Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee

Agenda

 

 

Notice of Meeting:

A meeting of the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee will be held on:

 

Date:                                     Tuesday 19 July 2016

Time:                                    4pm

Venue:                                 Rugby Club Rooms, Little River

 

 

Membership

Chairperson

Members

Steve Lowndes - Chair

Ian Lloyd - Community Representative          

Elizabeth  Cunningham - Commissioner Environment Canterbury        

Andrew Turner - Christchurch City Councillor           

Pam Richardson - Community Representative        

Kevin Simcock - Community Representative

Iaean Cranwell - Te Rūnanga o Wairewa        

June Swindells - Te Hapū  o Ngāti Wheke/Rapaki   

Riki Lewis - Te Runanga o Koukourarata         

Pere Tainui - Te Runanga o Onuku       

Claire Findlay - Community Representative 

Paula Smith - Community Representative    

Thomas Kulpe - Community Representative

 

 

13 July 2016

 

Principal Advisor

Peter  Kingsbury

Principal Advisor  Natural Resources

Tel: 941 8487

Christchurch City Council

Zone Facilitator

Lesley Woudberg

Zone Facilitator

Tel: 027 706 4273

Environment Canterbury

Committee Advisor

Warren Brixton

Council Secretariat

Tel: 021 233 4567

Christchurch City Council

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

1.       Apologies................................................................................................................................... 4

2.       Confirmation of Previous Minutes.......................................................................................... 4

3.       Matters Arising from the Minutes........................................................................................... 4

4.       Deputations by Appointment.................................................................................................. 4

5.       Identification of Urgent Items.................................................................................................. 4

6.       Identification of General Public Contribution........................................................................ 4

7.       Little River/Wairewa Big Idea................................................................................................ 13

8.       Update - Wairewa Catchment............................................................................................... 17

9.       Update - 5 Year Outcomes...................................................................................................... 19

10.     Update - Low Flows and Biodiversity.................................................................................... 23

11.     Review of progress on BPZC ZIP Chapter 4 Biodiversity recommendations..................... 29

12.     Verbal Updates........................................................................................................................ 39   

 

 


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1.   Apologies

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

That the minutes of the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee meeting held on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 (refer page 5) be confirmed.

3.   Matters Arising from the Minutes

4.   Deputations by Appointment

There were no deputations by appointment at the time the agenda was prepared. 

5.   Identification of Urgent Items

6.   Identification of General Public Contributions

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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7.        Little River/Wairewa Big Idea

Reference:

16/808976

Contact:

Lesley Woudberg

lesley.woudberg@ecan.govt.nz

027 706 4273

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to inform the committee of the work being undertaken by the Little River/Wairewa community and provide an opportunity to discuss where the work of the committee fits in and supports the community.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.         Receive for information and discussion the summary sheet “Little River Big Ideas” in Attachment A.

 

 

3.   Key Points

Please refer to Attachment A to view the summary sheet.

 

Attachments

No.

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"Little River Big Ideas" Summary Sheet

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8.        Update - Wairewa Catchment

Reference:

16/809077

Contact:

Lesley Woudberg

lesley.woudberg@ecan.govt.nz

027 706 4273

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to provide an update on the Wairewa Catchment including:

1.1.1   Condition of Te Roto O Wairewa

1.1.2   Progress on Plan Change 6 (Wairewa) to the Land and Water Regional Plan

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.         Receive the update on the Wairewa Catchment.

 

 

3.   Key Points

3.1       Condition of Te Roto O Wairewa

Monitoring equipment has recently been upgraded to allow for continuous monitoring of temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, Chlorophyll a (new) and cyanobacteria (new). 

Once a cyanobacteria bloom has been detected there is a protocol that requires two consecutive samples, a week apart, to be below guidelines values of cyanobacteria for the health warning to be lifted. At the time of writing the health warning had not been lifted.

3.2       Plan Change 6 (Wairewa) Land and Water Regional Plan

We are still waiting for the recommended decision from the Hearing Panel on Plan Change 6.

The process is once we receive the recommended decision, the recommendation will go to Environment Canterbury Commissioners for formal adoption. We expect the recommended decision to go to the Council meeting on 25 August or 29 September.

For previous plan change decisions the zone committee has been invited to a briefing the hour before the decision becomes public at the formal Council meeting.

3.3       New Signage

New signage has been erected at Catons Bay and Birdlings Flat indicating the current condition of the lake.

 

 

 

Attachments

There are no attachments to this report.

 

  


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9.        Update - 5 Year Outcomes

Reference:

16/809148

Contact:

Lesley Woudberg

lesley.woudberg@ecan.govt.nz

027 706 4273

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to provide Advocates’ updates on the 5 year outcomes.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.         Receive the updates from Advocates on actions on the 5 year Outcomes.

