Kaikōura Water Zone Committee

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Kaikōura Water Zone Committee is a group of people in our community that are passionate about water in Kaikōura.

They meet monthly and the next meeting is on Wednesday 4 July from 12.30PM in the Council Chambers. Come along and listen in - the meetings are public! 

The Kaikōura Water Zone is one of the most tectonically active parts of New Zealand and features diverse landscapes, biodiversity and land uses over short distances. It's distinctively rocky coast in close proximity to high mountains gives rise to many short, steep, swift-flowing rivers. The vision for Kaikōura is to ensure its water enhances the abundance and quality of life in the region. 

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Meeting: 06/06/2018

June's Water Zone Committee Meeting had an in-depth update on the Biodiversity Action Plan for the Waiau Toa/Clarence catchment. The management plan is proposed as a 5 year work programme from 2016 to 2020, building on the success and collaboration established through weed management in the catchment over the last two and a half years. Daniel from Amuri Helicopters displayed the data logged for plant pest areas, and the work that has been done over the last 2.5years. 

The aim of the project is to protect braided river habitat from the threat of weeds and to ensure that the native flora and fauna can continue to thrive. 

In terms of funding, the Kaikōura Water Zone Committee (KWZC) funded three Immediate Steps projects in the upper and lower Waiau Toa/Clarence in 2015 which came to a combined $148,000. This funding helped establish a work programme and start the project for weed management in the area. 

The Kaikōura Water Zone Committee committed to ongoing Immediate Steps funding in the upper and lower Clarence/Waiau-toa for 2016 to 2020 which comes to a total of $250,000 (based on $50,000 per year for five years).

The problem areas have been systematically approached, with all parties involved working to fit pest areas together like a puzzle. The area has been extensively and accurately mapped, which allows for easier management and identification of problem areas in the Waiau Toa/Clarence catchment. 

SBBG image Water Zone Committee agenda June3

 A report was submitted to inform the Zone Committee and stakeholders of the development of a Southern Black Backed Gull/Karoro strategy for Canterbury.

Research on braided rivers has highlighted that SBBG are predatory to other bird species that are dependent on braided river environments. With the land clearance and conversion to agriculture seen in Canterbury, SBBG have formed larger colonies than previously seen - which in turn means they have greater impact on the smaller bird species. 

Because the gulls predate the eggs and chicks of most species found in braided river environments, Environment Canterbury have contracted a company to develop a Strategy to deal with this ongoing issue. The Zone Committee look forward to seeing where this project goes. 

Other updates in the June meeting included:

  • Committee updates: Nutrient Management and Water Efficiency working group update, Love the Lyell/Waikōau working group update, communications update and confirmation of powers of Zone Committee update letter
  • A welcome to Makarini Rupene who will be the Cultural Land Management Advisor for ECan in Kaikōura over the next three months. His role is supported by the Kaikōura Plains Recovery Project
  • Kaikōura District Council Works and Services (3 Waters) report circulated

See full agenda and meeting papers here.

Ted's Talk:

Update from Water Zone Committee member Ted Howard.

6 June 2018 - All about septic tanks! The importance of having one that works, and keeping it checked regularly.

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Meeting: 02/05/2018

The KWZC met on Wednesday 2 May for their monthly meeting. They covered updates on their working groups, the CWMS Regional Committee Meeting, Watershed Symposium, Kaikōura Zone Delivery Team, the Kaikōura Water Zone Committee Annual Report, Waiau Toa integrated weed and predator management project and the Waiau Toa River Weed survey.

See full agenda and meeting papers here.

Love the Lyell/Waikōau update

An update on the Love the Lyell Group was given during the Kaikōura water zone committee meeting, and was provided by Chloe Armour (Environment Canterbury Land Management Advisor). 

The project was developed to help restore Lyell Creek/Waikōau with community participation. In 2013 the Love the Lyell group asked the youth of Kaikōura what they wanted to see happen to Lyell Creek/Waikōau. The general consensus was that they wanted to be able to swim in it, which prompted the planting and clean up days. There are now approximately four sites around town that have been planted on.

The aim was to have one planting per year in autumn, and one clean up in spring-although activity has been on hold since the earthquakes. Historically the planting has occurred on public/Council-owned land and it has been conducted in stages, so that the children can see how the plants grow year to year. The biggest planting area is behind Mitre10 and Gills, with another in the reserve near the SH1 bridge on Beach Road.

So far most of the schools in Kaikōura, as well as the Youth Council, the Lions, the Ladies Lions, Forest and Bird, BNZ and Fonterra have taken part in planting and clean up days.

There is now opportunity for community planting days to take place on private land too. If you, or someone you know, has a large section of land bordering Lyell Creek that they would be willing to host a community planting day on (preferably on a farm), get in touch with Chloe. The funding for native plants could possibly be supplied through the Kaikoura Water Zone Committee.*

Restoration planting is beneficial for waterways as it provides a naturalEnviro. 8 filtration system for the water before it enters the stream. The vegetation zone acts as a buffer between the land and water, improving water quality, protecting land from erosion and flood damage (through bank stabilisation) and provides habitat for both land and aquatic wildlife. 

The purpose of the planting is to benefit the environment and create an area that is clean and green. This project is ongoing.

Kev's Corner:

Update from Environment Canterbury's Kaikōura zone manager Kevin Heays.

4 May 2018 - The Peketa phenomenon, temporary consents, home water storage, drainage management and more.


*The planting would be voluntary and by members of the public. The responsibility for long term maintenance of the plantings would fall to the property owner. 

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7 June 2018