The Ashburton water zone is bordered by two large braided rivers — the Rakaia and Rangitata — and divided by the Ashburton and Hinds Rivers. It has been extensively modified over the years to create one of the most productive agricultural regions in New Zealand. Three rūnanga consider the Ashburton zone part of their takiwā – Arowhenua, Taumutu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri. The rivers, lakes and the wetlands that once covered large areas of the zone have always been an important place and food basket for Ngāi Tahu.
Ashburton water consents review
Learn more about Environment Canterbury's upcoming review of around 90 resource consents that take surface water or stream depleting groundwater in the Hakatere/Ashburton river catchment.
Action on the ground
Click here to read about the work we are doing on the ground in the Ashburton water zone.
Your local water zone committee
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Zone updates, news and events
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Your local Environment Canterbury team
Our staff provide localised assistance and advice regarding land management, consents and compliance.
Your natural environment
Discover the natural environment in the Ashburton water zone.
Information for farmers
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View agendas and meeting papers
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Ashburton Water User Group
Find data to manage your water takes from the Ashburton River