Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee

Open Minutes



Date:                                     Tuesday 18 April 2017

Time:                                    4pm

Venue:                                 Little River Rugby Clubrooms, Little River






Paula Smith, Community Representative

Pam Richardson, Community Representative

Ian Lloyd - Community Representative          

Andrew Turner - Deputy Mayor Christchurch City Council           

Kevin Simcock - Community Representative

June Swindells - Te Hapū  o Ngāti Wheke/Rapaki   

Manaia Cunningham - Te Runanga o Koukourarata            

Pere Tainui - Te Runanga o Onuku       

Claire Findlay - Community Representative 

Thomas Kulpe - Community Representative

Elizabeth Cunningham, Environment Canterbury   

Charlie Zimmerman, Te Runanga o Wairewa – arrived 4.35pm



10 May 2017


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: 941 8999

Christchurch City Council

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Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee

18 April 2017






The agenda was dealt with in the following order.



Manaia Cunningham opened the meeting with a Karakia.



Peter Ramsden was welcomed back, after a period of illness.


1.   Apologies

The apology from Councillor Andrew Turner was accepted.

2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Committee Decision

That the minutes of the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee meeting held on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 be confirmed subject to the following amendments:

9. Environment Canterbury – Quarterly Report on 5 year Outcomes

Whakaraupo/Lyttelton Catchment Management Plan

Remove word “quiet” from first sentence.

Resource Consent Monitoring

Add “the maintenance and quality of output from septic tanks”


10. Port Hills Fire – Ohinetahi Summit Road Society/QEII Covenant

Committee Recommendations

Change “beginning of 2017/18’ to “by 1 July 2018”


11. Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity Monitoring CWMS Targets

Committee Recommendation

Add “food gathering standard” to the proposed paper.


3.   Matters Arising from the Minutes

Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity Monitoring CWMS Targets

Clare Findlay enquired as to the progress with Tim Davies one page report, arising from the Committees October Workshop.


She was advised that no time frame for this could be given, due to the pressure of other Council work

Okains Bay Estuary – Camping Ground


Ian Lloyd visited the bay and while the willows appeared not to be a problem, it would be good to get them out. He would create a “file note” and had reported his findings to Pam Richardson, who in turn is to take the matter to the Reserve Management Committee.


4.   Deputations by Appointment

There were no deputations by appointment.

5.   Identification of Urgent Items

a.              Update from members

b.              5 Year Outcomes – Advocates Update

c.               The Year Ahead - 2017

6.   Identification of General Public Contributions

Wairewa River Rating District Meeting


Tore Peden (BP Community Board) advised that at the public meeting a briefing from the Committee had been provided, as to how the District is working. The water in the rivers is clearing following the recent storm and works are continuing to improve drainage.


A River Rating District Liaison Committee has been formed and there is a space for a representative to the Zone Committee to be appointed.


It was agreed that Pam Richardson be the Zone Committees appointee.


At the suggestion of Elizabeth Cunningham, it was decided to ask the River Rating District Committee to make its meeting minutes available to the Zone Committee.



7.   Wairewa Lake Health


Lesley Woudberg advised that the report added the last 12 months of data. The Committee would be familiar with these graphs as they had been presented and explained by Dr Tim Davie in the past. Controlling inputs into the lake, before removing the sediment and the phosphorus legacy is one of the principles in the Wairewa ZIPA. Plan Change 6 and the proposed bank stabilisation project were both focusing on sediment inputs to the lake. The science was still unclear as to the best way to tackle the legacy problem of the sediment in the lake.


Kevin Simcock advised that while data had been supplied, despite this being the Committee’s Flagship Project there was no recommendations for any action. He suggested that that the Committee needed to get a handle on this and what more could be done.


He proposed:

·         The Committee needed to have a clear view of the lake’s management and what role the zone committee had.

·         What are the scientists recommending?

·         What funding was available and from who?

It was reported that any work must be done in conjunction with the Wairewa Rūnanga and some measures were only just being put in place following Plan Change 6 becoming operative.


In response to the Chair’s question as to what is the committee’s role with the lake, Cr Iaean Cranwell Wairewa Rūnanga and Environment Canterbury, advised that Department of Conservation was responsible for the management of the lake bed and the Christchurch City Council and Rūnanga managed the lake opening. The Lake was a statutory acknowledgement site that guarantees Rūnanga involvement in its management and the community, Rūnanga and Environment Canterbury were taking action in the catchment through the Rating District, bank stabilisation project and the Okuti family day. A sediment trap at the bottom of the catchment is one recommendation in the ZIPA that has not been progressed. Further work on feasibility and effectiveness is needed. The best thing is to stop the sediment getting into the lake, which the Environment Canterbury, Rūnanga and community were working together on.


In response Kevin Simcock stated that he would like to see the Zone Committee, Rūnanga, City Council, DOC, Environment Canterbury etc set out the management regime.


Iaean Cranwell saw that a Working Group sounded good and the Chair added that it would be helpful to receive information on what the scientists have said (ref. Dr Marc Schallenburg Lake Forsyth/Wairewa: a literature review).



Joint Committee Decision

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.              Receive the information.

2.              Recommends that a Working Group be established to look at the lake issues and consider a way forward, including advocating for provision in Council’s Long-term Plans, when appropriate.


8.   Response to Forsyth Community questions


In response to a question as to when was the proposed bridge to be built, Elizabeth Cunningham advised all Runanga Chairs meet with the City Council on this work, but there is still a lot of work to be done.


Iaean Cranwell added that due to the recent heavy rains, the bridge building would not take place until next year.


In discussing the report’s key points

·         Lake goes blue,  it needs to say how toxic the lake is and reference to pollution hot line

·         Signage, request CCC to install signs at the bottom of Bossu Rd.


