The Orari Temuka Opihi Pareora water zone committee is a joint committee of Timaru District Council, Mackenzie District Council and Environment Canterbury. It is in the rohe of Arowhenua rūnanga.
The committee's role is to work with the community to develop actions and tactics to deliver on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
It recommends these actions and tactics to various agencies for implementation.
Lucy has a strong passion for the environment and loves the outdoors. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Canterbury.
Lucy currently works for Opuha Water Ltd as their Farm Environment Plan Programme Manager. In this role, Lucy is involved in introducing Opuha shareholders to Farm Environment Plans and ways they can make changes to reduce their environmental impact.
Lucy, her husband and two daughters live near Temuka where they run an engineering business.
Luke and his wife manage a family cropping farm near Temuka and is very aware of the importance of water to the district. Luke whakapapa’s to Arowhenua marae, located between the Temuka and Opihi rivers.
As a young boy Luke lived at the river, swimming, fishing and eeling and considers the rivers tapu (sacred). Luke is keen to find a balance between competing values for water.
Luke is a coach in the Temuka rugby club and has played rugby in England, Italy and Japan.
Glen Smith has been on the Orari Temuka Opihi Pareora (OTOP) Zone Committee from 2017 and is the Chair of the Lower Orari Catchment Group. He lives in Peel Forest area and farms between the Rangitata and Orari Rivers.
John Cruden is a keen fisherman who resides in Pleasant Point. He has previously been a Councillor for Central South Island Fish and Game and is a retired school principal and teacher.
- John Henry - Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua
- Vacant - Te Rūnanga o Waihao
Cr Barbara Gilchrist - Timaru District Council
Anne Munro - Mackenzie District Council
- Cr Tom O'Connor - Waimate District Council
- Cr Elizabeth McKenzie
How are zone committee members selected?
Water zone committee members are appointed after councils advertise for expressions of interest from the community.
Applicants are assessed on skills, expertise and experience, as well as their ability to work together to develop water management solutions to economic, social, cultural and environmental issues.
Each water zone committee has between seven and 10 members, including:
- An Environment Canterbury appointee
- A local territorial authority councillor
- A rūnanga appointee
- Between four and six local members nominated from the community who come from a variety of backgrounds and interests.
Members serve for three years, meeting every few weeks to gather information from stakeholders and the community to ensure all interests are represented.
Meetings and agendas
Find out when your zone's next meeting is and read the agenda.