May update: Kaikōura Zone Delivery Manager

How is it May already?! Things are well and truly cooling down here and across the region as we prep ourselves for heading into Autumn/Winter. Check out my last column for advice on outdoor burning and fireplaces. 

Kevin Heays, Kaikōura Zone Delivery Manager

Water zone committee refresh

Applications are open now for membership on Kaikōura’s water zone committee. Everyone has a role to play in protecting our freshwater and this is a chance to play your part. If you have an interest in how our freshwater is managed check out ecan.govt.nz/waiwecare.  

Our current water zone committee Chair Ted Howard explains a little more about water zone committees and their role in his latest column

Middle Creek stream walk

In early March staff began a new project to collect information on the current state and health of the Middle Creek catchment. It involves walking the full length of the waterways in the catchment, gathering information on riparian plants and weeds, erosion/stability of banks, macroinvertebrates, sedimentation, and water samples. 

The project is similar to the one that Kaikōura Plains Recovery Project (KPRP) did in the Lyell Creek / Waikōau catchment in 2018 and includes Lukes and Mill Creeks, and associated drains. The information collected will show opportunities for improvements that can be made for the catchment’s biodiversity and water quality. 

KPRP is funding the stream walk and report, with support from us. A tremendous thanks goes out to KPRP for helping us assess changes to the catchment following the 2016 earthquake. This helped guide our methods for improving the catchment and gauging their impact. 

We’ll keep you updated on this project and let you know what we find out later in the year when results are out! 

Buying and selling property

The property market is hot at the moment, not just in urban and township areas, but also in rural areas. If you’re thinking of buying, or considering selling, you can request and search for information relating to the property in question. 

Information such as EQC claims, flood assessments, consents, well quality and air quality data can all be searched through our website. Find out more at ecan.govt.nz/property-information

Lukes Creek waste

Environment Canterbury have a site at Lukes Creek that we use for burning our dry green waste. We hold a consent to do this. 

Over time, the site has become a dump site for all and sundry, the purpose has been abused and the site untidy and unsightly. Please be aware that the site is now closed to all - with management of it falling under Mike Gilliver – Rivers Officer, Kaikōura. 

Until next time,

Kev