The vision for the Ashburton zone is to allow for a prosperous farming sector, with landowners and managers farming within environmental limits, while reversing the trend of water over-allocation and trialling new ways of improving water and biodiversity resources for all. Click on the tiles below to find out about some of our bigger projects.

Protecting the Hakatere / Ashburton River mouth

Plans to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the Hakatere / Ashburton River mouth include the development of a new wildlife sanctuary, as part of a new management strategy.

Priorities to 2020

The Ashburton water zone committee has worked with the community to agree on several areas of priority for the Ashburton water zone. Use the drop-down menus below see how we are getting on.

Good Management Practice
All farmers are operating at Good Management Practice (GMP) or better
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Enhancing biodiversity
Landowners, rūnanga, stakeholders, local authorities and others are working together to protect and enhance biodiversity throughout the zone
Not Started | Started | Progress | Good Progress | Achieving
Hakatere/Ashburton River ecosystem health
Improve the ecosystem health of the Hakatere/Ashburton River
Not Started | Started | Progress | Good Progress | Achieving
Hinds River and Drains
Hinds River and Drains are managed in a way that provides for multiple needs/interests
Not Started | Started | Progress | Good Progress | Achieving
Catchment health
The urban and rural community understand the environmental, economic and social trends occurring in the zone and there is widespread ownership of catchment health
Not Started | Started | Progress | Good Progress | Achieving