The Waimakariri Water Zone Committee meets on the first Monday of each month.
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Tutaepatu Lagoon near Woodend Beach is being transformed from a weed-infested waterway into an indigenous coastal ecosystem thanks to $200 000 of restoration funding from the Waimakariri Zone Committee.
Over 30 000 native trees have been planted around the edge of the lagoon over the last five years using the funding which is part of Environment Canterbury’s Immediate Steps programme. Grey willow and old man’s beard have been removed along with more than 800 pest animals to allow native species such as kahikatea, mudfish, morepork and bittern to thrive throughout the lagoon area.
Tūhaitara Coastal Park general manager Greg Byrnes describes the progress as “phenomenal”.
“We’re seeing a much wider range of species in the lagoon and park area now and that’s due to the native planting providing a greater range of food sources and also the trapping of predators, especially hedgehogs which eat chicks and eggs.”
Greg is delighted to see increasing numbers of native birds and rare indigenous species like Canterbury mudfish returning to the lagoon which was surrounded by exotic weeds when the restoration project began in 2010.
“We’re seeing a much wider range of birds in and around the lagoon from wildfowl to forest birds like the kingfisher, fantail and bellbird. This means that the work we’re doing is really paying off and is helping to transform the lagoon back to the way nature intended it to be.” Read more...
I encourage you and your friends to attend one of the community meetings scheduled as part of this second round of engagement in preparation for Sub-Regional planning due to start mid-2016. Whilst it is a busy time of year for everybody, please take this opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of the zone and forthcoming sub-regional process. Share your views and ideas, and maybe take a leadership role in a local group. Ultimately the result of the process will impact upon each and every one of us in the future.
Waimakariri Zone Committee Annual Report for 2015
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Waimakariri ZIP (pdf 8.27 MB)
Waimakariri Management Zone - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 230 kB)
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