Farmer responsibilities in the Selwyn Te Waihora Cultural Landscape Values Management Area
Ko ngā hau ki ētahi wāhi; ko ngā kai kei Ōrariki
No matter which way the wind blows; one can always procure food at Ōrariki, Taumutu.
For generations, Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, and its associated wetlands, springs and tributaries, have been an abundant food basket of local Ngāi Tahu - something that remains to this day. The ability of the lake to provide food and resources for the people living around the lake continues to be important, not just for Ngāi Tahu, but for everyone. The lake is internationally recognised for its wetland values, as well as having national significance for its mahinga kai, particularly its customary indigenous fishery. It is also an important commercial fishery for both tuna (eel) and pātiki (flounder). Sadly, however, today Te Waihora is also one of New Zealand's most degraded lakes, while its tributary waterways also often don't meet both national and regional requirements for water quality.
If any part of your property is within the Cultural Landscape Values Management Area (Lake Area or River Zone) you will be required to implement the following objective and targets alongside your existing Farm Environment Plan (FEP) objectives and targets.
Objective: To protect mahinga kai and manage waterways and drains recognising their cultural and ecological sensitivity to discharges of contaminants.
- Mahinga kai values are protected by implementing all other Farm Environment Plan Objectives and Targets taking mahinga kai values into account.
- Mahinga kai species and habitats are protected when waterway (including drain) management and vegetation clearance occurs.
- Mahinga kai habitats and species are sustained through management of remnant native vegetation and wetlands.
- Properties within Selwyn District Council Drainage Scheme comply with any District Council Discharge of Land Drainage Water resource consent.
If you are farming in this area, there is now more to think about, although it is acknowledged that many farmers are already on the right track. You’ll now need to be aware of the mahinga kai values and risks on your farm, and address these when you apply Industry-agreed Good Management Practices. You will also need to be more aware of how your drains are being managed and cleaned, and proactively look at how you can enhance biodiversity values on your farm over time. Doing so will ensure that your farming activities meet today’s community expectations around good management practice, while also protecting mahinga kai values, and sustainability for generations to come.
To help you implement this objective and targets a read the Mahinga kai guidelines for Selwyn farmers (PDF File, 1.46MB).
Use the checklist in the guide to identify the practices and actions you’ll need in place – and keep it alongside your existing FEP or include in your FEP as developed.