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Monitoring and understanding our land and water

Last updated: 24 May 2024
Reporting frequency: Quarterly
Portfolio: Water and land

We are collecting and managing quality, trusted data that is shared with and used by community and key organisations to understand trends and actions as required to meet statutory requirements and environmental outcomes.

How are we tracking on our Levels of Service?

Level of Service 2: Monitor and provide accurate and timely State of the Environment data for Canterbury, for use by decision-makers and the community.

To achieve this Level of Service, we will:

Targets 2.1a, 2.3a, 2.3b: Collect and publish data on the Environment Canterbury and Land Air Water Aotearoa websites and ensure data collected is fit for purpose.

How are we doing: Our long-term water monitoring programmes continue, with data available on our website, Canterbury Maps, Water Quality Limits in Canterbury and Land, Water, Air Aotearoa (LAWA).

Our summer programme includes regular monitoring of recreational water quality (Can I swim here?) and aquatic health. We also report on biodiversity in the Canterbury Water Management Zones on Canterbury Maps.

On track
Level of Service 2: Monitor and provide accurate and timely State of the Environment data for Canterbury, for use by decision-makers and the community.

To achieve this Level of Service we will:

Target 2.1b: Implement a mātauranga Māori monitoring programme.

How are we doing: This level of service is on track and we are continuing to work with Papatipu Rūnanga environmental entities. Implementation is underway with a pilot project with Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua. The project is the first trial for customising and adapting mātauranga monitoring that delivers a specific monitoring programme to meet rūnanga aspirations. An update was provided to the Water and Land Committee on 8 May 2024 (Word file, 14MB).  

On track
Level of Service 3: Undertake targeted science research and investigations on matters relevant to policy development to inform Council and stakeholders.

To achieve this Level of Service, we will publish data and analysis electronically to ensure it is publicly available.  

How are we doing: Places we share data and information, including our technical reports and resources, are on our website, Canterbury Maps, and Land, Water, Air Aotearoa (LAWA).

Data analysis and report preparation are underway for several research investigations into water and land resources in the region. 

On track

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