 

3.   Key Points

3.2       Access to Safe and Reliable Drinking Water – Riki Lewis and Pam Richardson.

             Active and ongoing discussions with Okains Bay.

3.1       Effective Flood Management in the Wairewa Catchment – Iaean Cranwell and Pam Richardson.

An update from Pam Richardson:

 

I am happy to be the sponsor for erosion planting including  indigenous vegetation. It will be right plant right place - poplar poles might be more appropriate depending on the situation (Refer also to stormwater management and sediment outcome).

 

A copies of a report on Land Stability Ecological Values and Native Restoration Planting and a Fact Sheet on Willow Planting will be available at the ZC mtg.

 

Rob Blakey's next report as part of the Wairewa River Rating District I would hope will provide some guidance for what to plant where -riparian planting to stabilize banks. . We should also be looking to have an open day / workshop using the Little River sites as a demonstration site and develop further  templates for other BP  work. . 


Subject: Champion for erosion planting

 

Right plant - Right place

 

Banks Peninsula landowner's have been planting trees in erosion prone areas of Banks Peninsula for many years. As you drive around you see areas that have been planted eg the Little River area on a hill block beside the main road some open space planting, Holmes Bay see photograph below of several groups of plantings
In the 80's there was a real focus on erosion plantings and properties had Soil and Conservation Plans prepared with Soil Conservation Officers planting plans agreed to and funding awarded for planting. Unfortunately this programme is not available today. The Canterbury Regional Council previously provided more active advice and worked with landowners.

 

The types of plantings 'picked ' were quick growing trees - mainly poplars and many different varieties can be seen across the Peninsula. Some of the poplar plantings have caused problems - suckered and maybe this is an issue because of very low stocking rates and steep terrain - stock will tend to keep away from areas with less favourable conditions.

 

Banks Peninsula landscapes are made of a matrix of exotic pasture,areas of indigenous vegetation and plantings  . Farmers look at their properties and know where they are going to get the best results.  They are aware of the soil types and   the land capability classification of their soils.  That is why we see many areas on Banks Peninsula being retired and where the better soils are being used to introduce new pastures.

 

Banks Peninsula was once covered by indigenous vegetation from side to side and the vegetation was stripped over countless years by both Maori and European settlers. The lowest point was the 1920’s when 1% of the indigenous vegetation cover remained - to day we have 15 /16 % coverage. All of this re growth has occurred while continuing to farm.

 

Our landowners have previously given considerable areas of indigenous vegetation to the Crown but today the landowners are themselves fencing covenanting and managing their own areas of significant indigenous vegetation.

 

Today there are so many pressures and demands and by the use of Farm Environment Plans we can help ourselves to look at what are the most pressing issues   e.g. keeping stock out of waterways, erosion plantings, fencing off significant indigenous vegetation, management of wetland areas etc. Good land management practices are important and all landowner's will prioritize as to what they can afford.

 

As the champion for erosion planting I am working towards raising the profile of the importance of good management of soils matching land use to soil types   including   retirement of areas and riparian and erosion planting . The type of plantings used will depend on where and what the programme is for.

 

I have started a reference file and Environment Canterbury also have many fact sheets and files available: 

Port Hills Land Stability and Ecological Values of Native Restoration -  Geoff Walls

Poplar and Willows Research trust fact sheet

Hillcountry Heroes fact sheet 

Soil stabilizing characteristics - Chris Philips and Michael Marden

  

Thanks Geoff for your assistance   

 

3.3       Improved Stormwater Management and Reduced Sediment Discharges – Paula Smith and Pam Richardson.

             Discussions with Council staff on possible treatment of road, track, subdivision cuttings weekend 9 July.

3.4       Operate at GMP – Ian Lloyd (I have spoken to Pam and we will be working closely together on this).

·        My initial focus is to ensure that I am up to speed on GMP and am applying them to my property. I have read the GMP guidelines and meet with Ian Brown and Geoff Thompson (ECan Staff) on 1/7/2016 to discuss details. Many of the GMP guidelines are not particularly relevant to Banks Peninsula (Irrigation, intensive grazing, extensive cultivation, dairy effluent discharge etc).  Other zones have produced simplified one pagers on the key GMP’s for their zone.  I will work with Geoff and others to produce a draft which I will run past the Zone Committee.

 

·        A key tool in implementing GMP is the development and adoption of Farm Environmental Plans.  Currently Farm Environmental Plans are voluntary on the Peninsula but they are required under the notified version of Plan Change 5.  Note a number of farmers already have formal ones and most will have one in their head.  The Beef and Lamb Farm Environmental plan template is considered the most relevant for BP farms.

 

·        Beef and Lamb are running a Farm Plan workshop on the 15th July in Little River.  I will be attending both to produce my own Farm plan and to observe the process and farmer engagement.  Geoff and I are ringing round and should easy fill the 20 available spaces.  While we are focused on Wairewa we are trying to include at least one farmer from the other main bays. I will give a verbal update at the Zone Committee meeting.  A big thank you goes to Geoff for his work organising the workshop and engaging with the BP rural community.

