Wai We Care: Central zones

Zone committee members discuss what it means to them to be part of local water management.

Central water zones

  • Selwyn Waihora
  • Christchurch West Melton
  • Banks Peninsula

Central water zones spokesperson and Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee member, James Booker, speaks about his interest in the water quality issues in the Te Waihora catchment, and why that drove him to apply to become a part of the local committee.

 
James Booker Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee member

Selwyn Waihora

James Booker – Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee member

James joined the Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee to contribute his skills, and to learn more about water from other passionate people.

“I am especially interested in the multi-generational water quality issues surrounding the Te Waihora catchment.

"The biggest challenge will be deciding as a collective community how we best influence positive changes for the environment,” James said.

Read more on the Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee.

Oscar Bloom Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee member

Christchurch West Melton

Oscar Bloom – Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee member

Oscar joined the Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee through his involvement as a Youth Rōpū for Environment Canterbury.

“We as a Rōpū created roles on the water zone committees, which I believe are extremely empowering and significant.

"I’m passionate about having fair representation around the table when our precious water is being discussed.

"My focus is particularly on ensuring young people get a fair say in what will affect future generations,” Oscar said.

Read more on the Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee.

Trudi Bishop Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee member

Banks Peninsula

Trudi Bishop – Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee member

Trudi joined the Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee so she could help make a positive impact on water management in her area.

“I have witnessed how our waterways have degraded over the last few decades. I wanted to give back to my community, helping in a small or large way to look after our precious water and environment.

“For me, water is life. Every aspect of our lives and environment is connected to it. We owe it to our tamariki, our mokopuna, and ourselves to look after this life force,” Trudi said.

Read more on the Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee.