The Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee meeting schedule.
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 Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan and proposed Plan Change 3 to the Natural Resources Regional Plan at a Council meeting .
The proposed Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan sets a load limit for nitrogen and phosphorus in the Hurunui River catchment which aligns with key recommendations from the zone committee.
The Plan 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 Plan also supports the Waitohi River as a preferred location for major water storage and prohibits damming of Lake Sumner and the South Branch of Hurunui River. It also changes the minimum flows for both the Hurunui and Waiau rivers.
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.
At the committee's December meeting, its last for 2013, DairyNZ and Fonterra provided an update on current and planned activities including the proposal to complete farm environment plans for all dairy farms within the Amuri Irrigation scheme by the end of 2014
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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