January update: Kaikōura Zone Delivery Manager

We blinked and it was Christmas, another blink and now we’re in a new year!

I hope you all had a safe and happy time over the holiday period whether at home, work or away.

Pollution polls

Our office was closed over Christmas and New Year, with Rach and Pete B on call to attend any pollution call outs.

With a grand total of zero calls, we can either assume that there weren’t any events to report or our community was unaware that we have staff available to attend to pollution events when needed.

Sadly, we know that pollution doesn’t stop just because it’s the holidays, so it’s a good time to remind everyone that even when the office is closed, we are here and ready to attend if pollution is reported.

If you see any pollution or are concerned about anything in our local taiao (environment), don’t hesitate to get in touch on 03 319 5781.

Kaikōura Zone Delivery Manager Kevin Heays

Kaikōura Zone Delivery Manager Kevin Heays

Coming up

The Kaikōura team are mostly all back in the office and ready for another busy and productive year. We have got a fair bit planned on the work schedule and will keep you updated throughout the year.

In rural news, Pete B will be doing the rounds, talking to our local farmers, and keeping our district ahead of the game when it comes to farm environment plans and consenting.

Heath will be back at the biodiversity game and keeping all the local wetland protection and enhancement projects going.

Pete A will continue to keep an eye on our local rivers, while Jan will continue working around biosecurity and Rob on consent monitoring and necessary enforcement.

Goal setting

Collectively, we have a work programme set out for 2021 – we have prioritised projects and resources – and we are ready to rock’n’roll!

Your Kaikōura based team, I believe, are ahead of the game and front footing many Canterbury regional projects, initiatives, and Resource Management Act priorities.

This year will see a further focus on freshwater quality and quantity, community catchment group ventures such as Love the Lyell Community Advisory Group and developing innovative and collaborative work programmes with Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura.

I am particularly interested in working with the willing. Landowners and Authorities all have timeframes set out in Central Government’s freshwater legislation that means actions need to be taken to ensure our freshwater is drinkable and/or swimmable.

We have resource, advice and avenues for funding that are available to those willing to put in the work – if this is you, please get in touch by calling us on 03 319 5781.

All in all, you can be assured that we’ve got a great team of passionate people ready to tackle their tasks heading into, and beyond, 2021.

Don’t forget to check the LAWA website if you’re planning to go for a swim – it has up to date information about swimming sites throughout the country.

Kia pai te raumati – have a great summer.

Kev

Lead photo: Some of the Kaikōura team (left to right): Kevin Heays, Pete Bradshaw, Rachel Bjornsson and Pete Adams. Also working in the Zone, are Heath Melville, Kim Whitwell, Rob Hubbard, Jan Crooks, Makarini Rupene and Stephen Howard.