Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

Agenda

 

 

Notice of Meeting:

A meeting of the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee will be held on:

 

Date:                                     Thursday 23 November 2017

Time:                                    6.00pm

Venue:                                 Environment Canterbury,
200 Tuam Street

 

 

Membership

Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

Members

Arapata Reuben Tūāhuriri Rūnanga

Suzanne Furkert Community Representative

Councillor Pauline Cotter Christchurch City Council

Councillor Debra Hasson Selwyn District Council

Councillor Tom Lambie Environment Canterbury

Herewini Banks Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke/Rapaki

Les Wanhalla Te Taumutu Rūnanga

Andrew Congalton Community Representative

Chris Kelliher Community Representative

Robert Wynn-Williams Community Representative

Kevin Brown Community Representative

Lance Kenyon Community Representative

If you require access to the ECan building after the meeting has started, please phone Shelley Washington on 027 294 5219

 

16 November 2017

 

Principal Advisor

Diane Shelander

Senior Policy Analyst

Tel: 941 8304

Christchurch City Council

Zone Facilitator

Shelley Washington

Tel: 027 294 5219

Environment Canterbury

Committee Advisor

Liz Ryley

Tel: 941 8153

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

STAFF REPORTS

7.       Avon-Ōtākaro Catchments - Actions to Improve recreation in the Lower Avon-Ōtākaro River.................................................................................................................................................. 13

8.       Immediate Steps Biodiversity Funding.................................................................................. 17

9.       Zone Team Quarterly Report................................................................................................. 31

10.     Working Groups Updates - 23 November 2017.................................................................... 39

11.     Proposed Community Water Partnership............................................................................ 45

12.     Facilitator's Update - 23 November 2017.............................................................................. 47   

 

 


Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

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1.   Apologies

An apology was received from Kevin Brown.

2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

That the minutes of the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee meeting held on Thursday, 26 October 2017 be confirmed (refer page 5).

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


Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

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Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

Open Minutes

 

 

Date:                                     Thursday 26 October 2017

Time:                                    6.02pm

Venue:                                 Environment Canterbury,
200 Tuam Street

 

 

Present

Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

Members

Arapata Reuben Tūāhuriri Rūnanga

Suzanne Furkert Community Representative

Councillor Tom Lambie Environment Canterbury

Councillor Debra Hasson, Selwyn District Council

Herewini Banks Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke/Rapaki

Les Wanhalla Te Taumutu Rūnanga

Robert Wynn-Williams Community Representative

Kevin Brown Community Representative

Lance Kenyon Community Representative

 

In Attendance:  Environment Canterbury - Lesley Woudberg, Shelley Washington, Peter Ramsden, Charlotte O’Sullivan, Steve Firth, Ashleigh Watts, Gillian Jenkins and Chrissie Williams; Christchurch City Council - Diane Shelander, Peter Christensen and Liz Ryley; Department of Conservation - John Benn; Cashmere High School – Leith Cooper, Lily Williams and Anzac Gallate; Avon-Ōtākaro Network - Evan Smith

 

 

25 October 2017

 

Principal Advisor

Diane Shelander

Senior Policy Analyst

Tel: 941 8304

Christchurch City Council

Zone Facilitator

Shelley Washington

Tel: 027 294 5219

Environment Canterbury

Committee Advisor

Liz Ryley

Tel: 941 8153

Christchurch City Council

 

 

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Peter Ramsden opened the meeting with a Karakia/Timatanga.

 

Arapata Reuben introduced Shelley Washington and advised that Shelley would be standing in as Zone Facilitator for Lesley Woudberg for approximately six months.

 

The agenda was dealt with in the following order.

1.   Apologies

Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00056

That apologies from Pauline Cotter, Andrew Congalton, and Chris Kelliher, and for lateness from Debra Hasson, be accepted.

Member Reuben/Councillor Lambie                                                                                                                   Carried

 

2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00057

Committee Decision

That the minutes of the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee meeting held on Thursday, 28 September 2017 be confirmed.

Member Reuben/Member Kenyon                                                                                                                    Carried

 

3.   Matters Arising from the Minutes

 

·        Item 9 Monitoring for Compliance and Incident Responses, Environment Canterbury

                      Suzanne Furkert asked if there had been any feedback received, how many matters were solved and the timeframes for the Snap, Send, Solve app.  The information will be requested from the City Council and Environment Canterbury.

 

·        Item 10 Update Working Groups

Suzanne Furkert asked if there had been any progress on establishing a River Ranger.  Diane Shelander will follow up this matter.

 

4.   Deputations by Appointment

There were no deputations by appointment.

 

5.   Identification of Urgent Items

         Nil.

6.   Identification of General Public Contributions

         Evan Smith of the Avon-Ōtākaro Network explained their group was planning to increase their focus on stormwater behaviour change initiatives near the transitional cycle and walkway, and reduce their involvement in the Mother of All Cleanups.  He asked the Zone Committee for its feedback.  Other groups the Committee considered that could be involved with the Mother of All Cleanups include Conservation Volunteers or the Student Volunteer Army.

 

7.   Heathcote/Ōpāwaho River - Flood Mitigation Options

 

Peter Christensen, Christchurch City Council provided a presentation titled “Heathcote Floodplain Management Options Land Drainage Recovery Programme – October 2017”. 

