Ōtūwharekai/Ashburton Lakes pop-up event announced

A public information day focusing on the water quality and health of the Ōtūwharekai/Ashburton Lakes will be supported by the Ashburton Water Zone Committee.

Event details

  • When: Saturday 25 February 2023, 11am-2pm
  • Where: On the waterfront at Te Puna-a-Taka/Lake Clearwater, Mount Darchiac Dr

The event will help share the work underway to address water quality issues within the lakes and give people the chance to ask questions and learn more.  

The Ashburton Water Zone Committee will jointly organise the day in collaboration with the Ōtūwharekai Working Group, after a discussion at its latest meeting. The working group was keen to draw on the committee’s "connection to the community" to help it engage with hut holders and others who are passionate about the lakes area.

People will be able to chat with those involved in initiatives to restore the lakes, in a relaxed, family-friendly environment.

Members of the working group and water zone committee will be on-hand to talk with the public, and scientists will demonstrate some of their water monitoring gear and share recent results. The event will include a sausage sizzle and kids’ activities.

Keep an eye out for further information over the summer months or sign up for the group’s e-newsletter to get more details about the event once finalised.

The Ashburton Water Zone Committee also received an early summer update on the key workstreams at Ōtūwharekai, including lake and stream water monitoring, a groundwater study at Lake Clearwater and farm nutrient risk assessments. Read the full update on our Ōtūwharekai/Ashburton Lakes page, or watch a recording of the water zone committee meeting.

About the Ōtūwharekai Working Group

The Ōtūwharekai Working Group works collaboratively to halt and reverse the degradation of Ōtūwharekai ecology and values. Its members are Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and Te Taumutu Rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, farmers in the area, Department of Conservation, Toitū Te Whenua LINZ, Ashburton District Council, Central South Island Fish & Game, the Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries.

To find out more – and to sign up for the newsletter mailing list – visit our Ōtūwharekai/Ashburton Lakes page.