About the water zone committees

Water zone committees develop actions and tactics to deliver on the 10 targets of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy in their zone.

Water Zone Committees

Water zone committees recommend actions and tactics to councils and other organisations involved in water management, which are recorded in Zone Implementation Programmes (ZIPs).

They oversee and champion the implementation of these recommendations by Environment Canterbury and other Canterbury Water Management Strategy partners.

Water zone committees are made up of people with a wide range of interests in water who have a strong connection to the zone.

They meet monthly and meetings are open to the public.

  • View ZIPs for all 10 water zones here.
Read the water zone committees' operating philosophy
  • Zone committees give effect to the fundamental principles, targets and goals of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
  • Zone committees are culturally sensitive, observing tikanga Māori.
  • Zone committees give consideration to and balance the interests of all water stakeholders in the region in debate and decision-making.
  • Zone committees work in a collaborative and co-operative manner using best endeavours to reach solutions that take account of the interests of all sector of the community.
  • Members of zone committees are appointed on the basis of their experience and knowledge and not to representing a particular interest or group. Accordingly, members will contribute their knowledge and perspective but not promote the views or positions of any particular interest and stakeholder group.
  • Zone committees promote a shift in philosophy from an individual rights basis towards using water resource to a collective interests approach to water management.
  • Committees will seek consensus in decision-making where at all possible. Where, despite the best endeavours of members, unanimous agreement is not able to be reached a decision may be taken if in the view of the significant majority (i.e. 75 per cent or more of members) it represents the best interest of all sectors of the community.
  • Meetings of zone committees shall be called and operate in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.
  • In the event that neither unanimous agreement is able to be reached nor a significant majority view formed, zone committees must in the first instance seek assistance from an external facilitator to further committee discussions and deliberations.
  • Where zone committees are unable to reach consensus (75 per cent or more), despite having sought assistance and exhausted all avenues, they must recommend that the respective councils disband them and appoint a new committee.

Useful contacts

Lesley Woudberg — team leader     027 706 4273    lesley.woudberg@ecan.govt.nz

Peter Te Rangihiroa Ramsden — tangata whenua facilitator     027 553 3140    peter.ramsden@ecan.govt.nz

Stephen Bragg — tangata whenua facilitator     027 487 3892    stephen.bragg@ecan.govt.nz