Ted talks - December 2020

KWZC look out over Greenburn wetland

KWZC look out over Greenburn wetland

Read Kaikōura Water Zone Committee Chair Ted Howard’s update on the committee’s final hui for the year.

We were lucky enough to have our final meeting of the year out in the field, visiting two Immediate Steps (IMS) biodiversity funding sites, both located off Inland Road.

Greenspace at Greenburn

The first was Greenburn wetland, recommended for funding earlier in the year. This two hectare modified wetland has established raupō and purei sedgeland habitat that is perfect for native bird, fish, and invertebrate species.

The project includes significant weed control of willow, blackberry, and old man’s beard. The plan is to plant around 500 native plants in the lower, flat area of the project site, while fencing off the upper, hilly scarp area.

The scarp, with existing kānuka and the at-risk threatened Coprosma brunnea is only found in the eastern parts of the South Island. The landowner is currently working on fencing and pest trapping.

This project provides a good starting base and a great opportunity to build a network of native trees, flaxes, and sedges in the area, to increase biodiversity values and improve water quality in the outgoing stream.

Staff are in discussions with the landowner as to what the second stage of this project may look like and we are looking forward to staying up to date on its progress.

I’d like to commend the landowner for such proactive work on the project and it’s great to see and visualise what future goals are in mind for the site.

Rod Lamb showing the committee maps of the protected areas on his dairy farm

Rod Lamb showing the committee maps of the protected areas on his dairy farm

Dairy farm delight

The second project was further upstream from Greenburn wetland, on a neighbouring dairy farm. The stream that runs into Greenburn wetland connects with the waterways on the dairy farm, so it’s great to see projects that link up.

Catherine and Rod Lamb were recipients of $12,000 of IMS funding, as recommended by the committee in 2018.

Their long-term planting project is spanning ten years and the couple have already done an extensive amount of work on the 25 ha project, including weed control, planting, and restoration of wet areas on-farm.

This is a great example of how you can work environmental protection into farming systems, and it is great to see this dedicated couple bring their vision to life.

Inspired by locals

As I’ve previously noted, it’s inspiring to get out there and see the great work that farmers are doing to balance business and environment.

Understanding the place in which these projects take place is crucial to being able to recommend projects for IMS funding. We feel fortunate to have some very hard working and passionate landowners in the zone working towards great freshwater outcomes.

The committee is looking forward to coming back next year and seeing what else is in store for the zone. It’s an exciting time and an honour to be part of this process.

Have a safe and happy summer break and we’ll see you in 2021!

Ngā mihi,

Ted.