Local projects and priorities

We've agreed on several areas of priority for the Ōrāri Temuka Ōpihi Pareora water zone. Read about some of our current projects on this page.

Key projects

Waitarakao Washdyke Lagoon Catchment

We are one of several organisations involved in planning for the future of Washdyke Waitarakao Lagoon through the Our Waitarakao project. We are working with others to understand, research and plan what improvements are needed to support this environment for the betterment of the community.

Find out more about the Washdyke Waitarakao Lagoon.


Otipua-Saltwater Creek catchment

Otipua-Saltwater Creek is a popular waterway and a great spot for a walk or bike ride, home to the local rowing club, as well as native plants and wildlife. But issues with weed, water quality and flow levels mean that we need to carefully manage this water resource in the future.

Find out more about the Otipua-Saltwater Creek catchment project.


Kakahu phosphorus management project

The Kakahu River has poor water quality and we are working with all landowners and contractors in the Kakahu catchment to improve its health, as part of a phosphorus management project. 

We are providing:

  • Free advice on mitigations to reduce phosphorus and contaminant run-off to waterways
  • Assistance with funding support for on-farm works
  • Access to mapping tools and other practical support.

Contact Nicky Reddecliffe Land Management and Biodiversity Advisor for more information. 


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.

Rapeseed field in Timaru

Farming in the zone

Find more information on consents, tools, rules and responsibilities that might apply to your farm.

Visit the Farmers' hub to find zone-specific farming information.

Planting at Burkes pass

Community support

We provide support to community organisations for projects and initiatives that align with our priorities.

See types of support available and how to apply.


Mahinga kai

Mahinga kai/mahika kai is about the value of natural resources that sustain life, including the life of people.

Read more about mahinga kai and why it's important we protect it.