The Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee meeting schedule
The catchment-wide approach to nutrient management needs to be fair for all farmers. Improved nutrient management in the Hurunui Waiau Zone is crucial if we are going to provide for both more development as well as better environmental and cultural outcomes, as envisaged by the zone committee.
The Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan (HWRRP) aims to improve water quality by setting catchment-wide limits for key nutrients – nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P).
The zone committee is very encouraged that many land users are aware of, and involved in, nutrient management as part of the catchment-wide approach to improving water quality. Many farmers now know what the nutrient losses are from their farm. Farmers are doing Farm Environment Plans that identify actions to improve nutrient management. Read more...
12 June 2014: Farmer survey discussion at Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee
17 February 2014: Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee Meeting
16 December 2013: Hurunui-Waiau appoints new community member
12 July 2013: Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee Meeting
The Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee was the first of the 10 zone committees established in Canterbury to work with local communities to develop water management solutions that deliver the goals of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS).
The initial focus of the committee was to develop a Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) for water management. This was completed in August 2011, following extensive community and stakeholder engagement.
The 66 recommendations in the ZIP represent the community’s broad consensus on the best solutions for managing water in the zone, and were provided to the regional and district councils for implementation, which included the preparation of the proposed Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan (HWRRP).
In April 2013 Environment Canterbury formally accepted the recommendations from a hearing panel on the proposed HWRRP and proposed Plan Change 3 to the Natural Resources Regional Plan at a Council meeting .
The Plan, which became operative in late 2013, sets a load limit for nitrogen and phosphorus in the Hurunui River catchment which aligns with key recommendations from the zone committee.
It requires all farmers to sign up to a collective audited self-management scheme, and prepare a farm environment plan from 2017, which also aligns with the committee’s recommendations for best practice farming programmes.
The committee is now faced with the challenge implementing its ZIP and the HWRRP to achieve the nitrogen and phosphorus load limits for Hurunui River while also enabling further irrigation development.
The focus for the committee is now on working with farmers on developing Farm Environmental Plans, using Overseer, and forming audited self-management (ASM) collectives.
The committee is particularly focussing on working with the community to promote on the ground actions to reduce nutrient loss and allow more room for development.
The Hurunui Water Project’s Waitohi River storage proposal was granted consent in early August 2013.
For a perspective piece from the zone committee chair click the link below.
David Eder opinion piece (198 kB)
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Hurunui-Waiau ZIP (pdf 1.15 MB)
Hurunui–Waiau Water Management Zone - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 230 kB)
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