Ted talks - April 2021
Nine of Canterbury’s ten water zone committees are looking for new members, including Kaikōura.
I thought I would take some time to explain what zone committees do, what the refresh involves, and hopefully encourage some wai warriors to put their hand up to join our local committee.
What committees do
The CanterburyWater Management Strategy (CWMS) was introduced in 2009 to deliver the community’s aspirations for freshwater management in Canterbury.
It empowered local people to work with councils and other organisations to manage the complex and competing needs of current and future generations for this essential basis of all life (water).
Water Zone Committees were set up to help deliver local solutions to local challenges in each of the region’s ten water zones.
Membership is made up of community members, councils, and local rūnanga who work with the community to recommend actions and tactics to councils via monthly meetings and Zone Implementation Programmes.
They then oversee and champion the implementation of these recommendations by Environment Canterbury Zone Delivery Teams (in Kaikōura this is Kev, Pete, Heath, Rach, Makarini, Robin and Michael) and other CWMS partners.
The Kaikōura Water Zone Committee currently meets monthly, working together to reach solutions that take into account all the interests of everyone in the community. Our committee members have a range of different skill sets.
Our backgrounds are in farming, tourism, business, environmental advocacy, science, cultural advocacy and more.
Ultimately though, we are members of the community trying to ensure we leave the environment, and water more specifically, in a better state than when we started.
Lyell Creek / Waikōau has been a long-term focus for the committee. In 2012, Love the Lyell community group was re-established (following on from the Lyell Creek Streamcare group), to focus on locally driven advocacy and action, to improve the water quality in Lyell Creek.
The group is still active to date, hosting clean-up days, planting days, and providing advice or input to other projects that need a local lens to support good outcomes.
Join the committee conversation
If you’d like to be involved in projects like these or have a general interest in advocating for freshwater health in Kaikōura or are beginning to understand how essential responsibility is to our long term future, then I urge you to apply to be a committee member.
Applications are open until 10 May. You can find out more and apply online at ecan.govt.nz/waiwecare.