Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

Open Minutes



Date:                                     Thursday 22 September 2016

Time:                                    6.00pm

Venue:                                 Environment Canterbury, 200 Tuam Street




Deputy Chairperson


Suzanne Furkert Community Representative          

Councillor Pauline Cotter Christchurch City Council - departed 8.00pm

Councillor Debra Hasson Selwyn District Council     

Les Wanhalla Te Taumutu Runanga     

Andrew Congalton Community Representative     

Chris Kelliher Community Representative    

Robert Wynn-Williams Community Representative           

Kevin Brown Community Representative     

Lance Kenyon Community Representative  



21 September 2016


Principal Advisor

Diane Shelander

Senior Policy Analyst

Tel: 941 8304

Christchurch City Council

Zone Facilitator

Lesley Woudberg

Tel: 027 706 4273

Environment Canterbury

Committee Advisor

Liz Ryley

Tel: 941 8153

Christchurch City Council

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Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

22 September 2016






The agenda was dealt with in the following order.

1.   Apologies



Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00038

It was resolved on the motion of Member Kenyon, seconded by Member Kelliher that apologies from Arapata Reuben, Herewini Banks and Rex Williams be accepted.

Member Kenyon/Member Kelliher                                                                                                                    Carried


2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00039

Committee Decision

That the minutes of the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee meeting held on Thursday, 25 August 2016 be confirmed.

Member Wanhalla/Member Wynn-Williams                                                                                                  Carried


3.   Matters Arising from the Minutes

         There were no matters arising from the minutes.

4.   Deputations by Appointment

There were no deputations by appointment.

5.   Identification of Urgent Items


         Waterway bank cutting

         A memorandum titled “Ceasing of waterway bank cutting due to the ecological effects” was tabled and spoken to by Christchurch City Council staff member, Dr Belinda Margetts.


         An informal discussion was held by members about this matter and the following points noted:

·         Discourage water fowl

·         Use council social media to inform the community why we are doing this

·         Consider Immediate Steps funding for the purchase of native vegetation for community groups and schools to plant if a project is proposed

·         Notices about ceasing the activity could be placed on riverbanks

·         Children are attending the next Zone Committee workshop on 27 October 2016, so invite media to that workshop to report on a good story

·         Extend some sections of the Heathcote for trials of non-shaving of riverbanks, e.g. upper section - areas on the map to be clarified

·         Feedback to the Councils about this

·         Receive regular updates through the Land Drainage Recovery Programme on a half yearly basis, or if new information becomes available.


Under Standing Order the matter will be reported to a subsequent Committee meeting for further discussion and a decision if necessary.

6.   Identification of General Public Contributions



7.   2015 Surface Water Quality Monitoring Report


Committee Comment

Dr Belinda Margetts’ report was taken as read and she responded to questions from members, including about limits for Nitrogen and Phosphorous.  A Christchurch City Council brochure titled “Christchurch’s waterways – water quality” was tabled at the meeting.  This matter will be included as an item on the agenda of a future meeting.  A memorandum will be provided to the next Christchurch West Melton Zone Committee meeting about monitoring of groundwater protection zones.


Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00040

Joint Staff and Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the 2015 Surface Water Quality Monitoring report.

2.         Notes the water quality results for the Zone Committee’s priority catchment.

3.         Reconfirms the Zone Committee’s priority catchments based on the latest water quality results.

Councillor Cotter/Member Brown                                                                                                                       Carried


8.   Water Conservation - Awareness Campaign


Committee Comment

Lance Kenyon presented his ideas for a water conservation awareness campaign and asked Committee members to advise their ideas also.  These were recorded on sticky labels and included:

·         conservation is a way of us doing business in the community

·         ECan, CCC, community and interest groups can make a big difference

·         conservation rather than restriction

·         talk about conservation on a regular basis

·         dashboard of where water use/levels are at

·         5-minute shower target, use of an egg-timer in the shower

·         targets for Christchurch City and Long-term Plan

·         replace water hungry plants with climate appropriate plants, including lawns

·         educate the community to water lawns at night

·         garden mulch

·         receive information from experts, e.g. grounds keepers

·         Christchurch has the highest per capita use which affects rates/cost

·         plenty of water so why conserve

·         why wait until we need restrictions

·         it is about better management of infrastructure

·         we have campaigns but that does not always change people’s behaviour

·         pitch water conservation at primary school students about how much water households use

·         Enviroschools

·         messages out with groups

·         a national water use in the house project is being undertaken by Water NZ and BRANZ.


Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00041

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the presentation.


Councillor Cotter/Member Furkert                                                                                                                     Carried


9.   Report on Water Forum - 12 September 2016


Committee Comment

The Committee received a verbal update on the Water Forum that was held on 12 September 2016 at the University of Canterbury for representatives of the Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury.


Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00042

Joint Staff and Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the verbal report on the Water Forum held on 12 September 2016.

Member Kelliher/Member Furkert                                                                                                                     Carried


10. Canterbury Aggregates Consent Decision


Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00043

Joint Staff and Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the report.

2.         Notes the joint decision of Environment Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council to decline the resource consents sought on the Canterbury Aggregates applications to deepen aggregate quarries to the west of Christchurch has been appealed.

Member Congalton/Member Kelliher                                                                                                               Carried





11. Working Group Updates


Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00044

Joint Staff and Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the Working Group Updates reports.

2.         Provides feedback on the activities of each Working Group.

3.         Provides guidance on the next steps proposed by each Working Group.

Councillor Hasson/Member Furkert                                                                                                                    Carried


12. Compliance Priorities 2016/17 Environment Canterbury


Committee Comment

Mr Hulse spoke to his report on compliance priorities for Environment Canterbury.  Discussion was held about expanding monitoring to any earthworks on loess soils, and not just subdivisions.


Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00045

Joint Staff and Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the report on compliance priorities.

2.         Notes the priorities for compliance effort in the Christchurch West Melton zone by Environment Canterbury.

Member Congalton/Member Kelliher                                                                                                               Carried


Councillor Cotter departed.

13. Zone Facilitator and Manager Updates


Committee Resolved CWZC/2016/00046

Joint Staff and Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the information in the Zone Facilitator and Manager Updates report.

Member Kenyon/Member Furkert                                                                                                                     Carried



Peter Ramsden closed the meeting with a Karakia.


Meeting concluded at 8.10pm.


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