Waimakariri water zone committee

The Waimakariri Water Zone Committee is a joint committee of Waimakariri District Council and Environment Canterbury. The zone is within the takiwā of Ngāi Tūāhuriri. Rivers, streams, lagoons and wetlands have always been an important place and food basket for the rūnanga.

What does the Waimakariri Water Zone Committee do?

The committee works with community members and an on-the-ground team made up of Environment Canterbury staff to implement water management work programmes in the Waimakariri area.

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Community members

Martha Jolly

Martha Jolly is based in Rangiora and has over 20-years experience in a clinical veterinary practice. She is currently completing a Masters in Water Resource Management and is a member of the Styx Living Laboratory Trust.

Claire Aldhamland

Claire has lived in Kainga, adjacent to the Waimakariri River, for over 15 years and leads the Creative Arts Faculty at Rangiora High School. Claire has held numerous community roles over the years. She was President of the NZ Holsteiner Breeders Assn and is the current Kainga Residents Assn Secretary. She has a passion for collaborative learning and the local environment of the Waimakariri. 

Carolyne Latham - Chair

For a number of years now Carolyne has worked as a Service Provider on contract to Land Information New Zealand doing High Country Tenure Review; a process under the Crown Pastoral Land Act which enables high country Crown pastoral land with conservation values to be freed from the lease and retained in crown ownership as public conservation land. In addition, she has owned and operated a sheep and beef farm with her husband for over 25 years. In recent years Carolyne has attended a number of courses on sustainable farming.

Erin Harvie - Deputy Chair
Erin Harvie is an environmental consultant and resident of Kaiapoi. Erin has worked within the Waimakariri District for most of her professional career.
As an environmental consultant, Erin is familiar with planning requirements and has a comprehensive understanding of CWMS targets
Ruby Gill-Clifford - Youth Representative

Ruby is currently studying at the University of Canterbury, towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in environmental science and geography, and a minor in Māori and indigenous studies. She spent most her time growing up in the Hurunui and Waimakariri districts, and went to Rangiora high school for her secondary education. Ruby has always had a keen interest in restoring te taiao, and ensuring there is meaningful representation in decision making spaces.

Rūnanga representatives

  • Arapata Reuben -  Te Ngāi Tuahuriri Rūnanga 

  • John Cooke - Te Ngāi  Tuahuriri Rūnanga

Council appointment

  • Tim Fulton - Waimakariri District Council

Environment Canterbury appointment

  • Cr Claire McKay

Get in touch

Murray Griffin— Zone Facilitator  027 705 4798  murray.griffin@ecan.govt.nz

Stephen Bragg — Tangata Whenua Facilitator  027 487 3892  stephen.bragg@ecan.govt.nz

Vacant — Zone Delivery Lead

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.

Following the adoption of the Waimakariri Zone Implementation Plan Addendum (ZIPA), the committee worked with the community to develop additional actions to help address land and freshwater challenges in the zone. These were reflected in the ZIPA and were used to inform changes to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan.

View the Waimakariri Zone Implementation Plan Addendum (PDF File, 8MB).

More information

Email newsletters

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 for farmers

Staff are available locally throughout the region to provide advice and assistance to farmers.

See information and resources for farmers on the Farmers' Hub page.

staff observing bird wildlife

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.