Getting around the zone, getting to know the issues

Over the last year we have built a good relationship with the public by taking our meetings across the district, including Lincoln, Wairewa, Glentunnel and West Melton. This has also given us a chance to meet with representatives of other zones.

Les Wanhalla

Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee Co-Chair Les Wanhalla

Urban water issues in the Selwyn Waihora zone

In July we were joined by members of the Banks Peninsula Zone Committee to talk about kaitiakitanga and mahinga kai.

Last month members of the Christchurch/West Melton Zone Committee presented their Stormwater Superheroes campaign, with details about the different contaminants in urban waterways and some simple steps we can take to better care for them.

These include feeding ducks on land, not water, installing non-copper brake pads on vehicles and washing cars on grass instead of concrete driveways.

Murray England from the Selwyn District Council discussed the Council’s efforts to expand and maintain urban water infrastructure in the country’s fastest-growing region.

We were pleased to learn the area has some of the most modern and efficient infrastructures for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater, however, challenges in providing safe drinking water still exist in the smaller population centres.

In an area like Selwyn where agriculture has such a large effect on our environment, economy and employment, it’s easy to concentrate our efforts on the farming sector. 

But we should remember that those of us who live in fast-growing urban areas like Rolleston and Lincoln are also responsible for doing our part to maintain and improve our waterways.

We will maintain a focus on this topic and engage with our community as we go.

Supporting worthwhile projects

There are a lot of groups in our rohe doing great work that the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee is supportive of.

These projects include:

  • Whakaora Te Ahuriri
  • Broadacres Kowaro mudfish project
  • Haldon Pastures mudfish project
  • Ararira/Tārerekautuku Yarrs Lagoon Land Care Group
  • Livingwaters at Yarrs flats
  • Water & Wildlife Habitat Trust’s Snake Creek restoration
  • Swimmable Selwyn at Coes Ford wetland project
  • Embankment Road Greenpark flats wetlands
  • Harts Creek stream care group
  • Waimakariri environmental recreation trust and Waimakariri environment and landscape restoration association in the high country
  • Near river recharge project in collaboration with Central Plains Water
  • Waikirikiri/Selwyn River Working Group

We look forward to updating you on progress in these projects in the future.