December update: Kaikōura Zone Delivery Manager

Kaikōura Zone Delivery Manager Kevin Heays

Kaikōura Zone Delivery Manager Kevin Heays

Recently, we were lucky enough to be visited by some Suburban School students while they were on school camp.

They came by the office to chat about water quality and what we do here at Environment Canterbury, we even roped them in to do some weeding.

There is a serious sweet pea infestation happening down by Lyell Creek/Waikōau but, with the help of the students, we were able to remove more than three trailer loads of the weed.

We’d like to thank the students, teachers and helpers for their efforts – there’s definitely some potential weed busters in the making.

Effluent testing good news story

In my last column I updated you on the effluent testing that Pete B has been doing with our local dairy farmers.

On a recent visit to one of our local dairy farms, Pete and the landowner found that the effluent irrigator wasn’t quite working to audit standards and was spreading much more effluent than recommended.

After some discussion with the landowners, the nozzles on their irrigating system were changed and a re-test showed they were now well under the recommended levels of spreading – a credit to these landowners.

This is a great result and highlights how proactive our farmers are in working to achieve positive outcomes, and the great collaboration happening between our community and staff.

Help reduce the risk of fire this summer

After a hectic year with many hurdles, disruptions, and roadblocks, we’ve reached the time of the year when BBQ’s, backyard cricket and beach days are commonplace.

Over the summer break, whether you’re here or away, I’d ask you to be conscious of other people and our amazing environment.

This summer is looking like a dry one, so if you need advice for outdoor burning, visit our website page with guidance.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has its own seasonal restrictions and permitting requirements. Even if your burning is within the Environment Canterbury rules, be sure to check if it’s an open, restricted or prohibited fire season. Visit checkitsalright.nz for details.

Protect our environment - Report an environmental incident

I know I’ve said it before, but make sure any rubbish/waste gets put into the right place.

If you see any rubbish that’s out of place, make sure you report it, so it doesn’t pose a risk to environmental, human and animal health. You can do this by:

  • calling our Incident Response Line, 0800-POLLUTE (0800 765 588) for dumped waste at river sites. Please try to provide an accurate location, time(s) and date(s) the incident was observed, and a full description of the activity, including images, if available.
  • downloading Snap Send Solve, which is a smartphone app to help make reporting incidents easy. It uses your phone's location to provide an accurate address and can capture photos to help us to identify and investigate the issue.

If you’re taking a trip somewhere, drive to the conditions and be aware of other road users. It would be great to give our hardworking local emergency response staff a break too.

Summer sign off

Our office will be closed from 4.30pm Wednesday 23 December 2020 until 8am Tuesday 5 January 2021. If you have an urgent general enquiry during this time, you can call Environment Canterbury on 0800 324 636.

And lastly, although a time of relaxing for many, it can also be a time of stress. Look after yourselves, your friends, your whānau, and your environment.

Have one for me.

Until next year,

Kev.