The Ōrāri Temuka Ōpihi 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.

OTOP Zone Committee

Ōrāri Temuka Ōpihi Pareora water zone committee

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Community members
Lucy Millar - Chair

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 Reihana

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

Glen Smith has been on the Ōrāri Temuka Ōpihi Pareora (OTOP) Zone Committee from 2017 and is the Chair of the Lower Ōrāri Catchment Group.  He lives in Peel Forest area and farms between the Rangitata and Ōrāri Rivers.



Rūnanga representatives
  • John Henry - Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua
  • Vacant - Te Rūnanga o Waihao
Council appointments
  • Cr Barbara Gilchrist - Timaru District Council; Deputy Chair

  • Anne Munro - Mackenzie District Council

  • Cr Tom O'Connor - Waimate District Council
Environment Canterbury representative 
  • 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.

See our video about managing water in Canterbury(external link).

Meetings and agendas

Find out when your zone's next meeting is and read the agenda.

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Zone Implementation Programmes

Zone Implementation Programmes or 'ZIPs' were developed in the early stages of the zone committees' existence, following the adoption of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

While we may have moved on in terms of our priorities in each zone, ZIPs remain the foundation of the work we do.

You can download the Ōrāri Temuka Ōpihi Pareora ZIP using the button at the bottom of the page, view submissions on the draft ZIP here and download and read a summary of feedback here.