Joint Committee Decision

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.         Receive the information.


9.   Wairewa Bank Stabilisation Project


In introducing the report, Geoff Thompson tabled the full “Enhanced Sediment Mitigation in the Wairewa Catchment” report.


The work is a partnership with the Rūnanga, but a resource consent is needed and discussions held with engineers about resourcing requirements and riparian planting.


There is a need to communicate the strategy with landowners via a letter or personal approach.


Kevin Simcock enquired as to when the recommendations in the Opus report on the upper catchment could be implemented. Current focus is the valley floor where scientists advised most of the sediment is coming from but work was also underway with landowners to develop Farm Environment Plans.


Pam Richardson saw the need for an “education programme” in the catchment and champion the issues with the community.


It was suggested that Pam Richardson, Tore Peden, Kevin Simcock and Geoff Thompson could put together an strategy to raise awareness in the community.



Joint Committee Decision

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.            Receive the report.


2.            Agrees to fund the bank stabilisation project from Immediate Steps up to $60,000 spread over two financial years subject to a project plan approved by the zone committee, with the intention to completion by 30 June 2019.


10. Immediate Steps Biodiversity Project Proposal - Ohinetahi Valley Stream


Helen Greenep noted that this project was not affected by the fire but was directly downstream of fire damaged areas. It was a project under development before the fire. Given fencers would be on the property to repair fire damage it was an opportunity to advance this project. BPCT was working with the landowner on a possible covenant and fresh water crayfish or kēkēwai are likely to be present. This catchment is close to protection Ki Uta Kia Tai/ ridge top to the sea.


Clare Findlay suggested that perhaps because of the fire damage other protection measures, such a strategically placed hay bales could be included.


Joint Committee Decision

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.                   Receive the report.


2.                   Agrees to fund the Ohinetahi Valley Stream project to the sum of $11,585 from the 2017/2018 financial year’s budget.



11. Review of the Banks Peninsula Zone Implementation Programme


In the discussion that followed the Chair suggested that there is need for the ZIP Review subcommittee to meet.  Peter Kingsbury cautioned the committee that there was no commitment from the City to resource what may be required for a review process. Next chapters to be reviewed are Chapter 1 Kaitiakitanga and Chapter 10 Coastal.


Joint Committee Decision

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:


(a)  Agree in principle to the approach outlined in this report to review the BPZC ZIP.

(b)  Request that the BPZC ZIP Review Sub-committee report back to the Zone Committee in May 2017 with a final ZIP review plan for Zone Committee approval.


A dinner break was taken between 6.00pm and 6.35pm.


12. Facilitator's Update - 18 April 2017


Reference to the success of the Okuti family fun day.


The Year Ahead 2017 - Lesley Woudberg advised that this is a working outline of the way the year is shaping up. The Chair suggested that the report was something for members to take away and read and discuss next meeting.


Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour project - Ian Lloyd advised that an application for $215,000 to match funding of partners had been applied for and that a letter of support had been sent by the Chair of the committee after email consultation with members. The Chair said to some degree she was feeling disconnected with what is going on in Whakaraupō. Ian Lloyd provided further details of the programme and said information was contained on the Healthy Harbours website. It was suggested that the project manager be invited to the next committee meeting to give an further update.



Joint Committee Decision

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

Receives the Facilitators report and notes the upcoming events



The Committee also discussed:


Five Year Outcomes – Advocates Update


1.        Access to safe and reliable drinking water - the committee agreed to support the Annual Plan application for a “: feasibility study” for Okains Bay, to be undertaken. Pigeon Bay Water Supply Extension – Pam Richardson advised that grass seed has been sewn over the filled in pipe trench.


2.         Roadside Cuttings Revegetation Trials in Lyttelton Harbour Basin - Peter Kingsbury advised that another trial site was being sought


3.        Indigenous Biodiversity Values – Pam Richardson advised of the significant ecological sites process being undertaken as part of the CCC District Plan and an agreement to trial the concept of Farm Biodiversity Plans which was a different way of working with landowners. There is an opportunity for the Zone Committee to be involved as part of the Good Management Practice/Farm Environment Plan work led by Ian Lloyd and Geoff Thompson.


4.         Recreation and Amenity values - Thomas Kulpe noted that there were no specific chapters in the Banks Peninsula ZIP reflecting the CWMS recreation and amenity targets and that it should go back to members for them to seek information from their respective communities.


Round Table – Updates from Members


Port Hills Fires – Clare Findlay – Open invitation from Rebecca Parrish to visit her property damaged by fire

Regional Committee - Immediate Steps – Thomas Kulpe – indicated other members had raised education as an aspect that could be taken into account when assessing projects. Some committees did, other did not.

Environment Canterbury Youth Hui – Manaia Cunningham – 34 students attended

Private Parking, Cliff Cut-outs – June Swindells – noted concern that two areas along the harbour road had recently been cut away for private parking. It was suggested that a City Council staff member provide the Committee with a briefing

Takamatua Stream Sediment Control Assistance – Kevin Simcock was working with ECan staff better manage stormwater/sediment problems before they arose.

Committee Membership - Kevin Simcock sought details of the programme of committee member appointments - Lesley Woudberg explained the committee refresh process and that those new and existing members went through the same process. Kevin Simcock felt the process was badly conceived and that existing members should have a different process of selection. This had not been raised as a concern for any other committees.  Regular refresh of committees was seen by CWMS partners as important. Lesley Woudberg agreed to circulate Kevin’s alternative appointment process. 

Akaroa Waste Water – Pam Richardson advised that the Joint Statements are on the Website. Kevin Simcock expressed some dissatisfaction that after all the work of the Working Party in sorting out the main options, all were now back on the table for consideration.


Meeting concluded at 8.03pm.