 

Councillor Hasson arrived during the presentation at 6.30pm.

 

Mr Christensen responded to questions from the Committee including on monitoring of fish numbers in the areas to be dredged and bank stabilisation work for spawning inaka.  It was suggested consideration should be given to providing habitat further upstream for the spawning inaka as sea level rise is likely to extend spawning further upstream.

 

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00058

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the information in the report.

2.         Note this land drainage recovery programme work in the wider context of other positive projects happening in the Heathcote/ Ōpāwaho River Catchment.

Member Reuben/Member Wynn-Williams                                                                                                     Carried

 

8.   Cashmere High School Presentation

 

A presentation titled “Caring for our local awa” was given by students of the Cashmere High School’s student-led Sustainability Council, Anzac Gallate and Lily Williams.  They thanked the Zone Committee for funding 152 native trees that the students have been planting along the waterway.  They responded to questions of clarification about the project.  The Zone Committee looks forward to supporting future projects of the Sustainability Council.

 

9.   Immediate Steps Biodiversity Funding

 

Ashleigh Watts, Environment Canterbury, provided a presentation titled “Albert Stream Enhancement” about planting and weeding to reduce sediment inputs and increase biodiversity, and predator control to preserve native bush, birds and habitat on Albert Stream. 

 

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00059

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Agree to fund $14,000 as requested for Albert Stream.  This funding is for planting, weed control, and predator control.

Member Kenyon/Member Banks                                                                                                                        Carried

 

10. Meet in the Middle Event

 

A verbal update and powerpoint presentation about the Meet in the Middle Event was given by Shelley Washington titled “Be a Stormwater Superhero and Look After our Waterways”. 

 

Feedback provided by the Zone Committee members about the event included:

·    Dog poo eco friendly bags worked well

·    Good, well attended event

·    Suggest a banner showing the Zone Committee

·    Branding for future events

·    Connect to as many events as possible

·    Require a recognisable acronym for the Zone Committee

·    Partnership with current Government

·    Monitoring to assess if the approach is working with the current tools available

 

The Zone Committee agreed to invite a representative from Central Government to meet with the Committee on a number of matters.  Arapata Reuben and Suzanne Furkert will draft an invitation letter to Central Government.

 

11. Working Group Updates - 26 October 2017

 

The reports from the Working Groups were taken as read.

 

Groundwater/Drylands Working Group - Kevin Brown provided an update about ground sourced heat pumps and their potential effects on the groundwater system.

 

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00060

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the information in the Working Group Updates report.

Member Reuben/Member Kenyon                                                                                                                    Carried

 

12. Long-Term Plan - Environment Canterbury - Draft Christchurch West Melton Zone Committee Feedback

 

 

The Committee considered its LTP priorities that were listed in red in the report.

 

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00061

 

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Agree that the draft feedback on Long-Term Plan priorities be forwarded to Environment Canterbury subject to the following amendment:

·    Replace numbering with bullet points

Member Reuben/Member Wanhalla                                                                                                                 Carried

 

13. Zone Committee 2017 Annual Report

 

 

The Committee considered topics to highlight in the 2017 Annual Report.

 

 

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Agree that the Draft Annual Report should add the following topics, challenges and opportunities to what was suggested in the agenda proper, and that Zone Committee members would take a lead in drafting each topic:

·     Heavy metal pollutants, zinc and copper; Riccarton Stream

·     Structure the report differently from past years to group topics under five priority issues from the Zone Implementation Programme –

§ Safeguarding Groundwater Quality and Flows for Multiple Uses

§ Enhancing and Managing Waterways for Recreation, Relaxation and Amenity

§ Improving Surface Water Quality and Safeguarding Surface Water Flows

§ Enhancing Degraded Ecosystems, Indigenous Biodiversity, Valued Introduced Species and Landscapes

§ Making Efficient Use of Water and Managing Demand

·     Actions the Zone Committee “initiated” and “supported”

·     Group the Port Hills Fire and Worsley Stream projects

·     Change Mother of all Clean-ups from being a topic to an initiative the Zone Committee has supported.

 

14. Facilitator's Update - 26 October 2017

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00062

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the Facilitator’s report and notes the upcoming events.

2.         Agree that the Committee will have a Christmas get together at Kevin Brown’s house, West Melton on Sunday 17 December 2017, 11am.

3.         Confirm a field trip to be undertaken on either 27 or 28 January 2018, rather than a Zone Committee meeting, to help prepare new Committee members.

3.         Confirm a 22 February 2018 Zone Committee meeting date.

Member Reuben/Member Furkert                                                                                                                    Carried

 

Peter Ramsden closed the meeting with a Karakia/Whakamutunga.

   

Meeting concluded at 8.03pm.

 

CONFIRMED THIS 23RD DAY OF NOVEMBER 2017

 

Arapata Reuben

Chairperson

 


Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

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7.        Avon-Ōtākaro Catchments - Actions to Improve recreation in the Lower Avon-Ōtākaro River

Reference:

17/1360426

Contact:

Tim Joyce
Shelley Washington

tim.joyce@ccc.govt.nz
shelley.washington@ccc.govt.nz

941 8159
027 294 5219

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to provide an update on progress of the Zone Committee’s recommendations made on 23 February 2017; and

1.2       Receive further information from the Christchurch City Council (CCC) on two priority areas: (1) the control of flag iris and (2) control of aquatic weed.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the update.

