March update: Kaikōura Zone Delivery Manager
Kaikōura Zone Delivery Manager Kevin Heays provides insight into what is happening on the ground.
Over this summer period, your Zone Delivery Team (Heath, Pete, Rob, Stephen and myself) has worked hard to continue the good work our community has asked us to do, while also planning work for the next two seasons.
A positive response to the call for group membership of the refreshed 'Love the Lyell' governance group has reinforced the community’s desire to improve and sustain our "flagship" streams' health. The group will be brought together to draft a work programme around the Lyell/Waikōau for the next three to six months.
We have a number of major wetland protection projects that are ongoing, under the management of Heath Melville. These are being recognised across the region as works of significance, with some great outcomes predicted for our waterway's health, land management and mahinga kai values. As we move toward a major campaign to identify and protect other wetlands across the Zone, rural landowners can expect a visit from us to talk about how each farm in Kaikōura can be a part of this ground-breaking project.
Pete Bradshaw has been out and about perfecting irrigation "bucket testing" on-farm. These tests can help enormously in ensuring that farmers who irrigate have efficient equipment and knowledge, which will ensure effective and waste-less irrigation timing & intensity. Again, expect a call/visit from Pete to help you line up your lines!
Rob and Stephen continue to ensure that the things people and organisations are doing throughout our environment, particularly around water, is being done to the consented standard. It is very rewarding for the team when the activities are compliant.
Winter grazing is coming! Though it probably doesn’t feel like it. We have a regulatory duty to ensure winter intensive grazing (eg, break feeding) on grass or crops is managed well – ie, that no detrimental environmental effects result from this common and practical farming practice. Expect some kōrero (discussion) to happen soon at your farm gate with Pete.
It's great to have Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Natural Resources Manager, Clint, working with us on some of the proposed on-farm waterway health projects we are being funded for. His insight into mahinga kai and other cultural values is of great value to each project.
Lastly, those of us who are urban dwellers also have a responsibility to keep our waterways healthy and vigorous. Simple "no-go’s" such as clearing gutter rubbish, washing cars on lawn/grass areas and keeping pavements clean can have a major impact on our waterways and are so easy to do.