October update: Kaikōura Zone Delivery Lead

Kaikōura zone delivery lead Kevin Heays provides detail on work planned across the Kaikōura Flats.

The Kaikōura Flats makes up a very important part of the area we love. The land/whenua has varied uses – from rural to urban and lifestyle blocks – all of which we rely upon to live well.

The latest with Lyell Creek / Waikōau  

Waikōau weaves its way through many different land uses – rural, urban and commercial.

Waikōau weaves its way through many different land uses – rural, urban and commercial.

Lyell Creek / Waikōau weaves its way across the Flats and through town. It’s got lots of different land uses to deal with, before making its way out to sea.

One example is lifestyle properties. These can impact waterways through contaminants, activities in the creek and stock access.

It’s important that we identify and support all the different types of land use to provide a wraparound effort in water quality improvement and enhancement across Kaikōura.

We’re currently looking into how we can support Kaikōura’s Lyell Creek lifestylers in the form of a catchment co-ordinator.

We envisage this person would work with communities, identifying ways they want to improve the waterways that form such as important part of their life.

This person will be of great support and help make help make the communities' joint vision a reality.

Middle Creek Plan

Pete Bradshaw will be leading work along Middle Creek to address its water quality challenges.

Pete Bradshaw will be leading work along Middle Creek to address its water quality challenges.

We’ve been brainstorming ideas for the Middle Creek catchment too, as part of the Middle Creek stream walk, which is now completed.

The final report is being written as we speak and has identified some water quality issues like sediment, slumping, stock access, weed overgrowth and overland flow paths/nutrient runoff.

I’m looking forward to the recommendations that result from this work, with the resulting mahi being led by our land/whenua management and biodiversity advisor Pete Bradshaw. We expect this project to span around five years.

Pete will be touching base with some of the landowners who have been involved in this project so far.

He’s a real expert when it comes to the sorts of issues identified and will be seeing how we can support any actions there are to take, perhaps funding or advice.

Catchment approach and seed funding

As I alluded to in my last column, we’re taking a catchment approach to these sorts of water quality improvement projects and are thinking creatively about how we can support this work.

If you’ve got a few keen neighbours and need some funding for planting and fencing in the area, get in touch to see if we can help share the cost.

All this mahi, when joined together, will help provide waterway protection and enhancement from the mountains to the sea/ki uta ki tai.

Find out more about the current work we do in our zone.

Kaikōura zone delivery lead Kevin Heays

Kaikōura zone delivery lead Kevin Heays

Get in touch

I’m excited to see both the Lyell Creek / Waikōau and Middle Creek projects gain some traction over the next few months, as we collectively continue to enhance and protect our land/whenua for future generations.

As always, if you’d like to give me a bell, call me on 027 646 2230. If you’d like to touch base on Pete about the Middle Creek work, you can reach him on 027 302 2149.

Take care and talk again soon,

Kev