Regional Water Management Committee

The Committee’s purpose is to uphold the mana of the freshwater bodies within the Canterbury Region by facilitating enduring land and water management solutions that give effect to the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS) vision, principles and targets.

Changing the Committee structure

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Earlier this year, a review was undertaken to analyse whether the Committee was getting the best bang-for-buck for ratepayers. As such, the committee’s structure is being changed to reflect recommendations from that review.

The Committee will now be led by an independent Chair and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu-appointed co-Chair, plus:

  • An Environment Canterbury councillor,
  • Three Papatipu Rūnanga representatives,
  • A Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representative,
  • A member to represent both the Canterbury District Health Board and the South Canterbury District Health Board, and
  • Up to six community representatives from across the Canterbury region. This will ensure the Committee is working to monitor progress with implementing the CWMS across Canterbury; and is providing advice and regular reporting to Environment Canterbury, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Canterbury Mayoral Forum on regional issues associated with implementing the CWMS.

Applications have now closed for both the Independent Chair role and the community representative roles. We thank everyone who took the time to apply. We will post update this page when the selection process has been completed.

In 2012, the Committee developed a Regional Implementation Programme. See the foot of the page for this programme.

Need more information? 

Contact Jaimee Grant — Facilitator    027 220 2694

Regional Implementation Programme and terms of reference