2.         Agree how the Zone Committee can support this work.

3.         Agree on whether further action is needed.

3.   Report

 

The Christchurch City Council’s Operations Team Leader (Land Drainage), Tim Joyce will provide further information on two priority areas: (1) the control of flag iris; and (2) control of aquatic weed.

 

Tim Joyce will also present some images of the litter boom that is now in place in the Lower Avon/Ōtākaro River, a map of its location and what rubbish it has collected so far.

 

4.   Background

 

Tim Joyce was invited to come and have a discussion with the Zone Committee as a result of a meeting held during September of staff from CCC, Environment Canterbury and Evan Smith from Avon Ōtākaro Network.  That meeting was a steering group meeting in response to the CCC’s report on the Zone Committee’s suggested actions (ref. report tabled 24 August ZC meeting – “Lower Ōtākaro/Avon River Recreation and Amenity Actions.”).

 

The steering group identified two priority areas for further information:

1.     Control of flag iris – invite the CCC staff to provide further information on current actions, how the Zone Committee can support this work and discuss with the committee whether further action is needed.

2.     Control of aquatic weed – invite the CCC staff to provide further information on current actions, how the Zone Committee can support this work and discuss with the committee whether further action is needed.

The Zone Committee, in its feedback on CCC Long Term Plan priorities (August 2017) did include: eradicate flag iris; quick removal of large floating debris; reduce weed growth in the lower Avon River; install transitional toilets at Kerrs Reach and at the mahinga kai site at ANZAC Reserve; and safe cycle and pedestrian access across ANZAC Drive.

 

A summary of progress with Zone Committee Recommendations:

The recommendations include a list of actions to take in the short to medium term, mostly the responsibility of Christchurch City Council to action. They are summarised here (progress in italics):

o Multi-agency and community approach to eradicating flag iris and other invasive species

Being discussed this meeting.

o Quick removal of large floating debris

Some images being presented at this meeting.

New litter booms will make a difference.

On-water recreational users to phone main CCC number with specifics.

o Raise awareness amongst recreationalists of “Snap Send and Solve” method of alerting the City Council to issues

o Promote Snap Send Solve to friends, colleagues where the issue does not move

o Promote phoning CCC main number for issues where the location moves e.g. large floating debris, flag iris islands

o Local community and recreation groups; outreach through the zone committee; on-going as appropriate

 

o Reduce weed growth in the river

o Being discussed this meeting

 

o Support creation of a transitional dual cycle/walkway along the river from Barbadoes Street to the Estuary.

o Underway. Some of it was opened at Meet in the Middle event on 15 October 2017.  Due to be complete Autumn 2018.

 

o Install transitional public toilets at Kerrs Reach and at the mahinga kai exemplar site at ANZAC Reserve

o CCC is erecting a sign to tell people where to find the Avon Park toilets.

o AvON and members of public to continue to advocate for toilets near Mahinga Kai Exemplar and along the transitional cycleway and walkway. Also for ability of pedestrians to cross Anzac Drive safely.

 

o Raise awareness in the community about the problem of Canada Geese

In addition to the work the City Council is doing to deter Canada Geese, the zone committee and community groups can use their networks to disseminate information about Canada Geese. On-going as applicable.

 

 

Attachments

There are no attachments to this report.

 


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8.        Immediate Steps Biodiversity Funding

Reference:

17/1361127

Contact:

Ashleigh Watts

ashleigh.watts@ecan.govt.nz

027 742 7216

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to present an Immediate Steps Project for funding consideration – Port Hills Fire/Cashmere Stream Restoration Project.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Agree to fund $100,000 as requested for Port Hills Fire/Cashmere Stream Restoration Project.  This funding is for fencing and planting.

2.         Remove the Port Hills as a priority of Immediate Steps funding for 2018/2019.

3.         Agree that in 2018/2019 applications for funding from other projects in the area affected by the 2017 Port Hills fire are considered alongside other applications for funding.

3.   Background

 

The total funding requested for the Port Hills Fire/Cashmere Stream Restoration Project is $100,000, with $48,000 for deer/pest fence installation and $52,000 for planting. Immediate Steps has $100,000 available for the 2017/2018 financial year in the Christchurch West Melton Zone.

 

The Immediate Steps (IS) funding programme is a five year $10 million biodiversity protection and restoration programme, launched in 2010 as part of implementing the Canterbury Water Management strategy. Alongside planning and other measures, this funding will be used to contribute to aligning or reversing the decline in indigenous biodiversity associated with the increasing use of the water resources in Canterbury.

 

The Christchurch West Melton Zone Committee has $100,000 of Immediate Steps funding per year to spend on projects to protect / enhance biodiversity.  The Immediate Steps fund was set up in recognition that protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems requires a dual approach of on the ground action (e.g., covenants, fencing, planting) and improved planning frameworks.

