Local projects and priorities
The enhancement of ecosystem health, indigenous biodiversity and recreation is at the heart of action on the ground in the Christchurch West Melton water zone. You can find a summary of some of our current projects:
You wouldn’t pour soapy suds, paint or petrol in the river, right? What about tipping in some trash, metal, dust, or dog poo?
Thought not, but when it rains or we wash stuff outside, the things we leave behind end up in our rivers, streams, and bays.
These baddies travel, untreated, through the stormwater system, making the water unsafe and wreaking havoc on the habitats of living things.
Heathcote River/Ōpāwaho catchment
We are working with the Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee, Christchurch City Council, local rūnanga, and community groups and organisations to improve waterway health in this catchment.
Avon River/Ōtākaro catchment
We’re supporting the Avon Ōtākaro Network in the catchment and carrying out the following projects.
Ōtūkaikino Stream catchment
The zone committee has supported funding several biodiversity enhancement projects in the Ōtūkaikino Stream area.
Styx River catchment
The Styx River is a spring-fed ecosystem situated on the northern edge of Christchurch city.
As the city grows and the Styx is surrounded by urban areas, the challenge is to protect it from pollution.
The water zone committee and Environment Canterbury are supporting the Styx River Living Laboratory Trust with work in the area.
Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai catchment
We support the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust with an annual grant, staff liaison and a councillor on its board.
The Trust has a Memorandum of Understanding with us and the Christchurch City Council, who are currently helping fund the development of an Ecological Management Plan for the Estuary.
Representatives from the trust and councils organisations meet regularly to discuss significant issues and the implementation of the Ihutai Management Plan.
The Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai is the receiving environment for the Heathcote River/Ōpāwaho and the Avon River/Ōtākaro.
Support for farmers and community
Support is available to farmers - to help meet Good Management Practice and mahinga kai outcomes. We also have support available for community groups and landowners looking to undertake an environmental project. Read on to find out more about these topics.
Farming in Christchurch West Melton
Find more information on consents, tools, rules and responsibilities that might apply to your farm.
We provide support to community organisations for projects and initiatives that align with our priorities.