Lower Waitaki Water Zone Committee

The Lower Waitaki South Coastal Canterbury water zone committee is a joint committee of Waimate District Council, Waitaki District Council and Environment Canterbury. The zone is in the rohe of Kāti Huirapa.

The committee's role is to work with the community to develop actions and tactics to deliver on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

It recommends these actions and tactics to various agencies for implementation, including councils, through a Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP).

The Lower Waitaki South Coastal Canterbury water zone committee has been operating since 2010 is now overseeing the ZIP's implementation, along with several addenda, ensuring the integration of agency work and resolving any ongoing resource management dilemmas.

It meets monthly on the third Wednesday of each month and meetings are open to the public.

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Community members
Bruce Murphy - Chair

Bruce Murphy is a second generation farmer who runs a large scale farming business in the Glenavy and Otaio areas, employing upwards of 25 workers. He was a member of the Nutrient Allocation Reference Group(NARG), Federated Farmers, DairyNZ and many other organisations. His community representation includes serving as Glenavy Board of Trustees Chairman, Glenavy Pool Trust Chairman, member of NARG, and member of the Waimate Vet Trust.

Jared Ross - Deputy Chair

Jared Ross is a mixed livestock farmer in the Kurow Duntroon Irrigation Company (KDIC) expansion command area in the Waitaki Valley. Recently Jared has been appointed on the KDIC board. He is currently Chairman of Federated Farmers North Otago Dairy and has previously been a volunteer in the local fire brigade. Jared is also a member of the CSI Beef and Lamb Farmer council.

He has a Bachelor Agricultural Commerce (Farm Management). Jared believes strongly in the importance of environmentally responsible agriculture.

Barney Hoskins

Barney Hoskins has a background in construction and teaching and is actively involved in a range of recreational activities including hiking, fishing, kayaking and swimming in and around local waterways.

Kate White 

Kate runs an irrigated farm on the banks of the Waitaki River and a commercial beekeeping business in the Waitaki and Hakataramea valleys and the Omarama basin.

She initiated the Kurow Community Group during Project Aqua, started the Waitaki Environmental Trust and the Ahuriri Resource Trust, among other community activities.

Kate also spent 10 years on the Organic Exporters Committee when working for the Natural History New Zealand documentary production unit, where she developed her awareness of water-related issues.

Brent Packham

Brent Packman has been on the Zone Committee since its inception and was initially included as part of the public set up the process.

While interested in and supportive of all issues relating to water quality and waterways enhancement, Brent has a particular interest in the effect of vegetation and habitat to enhance braided river birds and in-stream life.

Some years ago, he was involved in a project involving the release of salmon into the Otago Harbour.  He has also been chair of the Waitaki salmon enhancement project.

Daniel Isbister

Daniel Isbister is a dairy farmer who lives on the banks of the Waitaki River, where for most of his life he has used the river for fishing, shooting, boating and swimming, as well as for irrigation.

Daniel is a keen fly-fisherman and has been a councillor of Central South Island Fish and Game for three terms.

Emily Anderson - Secondment
Emily lives in rural North Otago. She has been passionate about environmental sustainability from a young age which led to a degree in Resource Management from Lincoln University, a post graduate diploma in Environmental Education from Teachers College and currently pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Massey University.
Emily has worked in the Lower Waitaki Zone in Environmental Advisory roles for the last 4 and a half years where she has developed and maintained many key relationships with important stakeholders in the Lower Waitaki Zone including farmers, industry and rūnanga.
Read the Memo from 20 February 2019 - Secondment to Lower Waitaki Zone Committee
Rūnanga representatives
  • Keiran Whyte - Te Rūnanga o Moeraki
  • Suzanne Eddington - Te Rūnanga o Waihao
  • Michael McMillan - Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua
Council appointments
  • Cr Jim Hopkins - Waitaki District Council

  • Cr Fabia Fox - Waimate District Council

Environment Canterbury appointment
  • Cr Nicole Marshall

View agendas and meeting papers

How are zone committee members selected?

Water zone committee members are appointed after councils advertise for expressions of interest from the community.

Applicants are assessed on skills, expertise and experience, as well as their ability to work together to develop water management solutions to economic, social, cultural and environmental issues.

Each water zone committee has between seven and 10 members, including:

  • An Environment Canterbury appointee
  • A local territorial authority councillor
  • A rūnanga appointee
  • Between four and six local members nominated from the community who come from a variety of backgrounds and interests.
  • Watch the video(external link) to learn more about zone delivery in Canterbury.

Members serve for three years, meeting every few weeks to gather information from stakeholders and the community to ensure all interests are represented.

Upcoming meetings and agendas

The Lower Waitaki water zone committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month and meetings are open to the public.