 

         Funding Allocation to date

                                                                                                                                                                                               

The Christchurch West Melton Zone Committee has $100,000 remaining from the 2017/2018 financial year.  Summaries of recently funded projects are listed in Table 1.


 

 

Table 1. Summary of recently funded projects from 16/17 budget.

Project Name

Project Aim

Project Milestone

Total Approved Funding

Final Approval

Anzac Drive Mahinga Kai Enhancement

Increase biodiversity through improving and restoring habitats, raising awareness of tikanga of mahinga kai, and bringing communities together.

Project Commenced

$9,985

27/04/2017

Brooklands Lagoon Enhancement Project

Long term protection and enhancement of lagoon ecosystem and enhance visitor experience.

Funding Approval

$14,124

27/04/2017

Calder Green Reserve Bird Roost

To enhance bird habitat.

Project Commenced

$1,000

24/11/2016

Cashmere Stream Enhancement Phase 2

To protect and enhance the ecology of Cashmere Stream.

Project Commenced

$24,975

24/11/2016

Drayton Reserve Stream Enhancement

To restore the quality and ecology of the water resources and increase the quantity/diversity of local native flora and fauna

Project Commenced

$2,224

27/04/2017

Huntsbury Gully

Increase native vegetation cover and reduced sediment load.

Project Commenced

$10,015

24/11/2016

Intake Road Dryland Protection Project

Protect and enhance Dryland areas

Project Commenced

$9,852

24/11/2016

Ka Putahi Creek Floodplain & Forest Establishment

Increase forest patches throughout the city

Project Commenced

$25,750

24/11/2016

Okeover Stream Enhancement

 

Application Declined

N/A

27/04/2017

Otukaikino Maintenance project

Protection of existing biodiversity, increasing native vegetation cover. Reduction in weeds leading to improved freshwater habitats.

Funding Approved

$11,520

24/11/2016

Sanctuary Riparian Enhancement Project

Protection and enhancement of one of the best remaining examples of formerly widespread freshwater swamp habitat.

Project Commenced

$36,122

27/04/2017

Albert Stream Enhancement Project

Planting and weeding to reduce sediment inputs to Albert Stream and increase biodiversity hotspots. Predator control to preserve native bush/birds/habitat.

Funding Approved

$14,000

26/10/2017

 

Discussion held at the April 2017 Zone Committee meeting resulted in the decision to prioritise Port Hills fire recovery work with 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 funding.

 

Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00013

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

2. Agrees to make the fire affected catchments in the Christchurch West Melton zone a priority for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 Immediate steps allocations for the zone

 

Applications for Funding

 

The Zone Committee has one new application for funding approval/discussion at this meeting.  The total funding requested is $100,000.  No other project applications have been submitted for the 2017/2018 financial year.

 

Projects are measured against the following six criteria set out in the Canterbury Biodiversity Strategy, alongside an assessment of ecological scoring:

 

1.    Protect and maintain the health of all significant habitats and ecosystems.

2.    Restore the natural character of degraded indigenous habitats and ecosystems.

3.    Increase the integration and sustainable use of indigenous species in modified environments (e.g., farm, urban, lifestyle blocks).

4.    Enhance public awareness, understanding and support of biodiversity.

5.    Encourage, celebrate and support action by landowners and communities to protect, maintain and restore biodiversity.

6.    Improve the range of knowledge and information about Canterbury’s biodiversity for its sustainable management.

 

The project proposal for discussion today aligns with all six of the funding criteria.


 

 

Table 2: Project proposed for funding consideration

Proposed project*

Project details in brief

Land tenure

Cultural Value**

Ecological score

Funding requested

(Total)

 

Port Hills/Cashmere Stream Recovery Project*

Threat: Erosion, suspended sediment input and pest impacts.

Proposed activities: Planting and fencing.

Comments from assessments: 

Planting and fencing to reduce sediment inputs to Cashmere Stream, reduce bank erosion and increase biodiversity bush patches across Canterbury (a city-wide initiative).

Project area holds high amenity, cultural and community value, with impacts on Cashmere Stream. Educational awareness available through community planting days.

 

 

 

 

Private

 

 

 

 

High

 

 

 

 

25/39

$100,000

($300,000)

*Further detail from Rūnanga might be presented at this meeting. 


 

 

Project 1: Port Hills Fire/Cashmere Stream Restoration Project

 

Project Details and Funding

 

Project Details

Supporting Organisation/ Community Group

Christchurch City Council

Project CWMS Zone

Christchurch West Melton

Project Location

Worsleys Road properties (upstream areas feeding into Cashmere Stream).

Nature of Project

Enhancement, Protection, Schedule for monitoring

Habitat Type

Hill Country Catchment / Lowland Stream

Project Aim

Two Aims:

1.To reduce sediment inputs, protect and enhance the ecology of Cashmere Stream.

