The Banks Peninsula water zone is made up of eroded volcanic domes that have been breached by the sea. Its catchments are short, steep and prone to flash flooding. The peninsula is reliant on rainfall to keep the creeks running and storage tanks and ponds full. Groundwater resources are limited and every summer settlements such as Akaroa experience water restrictions. It has always been an important place and food basket for Ngai Tahu. Four rūnanga are present on Banks Peninsula – Te Hapu ō Ngāti Wheke/Rāpaki, Te Rūnanga o Koukourarata, Te Rūnanga o Ōnuku and Te Rūnanga o Wairewa.
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Meet your zone representatives
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Our water is too precious to waste; it is up to everyone to use it wisely.
Action on the ground
The enhancement of ecosystem health, indigenous biodiversity and recreation is at the heart of action on the ground in the Banks Peninsula water zone.
Upcoming meetings and agendas
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Make a positive difference
Waterways can recover; however it takes a sustained effort over many years. Working together we can make a positive difference.
Let's work together for a healthy harbour
Find out how five organisations have come together to work toward the restoration of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour.
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Your natural environment
Discover the natural environment in the Banks Peninsula water zone.
- Find out more about our portfolio work.
- Find out more about our unique ecosystem.
- View upcoming meetings.
- Information for farmers in Banks Peninsula