The Christchurch–West Melton Water Management Zone Committee meeting schedule.
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22 July 2013: Zone Committee focussed on storm water management4 April 2013: Christchurch–West Melton Zone Committee meeting27 February 2013: Christchurch–West Melton Zone Committee meeting
The Christchurch–West Melton Zone Committee was formed in late 2011 to work with the community to make consensus based decisions about water management in the zone. The committee's Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) for water management provides recommendations to deliver the targets of the CWMS.The ZIP was finalised following extensive community engagement and, having been endorsed by councils, it now forms the basis for water management work programmes.The committee is now focussed on implementing its priority recommendations for water management.It is also looking at some topics in more depth including earthquake recovery, water efficiency, stormwater management and the ecological values of the Avon - Heathcote Estuary / Ihutai.The committee has identified improving urban stormwater management as critical to implementing the CWMS in the zone. The committee has recommended a community-led approach is taken to developing innovative, desirable, effective, and affordable stormwater management solutions.The Christchurch - West Melton Zone Committee as a joint committee of Christchurch City and Selwyn District councils and Environment Canterbury. It features six community members as well as three Rūnanga representatives and three from council.
Last year nine Christchurch youth aged between 14 and 24 attended a two-day hui to get involved in local water management.
The hui was organised by Environment Canterbury in conjunction with the Christchurch – West Melton Zone Committee.
The vision of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS) is to enable present and future generations the greatest benefits from our water resources within an environmentally sustainable framework.
For this reason it is vital for young people to be involved in the process now and ensure they have the information and the interest to contribute.
On the first day of the hui participants undertook a full-day field trip to visit significant sites for water management in Christchurch.
Following this, the students went to Rehua Marae to reflect on the day's activities and learn about Ngāi Tahu values, before staying the night on the marae.
The next day the group was welcomed by Environment Canterbury Commissioner David Caygill and heard from the Ministry of Youth Development on how to get the voice of youth heard.
This was followed by a session on the Christchurch–West Melton Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) and its vision for local water management. The group made a formal response to the ZIP.The Christchurch youth hui is the first in what is hoped to be a series across the ten CWMS zones.
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