2. Enhance core forest patches within Canterbury.

Project Outcomes

Improved water quality and stream health

Works to be undertaken

Area to be fenced (ha):  26 Ha, deer/stock-proof fencing in the valley bottom to protect newly planted natives from browsing


Length of protective fencing (m): 1600
Planting area (ha): 26

Weed control area (ha): 26

Funding Requested

Project Tasks

Funds Requested

Contributions from CCC

Totals

Fencing costs

$48,000

 

$48,000

Planting costs

$52,000

$200,000

$252,000

Landowner planting, pest/weed management

 

 

 

Totals

$100,000

$200,000

$300,000

 

Project Summary

 

Between 13 February 2017 and 20 April 2017, wildfires spread through the Port Hills in Canterbury. This event resulted in severe damage, property and plantation loss and bank destabilisation for residents’ land in the Worsleys area. This new project requests Immediate Steps funding to support environmental recovery for residents impacted by the Port Hills fire, with resulting protection for the Cashmere Stream, now suffering significant sediment runoff from damaged properties (refer to figures under ‘Project Site Images’ in this report). This project aims to increase biodiversity and hillside stabilisation for land cleared by the fire by planting 26 hectares of private property in the Worsleys Road area, and fencing in the valley bottom to protect newly planted natives from deer/stock grazing.

 

The outcomes from this project will include: (1) reduced sediment inputs to and protection of the hill and flat land tributary fed Cashmere Stream, which has significant ecological and cultural values, and (2) enabling the creation of a native core forest patch, contributing to a city-wide initiative to enhance optimal bush patches, promoting viable populations of native bush birds and corridors for species migration (refer to the map under ‘Enhancing Canterbury Bush Patches’).

 

Cashmere Stream supports a good invertebrate community and diverse range of unique and culturally significant freshwater fish species. These include: torrent fish, not recorded in any other Christchurch waterway; freshwater crayfish (kōura); and mussels (kākahi), which are classified as nationally threatened/at risk species. The stream also supports fish species nationally classified as declining, including bluegill bullies (locally rare in Christchurch and ecologically significant), longfin eels and inanga. These species are reliant upon good water quality and sedimentation can have detrimental impacts for their spawning success, fecundity and general survival.

 

The stream has high diversity and pattern with natural meandering, variation in depth and velocity. In addition, Cashmere Stream has high aesthetic and amenity values for the local community with a local stream care group (Cashmere Stream Care Group).  According to research completed by EOS Ecology, one of the most critical issues facing the Cashmere Stream and stream life is the suspended sediment inputs and the effects of the sediment are felt as far downstream as the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai.

Ecological score: 25/39.

 

 

Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) Recommendations – Project meets:

Recommendations – Chapter 4. Priority Issues (4.4)

ZIP recommendation # EB1 1.1. Enhancing degraded ecosystems and managing human impacts.

ZIP recommendation # EB1 1.2. Develop a coordinated programme of actions to improve

the ecological health of waterways.

ZIP recommendation # EB3 3.1. Improving water quality and in-stream habitats by rehabilitating waterways.

ZIP recommendation # EB5 5.1. Mahinga Kai are enhanced/safeguarded.

ZIP recommendation # EB6 6.1 Project is a priority area/ecosystem, as a springhead

(cashmere stream as the receiving environment).

ZIP recommendation # EB6 6.1 Project is community led/landowner driven with agency support.

ZIP recommendation # EB7 7.2 Implementing pest control in the Zone (through the community

 actions and fencing).

ZIP recommendation # EB9 9.2. Implementing a protection measure for the Heathcote

(by work completed upstream).

 


 

Project Site Images

Figures 1 and 2. Burnt vegetation and denuded ground, as well as erosion around the hillside flowing into Cashmere Stream in the Worsleys Road area.
Figure 4. Loss of sediment during a typical rain event in the same gully area (all sediment flowing down the gully into Cashmere Stream).
,Figure 3. Gully erosion in Worsleys Road properties. Landholders replanting work following the fires can also be seen, curtesy of support from ‘Trees For Canterbury’.
 
 

Figure 5. Scouring and resultant holes from continuous rain and erosion following the fires.

Figure 6. Landowner planting in the Worsleys Road area to reduce sediment loss. Water running down the valley feeds into the Cashmere Stream.
 

Figure 7. Bottom gully of the Worsleys properties, upstream of Cashmere Stream confluence and nearby the point of discharge into the stream. Once planted this area will act as a filter for sediment run off.

Figure 8. Sediment run off from the port hills into Cashmere Stream.


 

Enhancing Canterbury Bush Patches – Map

 

 

Project Site Map: Please note blue pen markings indicate gully areas which are a high priority for reducing sediment erosion.

 

Attachments

There are no attachments to this report.

 


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9.        Zone Team Quarterly Report

Reference:

17/1361247

Contact:

Steve Firth

steve.firth@ecan.govt.nz

367 7291 or 027 561 0581

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to provide a progress update of the implementation of the Christchurch West Melton and Banks Peninsula Zone Delivery team’s Christchurch West Melton work programme for the quarter 1 July 2017 to 30 September 2017.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the Zone Team Quarterly Report.

2.         Agree how the Zone Committee can add value to this work programme.

3.   Report

 

Environment Canterbury’s Zone Manager for the Christchurch-West Melton and Banks Peninsula Zone Delivery team will provide an overview of the team’s quarterly report.  This is for the quarter 1 July 2017 – 30 September 2017.

