July update: Kaikōura Zone Delivery Lead

Hear from Kaikōura Zone Delivery Lead Kevin Heays as he updates us on what’s been going on in Canterbury’s most northern district.

Kōrero – what works for you?

Kevin Heays

Kaikōura Zone Delivery Lead, Kevin Heays

We recently held the second community conversation series event in the Memorial Hall and we had five members of the public turn up. Although the quality of conversation was great, and we have some things to take back and contemplate, we also hoped that there would be more people keen to have a chat about the work we do, how we can help you and how you can help us.

There are many policy changes and shifts being signaled by central government and we will be working closely with local people to help them understand, and work through, these changes.

The community conversation sessions are part of that understanding – and should be a priority in your knowledge base if you connect with us in any way, are farming, or have an interest in our natural environment.

If you’ve got suggestions as to how to make these events more user-friendly, or at a better time, please let us know. If you didn’t know it was on, let us know how we can better share this information with you. You can email me at kevin.heays@ecan.govt.nz or events@ecan.govt.nz.

Rural recycling goes local

Plasback is the company that covers rural recycling in Kaikōura – baleage and sileage wrap, twine, blue drums, and so on.

Local company Anderson Hay & Baleage Kaikōura have now come on board as the local collector and bag provider for Plasback – which is great. It’s good to see local business collaborating to encourage positive environmental behaviours!

If you’re interested in the scheme, you can call Matt Anderson on 027 253 9270, or see more information on Plasback in Kaikōura.

Because folks – it is illegal to burn. So, avoid the fine and get it collected – it’s cheaper in the long run, and it’s the right thing to do.

Audit assistance pays off

Our land management and biodiversity advisor Pete Bradshaw has been spending considerable time leaning on the farm gate or in the farm kitchen providing advice and assistance to farmers through their farm consent audit process – with more than three Kaikōura farms receiving an A-grade.

These A-grades are a real credit to the work that these farm owners and managers, and Pete has been doing. They’re also a credit to some of the previous work done by Kaikōura Plains Recovery Project (KPRP), who established a farmer information pack full of resources. KPRP also funded pre-audit dummy runs, to help local farmers identify areas they needed to work on and know what to expect when it comes to audit time.

An A-grade means the farm is being worked within excellent farm management practices, environmental sustainability and around the ever-increasing demand put on farmers. It also means a three-year gap before their next auditing round.

Those receiving B-grades will have less time before being audited again and will be told what needs adjusting in that time to get to an A-grade. The same for lesser-grades – with less time to up the game and, in some instances, compliance action.

This is where Pete can be invaluable – he cannot do the work for you but he can, and does, steer you in the right direction, finding the right experts and interpreting some of the language within central government legislation. He knows his stuff.

Pete can be reached at 027 302 2149.

Until next time,

Kev.