Ted talks - March 2021

Ted Howard - Chair of Kaikōura Water Zone Committee

Ted Howard - Chair of Kaikōura Water Zone Committee

After a busy summer period, it was great to be able to catch up with the committee and share what we’ve all been doing. Between biodiversity, water quality, farming, and community involvement, the committee has a good range of expertise when it comes to freshwater in Kaikōura.

February’s focus

February’s meeting was focused on planning for the year ahead, and appointing the chair and deputy chair.

Normally we would appoint these roles for the next 12 months, but as there’s a regionwide committee refresh happening in April/May, current roles were extended. Until then myself and Robby Roche will remain as chair and deputy chair.

Zone Committee Refresh 2021

Come 12 April, the community will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the governance of the committee and let us know if there’s anyone in particular from the community they would like to see in these roles, or as a community representative.

I encourage anyone with an interest in freshwater to take note and get involved when April rolls around. You’ll have until 10 May to put your name, or someone you know, forward to join the Kaikōura Water Zone Committee.

Zone committees should be confirmed with their respective councils by the end of July this year, ready to tackle freshwater issues head on for the next 12 months from then.

Keep an eye on our channels for more information.

Assistance for environmental projects

While I appreciate that many are still dealing with earthquake issues, we all need to bring more attention to what being responsible looks like in our ever changing and complex world.  

I particularly invite anyone with wetland or riparian (stream margin) protection or planting proposals to bring them to Kaikōura’s biodiversity advisor Heath Melville, as there is assistance available through Environment Canterbury for these projects. Call  03 319 5781 to find out more.

Plains Recovery comes to a close

Kaikōura Plains Recovery Project celebrated four years of progress in late February, bringing together a host of organisations involved in rural post-quake recovery and resilience.

It was great to hear about the different challenges the project has experienced over the last four years and the innovative and resilient way they overcame them.

Project manager Jodie Hoggard has done a great job, bringing advice and expertise to the local Kaikōura community.

Her project has left many resources for farmers facing challenges in a post-quake, or just ever-changing environment.

Nga mihi,

Ted