 

This overview will focus on key progress of implementation of the team’s Christchurch-West Melton work programme during this quarter, key opportunities and provide suggestions for how the Zone Committee can add value.

 

A brief presentation will also be provided by a member of this team.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Team Quarterly Report Part B

32

b

Team Quarterly Report Excel Part C

35

 

 


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10.    Working Groups Updates - 23 November 2017

Reference:

17/1361335

Contact:

Shelley Washington

shelley.washington@ecan.govt.nz

027 294 5219

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to update the Committee on the activities of each working group over the last month and the next steps each group are working on.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the Working Group Updates report.

3.   Report

Urban Contaminant Working Group – Andrew Congalton, Pauline Cotter, Suzanne Furkert (supported by Jenny Watters and Nick Moody)


Priority catchments: Addington, Riccarton and Haytons

What are we trying to achieve in 5 years (2020)

·    Addington Brook improve catchment health – contact recreation by 2020 and swimmable by 2030 (linking to ZIP’s)

Meets agreed standards as set out by the 5 year ‘living’ Integrated Catchment Management Plan to be developed by June ‘17

·    Riccarton Stream improve catchment health (linking to ZIP’s)

Meets agreed standards as set out by the 5 year ‘living’ Integrated Catchment Management Plan to be developed by 2018

·    Haytons Stream improve catchment health (linking to ZIP’s)

Meets agreed standards as set out by the 5 year ‘living’ Integrated Catchment Management Plan to be developed by 2018

What have we done since we last met?

·    Hagley College and Te Pā Rakaihautu undertook a school term collaborative science project on Addington Brook. Over 50 students were involved and took action through raising awareness in their respective schools as ‘Water Warriors’.

·    Vicky Southworth presented on the option of creating a best practice demonstration project for water sensitive urban design, on a small tributary of one of Christchurch’s waterways. The presentation was well received by working group members. Vicky is continuing to promote this idea to both Councils.

·    Working group members requested planners from both Councils attend the next working group meeting to talk to them about the upcoming Comprehensive Stormwater Consent for Christchurch City Council. Staff have arranged this to happen.

·    Suzanne Furkert is assisting Jenny Watters and Charlotte O’Sullivan with preparing a copper free brake pad flier, to go to brake pad installers and river care groups. It will explain the benefits of copper free brake pads and how to identify and request them from mechanics.

 

Next steps

·    The group will be given an update about the Comprehensive Christchurch Stormwater Consent. This is in response to a request from the WG on 11.10.2017

·    Develop a multi-pronged approach to tackle zinc and copper contamination (including letter to central government, Mayoral forum/CE forum, Stormwater TA group, workshop, Local Government conference, raising awareness).

·    Draft brake pad flier.

 


Cashmere Catchment Working Group – Arapata Reuben, (for Ken Rouse who chairs this group, co-opted), Les Wanhalla, Herewini Banks (supported by Shelley Washington)

What are we trying to achieve in 5 years (2020)

·    Reduce sediment getting into Cashmere Stream (and therefore the Heathcote/Ōpāwaho and Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai)

·    Improve ecosystem health

What have we done since we last met?

·    Completed and launched the Erosion and Sediment Control Toolbox

·    Continued sampling for the TSS-Clarity-Turbidity Relationship Project

·    Kept in touch with the Cashmere Stream Care Group

·    Went on a field trip of the Port Hills fire affected area in May

·    Had a presentation at the August ZC meeting by the Cashmere Stream Care Group

Next steps

This group will hopefully meet in early December as a number of projects are now ready for further input from this working group.

·   The TSS-Clarity-Turbidity Relationship Project that this working group initiated is now completed. This working group will meet to discuss how best to get uptake of its outcomes with industry - site managers, contractors and developers of earthworks projects in Cashmere Catchment.

·   The working group will also discuss possible next steps from the Erosion and Sediment Toolbox such as the development of an online “app”

·   Work with Cashmere Stream Care Group, landowners, and CCC on Phase 3 of the Headwaters of Cashmere Stream Restoration project above Sutherlands Road

·   Discuss the opportunities provided by the work the Land Drainage Recovery Programme is doing in the Catchment

·   Discuss the CCC planned work to mitigate the Port Hills Fire effects

·   Discuss the Port Hills Fire/Cashmere Stream Restoration project

 


Groundwater /Drylands Working Group – Chris Kelliher, Kevin Brown and Robert Wynn-Williams (supported by Zone Facilitator & Geoff Thompson)

 

What are we trying to achieve in 2 years (2018)?

 

·    Know how much water is available for use.

·    Understand the landownership pattern within the protection zone.

·    Understand the threats to Christchurch’s groundwater system.

·    Identify how we can protect this resource for future generations.

What have we done since we last met?

·    Kevin Brown gave a presentation about ground sourced heat pumps and their potential effects on the groundwater system at the 26 October Zone Committee meeting. Environment Canterbury commissioned a modelling project looking at the potential impacts on Christchurch aquifer of abstraction/injection systems for heating and cooling in Christchurch zones.

Next steps?

·    Waimakariri wells project due to be finished December. Then report to go to Zone Committee at February meeting.

·    The Centre for Freshwater Research (for Environment Canterbury) has been mapping the drying reaches of spring-fed streams, especially the the Ōtākaro/Avon River tributaries. This mapping will be provided to the Zone Committee once finalised.

