Ted talks - November 2020

Hear from Kaikōura Water Zone Committee Chair Ted Howard, on Love the Lyell’s annual community event and current hot topics for the Committee.

Love the Lyell annual community event a hit

October saw another successful Love the Lyell planting day. More than 650 plants made it into the ground, with around 50 Kaikōura High School students, teachers, and community members in attendance.

Native flaxes, sedges and trees were planted along the banks of Warrens Creek, which feeds into Lyell Creek/Waikōau. This planting will help provide a more diverse range of habitat for native insect and bird species, while increasing the stability of the stream banks.

Landowner Paul Harnett, land manager Biddy Getz, Te Hā o Mātauranga – Learning in Kaikōura’s Mani Columbus, and Forest and Bird’s Barry Dunnett, and several other locals all helped on the day too.

It’s always great to see projects like these supported by the community, and they wouldn’t be possible without landowners who are willing to protect and enhance areas with biodiversity values.

Special thanks go to land management and biodiversity advisor Heath Melville for pulling the day together and rallying the troops to get the job done.

Future of freshwater in Kaikōura

At our October meeting, we discussed priority projects that the Committee would like to put forward to Environment Canterbury’s Long-Term Plan, and the general future of waterways in Kaikōura District.

Waiau Toa/Clarence and Lyell Creek/Waikōau both continue to be some of the most important waterways in the district to protect and enhance, but we need to keep working on the smaller ones too like Warrens Creek, as they have a direct impact on our larger streams and rivers.

Understanding that our waterways are a network and seeing projects starting to connect to one another across the district is encouraging, contributing to positive freshwater management and outcomes - ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea).

Central Government’s Essential Freshwater package

We were also provided with an update on Environment Canterbury’s current assessment of the Government’s Essential Freshwater package at our October meeting.

Environment Canterbury is seeing how the new rules fit in with existing ones, and will be providing more specific advice on the implications of the package once the new requirements have been assessed against the current planning framework.

We know that this topic has been fresh on Kaikōura farmers’ minds. I encourage you to check out the information on our website, including some FAQs, or to get in touch if you have any further questions.

Final meeting of the year

We have one more meeting left for the year, with the hopes to make it out and see some of the work that has been going on in Waiau Toa/Clarence.

With no meetings in December or January, we will aim to be back on board in February, well-rested and with fresh goals in mind for the coming year.

Ngā mihi,

Ted.