Meet your water zone committee
The Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee is a joint committee of Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council and Selwyn District Council. Three rūnanga consider the zone part of their takiwā – Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, Te Hapū ō Ngāti Wheke/Rāpaki and Te Taumutu Rūnanga.
What does the Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee do?
The committee works with community members and groups to implement water management work programmes in the Christchurch West Melton area - see the committee's Action Plan.
- Sign up to our mailing list for updates
- View zone committee agendas and meetings papers
- See when the next committee meeting is.
Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee members
Annabelle Hasselman is a stay-at-home mother to 4 children. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.
Annabelle has previously worked for Department of Conservation in Hokitika and Wellington. She is currently the Chair of the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network.
Mike is the current Chairperson of the Water and Wildlife Habitat Trust and has professional experience in environmental management, catchment management and leading community environmental groups in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. Mike is also a Trustee of the Eco Action Nursery Trust, supporting schools to grow eco sourced endemic plants for the red zone.
Mike grew up in Australia and lives in Christchurch.
Brynlea has qualifications in sustainability and outdoor education with a good understanding of behaviour change. She did a research dissertation on the motivators and barriers that students find when implementing pro-environmental behaviour.
She has professional experience in resource management. Brynlea has been involved in community gardens and has youth leadership skills.
Brynlea grew up in Christchurch, lives in Christchurch and enjoys the outdoors.Brynlea has qualifications in sustainability and outdoor education with a good understanding of behaviour change.
She did a research dissertation on the motivators and barriers that students find when implementing pro-environmental behaviour. She has professional experience in resource management.
Brynlea has been involved in community gardens and has youth leadership skills.
Brynlea grew up in Christchurch, lives in Christchurch and enjoys the outdoors.
Helen has a long-standing interest and professional involvement in groundwater and is a Hydrogeologist. She has an understanding of Christchurch and Canterbury groundwater systems and the impacts of agricultural intensification and earthquakes on groundwater.
Helen grew up in Britain and lives in Christchurch. She enjoys water-based recreation on the Ōtākaro/Avon River and other Canterbury waterways.
Clare has an interest in being actively involved in enhancing and supporting both our urban water supplies, and the water quality of our urban waterways/bodies. She has a degree in Social Science (Resource and Environmental Management) and a Masters in Environmental Policy. Clare is a resident of Central Christchurch and has a desire to see her children continuing to see fish in the urban rivers and play in the waterways. Clare works in the Planning and Consents team at the Christchurch City Council.
Cailin has a role as an Outdoor Educator in Ōtautahi, and has a strong connection to our environment. Cailin would love to help develop actions to sustain our environment and waterways for future generations to come. She supports the Zone Committee’s vision for its urban waterways to be healthy and for its communities to have a potable supply of untreated groundwater into the future.
Oscar is a student at the University of Canterbury, studying law and media and communications. He is a member of the Regional Leadership, Climate and Community Resilience Committee and was also previously a member of our Youth Rōpū.
Arapata has strong historical family ties with Christchurch waterways. His great-great great grandfather Te Muru was a Kaitiaki (guardian) for the Heathcote / Opawaho River.
Arapata and his family, who live in Tuahiwi, still have a deep sense of belonging with the natural environment and its ability to nourish whānau.
Arapata is currently employed with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as the Kāiarahi Whakapapa in the Whakapapa Unit.
Tyla has a strong natural affinity to the water that stems from the whenua in his region.
Descending from Ngai Tahu, Tyla was taught from a young age about the importance and the connection we have as kaitiaki (guardians) of the land and water.
Tyla is currently an owner of a sports company and a business consultant.
Amber Moke (Ngāi Tahu, Tainui) is multi-disciplinary with experience in visual communications and project support to a range of organisations, community groups and industries. She is currently assisting in research towards a Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge (SfTI) exploring Clean Water Technology (CWT) for Freshwater Wellbeing. She is also learning how to weave (raranga) and maintain the side projects while being a mum of two in Ōhinehou Lyttelton.
Christchurch City Council appointment
- Cr Mark Peters
Selwyn District Council appointment
- Cr Phil Dean
Environment Canterbury appointment
- Cr Greg Byrnes
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Zone Implementation Programmes
Zone Implementation Programmes - or ZIPs - were developed when Water Zone Committees were established. These bits of work followed the adoption of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy and aimed to provide overarching goals for water management in the ten different water zones of Waitaha/Canterbury.
While we may have moved on in terms of our priorities in each zone, ZIPs remain the foundation of the work we do.
Zone committee key resources
Download key documents developed by the committee, and view meeting minutes, agendas and presentations:
- See the Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee Action Plan Progress Reports
- See the Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee Action Plan 2021-2024
- View the Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct
- View agendas and meeting minutes for the Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee.
The committee has an email newsletter, which sends zone news, columns from the committee chair, and key events straight to your inbox. Sign up to our mailing list to receive these newsletters.
Advice and resources for farmers
Staff are available locally throughout the region to provide advice and assistance to farmers.
See information and resources for farmers in the Christchurch West Melton area on the Farmers' Hub page.
Local on-the-ground team
Staff deliver work related to the zone committee's recommendations through an on-the-ground team, also called zone delivery.
See a list of staff working in your area and find out how to contact them.