·    The results of the modelling project on abstraction/injection systems for heating and cooling will be provided to the Zone Committee once finalised.

·    Environment Canterbury have done modelling for Waimakariri Zone to look at climate change impacts on groundwater levels and spring-fed stream flows. Results are applicable to the Christchurch West Melton Zone. Project to be completed approximately April 2018.



Communication and Engagement – Arapata Reuben (supported by Charlotte O’Sullivan)

 

What are we trying to achieve in the next 5 years (2020)?

 

·    Raise awareness

State of the waterways, their values and issues

Actions individuals and groups can take

Individual and groups doing good stuff

·    Inspire action

 

What have we done since we last met?

 

·    Arapata gave a verbal report to the full CCC Council on 9 November about: safe and sustained drinking water supply; improved waterways; enabling active citizenship and connected communities; proposed Community Water Partnership; Meet in the Middle event; Stormwater Superhero concept; Whaka Inaka; the need for changes to whitebaiting regulations; re-purposing the use of grey water; and Port Hills fire impacts.

·    Chair’s article, was in The Press on 15 November. It included: Meet in the Middle event; Stormwater Superhero concept; incentivising rain water collection and repurposing grey water; CCC’s online survey that is part of research for the proposed Community Water Partnership; and some hints for what people can do over summer to help reduce their impact on stormwater and waterways including picking up litter, brake pads; and the Christchurch A & P Show.

·    Environment Canterbury staff are using the stormwater t-shirts, stickers and dog poo bags at the A&P show (a few zone committee members are popping into the stall)

·    Printed collateral for the A&P show educating people on how to protect waterways and stormwater

·    Charlotte has had a meeting with Jenny about copper free brake pads.

 

Next steps

·   Chair’s article

·   Work with CCC about summer water conservation messages. Messages will be shared through social media, website and media.

·   Draft flier to present to Zone Committee in February on copper free brake pads

 


Biodiversity – Immediate Steps Funding – Lance Kenyon, Les Wanhalla and Tom Lambie (supported by Ashleigh Watts and Zone Facilitator)

 

What are we trying to achieve in the next 5 years (2020)?:

 

·    Increase indigenous species diversity, abundance and improved ecological health by providing funding to individuals, landowners and community groups.

·    Raise awareness of biodiversity and ecological values of the Christchurch West Melton zone

·    Prioritise Immediate Steps funding to Port Hill fire affected catchments

 

What have we done since we last met?

·    The Port Hills fire recovery Immediate Steps application has involved two meetings, multiple chats and emails due to the complexity of the issue and the monetary value being requested. The biodiversity working group is supporting an application to the Zone Committee for the 2017/18 funding at the 23 November meeting.

·    Lance and Lesley are working on the review of the enhancing biodiversity section of the Zone Implementation Programme, with an intention to present to the working group at its next meeting.

·    Heathcote catchment concept - drafts and notes are being put together by Shelley/Lance/Lesley for discussion at next working group meeting.

·    5 year targets review - being considered at present and will be influenced by the ZIP review above. 

 

Next steps

·    A working group meeting about biodiversity (rather than immediate steps) and Heathcote Catchment opportunities and review of ZIP chapter                

 

 


Regional Committee – Lance Kenyon (supported by Lesley Woudberg)

 

·    Regional Working Groups of Regional Committee are meeting Wednesday 15 November. (Verbal update at Zone Committee meeting 23 November)

 

 


Liaison with community groups – Suzanne Furkert (supported by Shelley Washington, Nick, Jenny, Ashleigh)

What are we trying to achieve in 5 years (2020)?

·    Ensure we complement and build on each other’s work to improve the health of Christchurch’s water resources.

What have we done since we last met?

·    Attended (Shelley) Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust meeting 9 November, where Mother of All Clean Ups event and proposed Community Water Partnership were discussed, amongst other items

·    Attended (Lance and Shelley) Cashmere Stream Care Group clarity training event for volunteers 4 November

·    Attended (Shelley) and helped facilitate revision of strategic action plan at Ōpawaho Heathcote River Network Meeting on 28 October

·    Ōpawaho Heathcote River Network held a special meeting on 11 November where paperwork was signed to become a legal body (incorporated society).

·    Alice Shanks, on behalf of Friends of Ernle Clark Reserve and Ōpawaho Heathcote River Network gave a deputation to Christchurch City Council on 9 November to talk about the damage maintenance contractors have caused in the reserve and other plantings in the city. A report on this issue was requested by the councillors.

 

Next Steps

·    Keep in touch with groups and look for opportunities to highlight some of the great work they are doing.

·    Groups: Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust; Cashmere Stream Care Group; Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network; Avon Ōtākaro Network; Styx River Living Laboratory Trust; Network of the Ilam Stream; groups in Riccarton Catchment; biodiversity focused groups etc.

 

 

Attachments

There are no attachments to this report.

 


Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

23 November 2017

 

 

 

 

11.    Proposed Community Water Partnership

Reference:

17/1361559

Contact:

Clive Appleton (and Shelley Washington)

clive.appleton@ccc.govt.nz
shelley.washington@ecan.govt.nz

941 8352
027 294 5219

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to provide the Committee with an update on the proposed Community Water Partnership.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the update on the proposed Community Water Partnership.

