upgrade flood protection for Washdyke-Waitarakao is now complete. Environment Canterbury's senior river engineer Shaun McCracken said the work, undertaken in two stages over the past 18 months, would provide vital protection to Washdyke-Waitarakao, which for many years had been prone to flooding. The project focused on upgrading and rebuilding several kilometres of stopbanks that line the Washdyke Creek. Read more...
There's a battle raging along our coastline that most South Canterbury people are not even aware of. It's not human warfare of course, but the constant power struggle between the Pacific Ocean and our rivers. And it's the times that the sea wins that battle that Environment Canterbury is stepping in to keep people who live near, or who visit our coast, safe. Read More...
While Environment Canterbury has been completing its flood protection work on Washdyke-Waitarakao Creek, a local initiative to provide the public with information about the lagoon that links the creek with the coast is also close to fruition. A group representing Environment Canterbury, the Timaru District Council, the Department of Conservation, Fish and Game New Zealand and the Arowhenua Rūnanga began meeting last year to plan an information panel. Read more...
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Orari–Opihi–Pareora ZIP (pdf 4.67 MB)
Orari–Opihi–Pareora Water Management Zone - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 451 kB)
Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee expectations of catchment groups August 2014
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