Kaikōura Water Zone Committee

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The Kaikōura Water Zone Committee is a group of people in our community that are passionate about water in Kaikōura. They meet monthly - the next meeting is on Wednesday 6 June from 1PM in the Council Chambers. Come along and listen in - the meetings are public! 

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

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 enhance the abundance and quality of life in the region. 

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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.

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Love the Lyell/Waikōau (May 2018)

The feeling in Kaikōura is that it is a time of evolution. The community is moving towards long-term and big goals. 

An update on the Lyell/Waikōau was given during the committee meeting, and was provided by Chloe Armour (Environment Canterbury Land Management Advisor). 

The project was developed to encourage community participation through restoration for the Lyell/Waikōau. In 2013 the Love the Lyell group asked the youth of Kaikōura what they wanted to see happen to Lyell/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 plantation area is around the Gillings Lane, with another near the iSite on West End.

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

There is now opportunity for planting to take place on private land too. If you, or someone you know, has a large section of land that they would be willing to donate (preferably on a farm), and that borders the Lyell Creek, get in touch with Chloe. The funding for vegetation could possibly be supplied by Environment Canterbury.*

Restoration planting is beneficial for waterways as it provides a natural 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. The project is ongoing.


*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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Last updated: 8 May 2018

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