2.         Agree how the Zone Committee can support this proposal.

3.   Report

 

The Christchurch City Council’s Team Leader (Natural Environment), Clive Appleton will provide an update on the proposed Community Water Partnership.

 

Clive attended the April 2017 Zone Committee meeting to discuss the proposal, which was referred to as the proposed Waterway Partnership.

 

This will include a brief presentation.

 

4.   Background

 

Text from newsletter sent 31 October and 1 November to key community groups in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula with an interest in waterway quality, waterway health and water use. This was also sent to the Christchurch-West Melton Zone Committee.

 

You may have heard about the proposed Community Water Partnership, a joint programme to improve waterways incorporating behaviour change, education and awareness initiatives.

If you would like to see this proposed Community Water Partnership become a reality, now is a good time for you (key community groups) to discuss this initiative with your local Councillor before the Christchurch City Council draft LTP is confirmed in December to go out for public consultation. 

Public submissions and discussions will help Councillors decide on what makes it through and level of funding committed.

The engagement process will run from February and March 2018, during this time you may wish to make a submission through the “Have your say” section of the CCC website

 

What is the Community Water Partnership? 

The Christchurch City Council is proposing a new initiative for the Long Term Plan, a Community Water Partnership.

This will be a joint programme to improve waterways incorporating behaviour change, education and awareness initiatives.

One of the goals of this partnership is to establish an environmental waterway fund, to help foster and empower citizens and community groups that want to be actively involved in projects to improve the environmental state of waterways either in the City or on Banks Peninsula.

 

 

 

 

Attachments

There are no attachments to this report.

 


Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

23 November 2017

 

 

 

 

12.    Facilitator's Update - 23 November 2017

Reference:

17/1361704

Contact:

Shelley Washington

shelley.washington@ecan.govt.nz

027 294 5219

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to inform the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee of:

1.1.1   Upcoming Events

1.1.2   Recent Events

1.1.3   For information

·     Styx River Living Laboratory Trust Annual Report 2016-2017

1.1.4   Media

·     Chairperson’s column, “Be a Stormwater Superhero” in The Christchurch Press, 15 November 2017

·     Children plant bumper crop to protect Port Hills November 2017

·     Canterbury whitebaiters found using detergent to clear water for fishing 1 November 2017

·     Over zealous contractors destroy native trees 9 November 2017

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the Facilitator’s report and note the upcoming events.

3.   Report

 

a)    Upcoming Events

 

Event

Who

Comment

 

“Can I Swim here Campaign”

1 December - starts

Public

Regional councils and LAWA
https://www.lawa.org.nz/

 

Environment Investigators Inanga Celebration Day

 

TBC (probably Thursday 7 December between 10am – 4pm at the lower end of the Mahinga Kai exemplar site off Barkers Lane (entry from New Brighton Rd). 

ZC members

 

400 students from 4 schools and 5 kindergartens in Christchurch.

Come and help turn some sausages (more info to follow)

 

EOS Ecology is organising this event in conjunction with the Avon Ōtākaro Network as a follow up to Whaka Inaka.

 

The children coming have learnt about inanga. Some have assessed the spawning habitat in the Heathcote/Ōpāwaho and Avon/Ōtākaro Rivers. They have taken care of inanga in their classroom. The children will release their inanga back to the river at this event. A winner of a song competition with the kindergartens will be announced and performed.

ZC End of Year BBQ

Hosted by Kevin Brown’s home in West Melton.

 

Sunday 17 December 2017, 11am

ZC members

 

 

Zone Committee with new Committee members induction field trip

 

Either Saturday 27 January or Sunday 28 January (probably Saturday)

ZC members (including new)

 

ZC Meeting 22 February 2018

 

ZC members

 

 

Children’s Day 4 March 2018

ZC members

An opportunity to engage with approx. 15,000 attendees, in collaboration with AvON and ECan Youth Engagement team, utilising Stormwater Superhero concept

ZC Symposium
March 2018 (TBC)

ZC members

 

International Erosion Control Association Conference and field day Christchurch 2018 (TBC)

ZC members

An opportunity to continue “raising bar” of erosion and sediment control in Christchurch and Canterbury

 

b)    Recent Events

 

Zone Committee Refresh, 30 October.

Feedback on 10 possible combinations of land use to Regenerate Christchurch closed 6 November.

Cashmere Stream Care Group clarity monitoring training event, Saturday 4 November. Lance Kenyon attended this.

Christchurch A&P Show, 15-17 November.

The 2017 Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference, Lincoln University, November 14, 2017.

2017 Social Science Postgraduate Student Symposium, Lincoln University, November 15 and 16.

 

c)    For Information

 

Styx River Living Laboratory Trust Annual Report 2016-2017

 

 

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Be a Stormwater Superhero

50

b

Children Plant a Bumper Crop to Protect Port Hills

51

c

Canterbury Whitebaiters

53

d

Over Zealous Contractors Destroy Native Trees

54

e

Styx River Living Laboratory Trust Annual Report

55

 

 


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