 

·        Pam and I have discussed ways to further engage with the rural community through discussion groups, field days etc.

 

·        As part of the advocate role I am also keen to show all Zone Committee members what GMP looks like on farm so we can all become advocates.  Would the Zone Committee be keen on a short field visit prior to one of our Zone Committee meetings to visit a farm and briefly discuss with a farmer what GMP actually means on the ground? We would probably wait until summer but I just want to gauge interest at this stage.

 

3.5       The Value of Biodiversity is Recognised in its Own Right and Embraced Through Kaitiakitanga - Thomas Kulpe.

             Discussions on biodiversity monitoring with ECan staff – 6 July.

3.6       Support Community Ownership - Claire Findlay.

 

3.7       Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour Catchment Plan – June Swindells, Cr Andrew Turner and Commissioner Cunningham.

MOU to Christchurch City Council 14 July and Environment Canterbury week 21 July.

Science advisory group to be confirmed.

 

 

3.8       Raise awareness and understanding of Climate Change Effects – Steve Lowndes.

Chairs comment week 11 July - Bay Harbour News and Akaroa Mail stories Climate Change, storms, flooding and sediment.

 

3.9       Resource consent monitoring is prioritised within the zone – Kevin Simcock and Ian Lloyd.

 

 

Attachments

There are no attachments to this report.

 

 


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10.    Update - Low Flows and Biodiversity

Reference:

16/809636

Contact:

Lesley Woudberg 

lesley.woudberg@ecan.govt.nz

027 706 4273

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to provide the Committee with the minutes of the meeting held on 5 October 2015 on low flows and biodiversity, and to provide an opportunity for the Zone Committee to discuss priorities and next steps.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.         Receive the minutes on low flows and biodiversity dated 5 October 2015.

 

 

3.   Key Points

3.1       Refer to Attachment A for the minutes “Low Flows and Biodiversity Discussion” dated 5 October 2015.

3.2       Environment Canterbury has provided in the Annual Plan 2016/17 for work to assess the impact of permitted takes on Banks Peninsula.

3.3       Water meters are required on water takes of 5 l/sec or more. There are approximately 20 surface and groundwater takes on Banks Peninsula taking 5 l/sec or more. Ten of these takes are around Akaroa Harbour.

3.4       Currently a limit setting process, in the context of a change to the Land and Water Regional Plan, for Banks Peninsula (excluding Wairewa) is not planned or provided for in Environment Canterbury’s Long-Term or Annual Plan.

 

Attachments

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Low Flows and Biodiversity Minutes - 5 October 2015

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11.    Review of progress on BPZC ZIP Chapter 4 Biodiversity recommendations

Reference:

16/814621

Contact:

Peter Kingsbury

peter.kingsbury@ccc.govt.nz

027 599 4615

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to present to the zone committee the progress on achieving the BPZC ZIP Chapter 4 Biodiversity recommendations.  The attached document (Attachment A) should be considered as a draft and is for further discussion and review at the meeting.  Of most significance is the need to identify any further actions required of the zone committee to help further/achieve the recommendations.

2.   Background

2.1       At the meeting on 22 April 2016 the zone committee started the process of reviewing progress on achieving the ZIP and ZIPA recommendations with a review of the Chapter 6 Te Roto o Wairewa ZIP recommendations. 

2.2       The purpose of reviewing progress on the recommendations is to assist the zone committee to gauge its specific contribution to fulfilling the recommendations, for reporting back to the community and the regional CWMS committee on progress, and for identifying priorities for future work.

2.3       The review process also allows the zone committee to consider the usefulness and appropriateness of the recommendations themselves.  This will provide valuable context and understanding for when the zone committee formally reviews the ZIP and ZIPA.

2.4       The other ZIP recommendations will be reviewed, chapter by chapter, at subsequent zone committee meetings.  ZIP chapters reviewed to date are Chapter 2 Water Quality, Chapter 3 Water Quantity, Chapter 6 Te Roto O Wairewa and Chapter 8 Climate Change.

 

3.   Staff Recommendations

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.         Receive Attachment A as a fair and reasonable summary review of work completed to help achieve BPZC ZIP Chapter 4 Biodiversity recommendations.

 

 

 

Attachments

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Page

a

Review of Zone Implementation Programme Recommendations - Chapter 4 Biodiversity

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12.    Verbal Updates

Reference:

16/809726

Contact:

Lesley Woudberg  

lesley.woudberg@ecan.govt.nz

027 706 4273

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       Verbal updates will be provided to the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee on the following:

1.1.1   Whakaraupō

1.1.2   Community Boards

1.1.3   Other

1.2       For Information

1.2.1   Recent media reports

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee receive the information provided.

 

 

Attachments

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