Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

Open Minutes



Date:                                     Thursday 27 April 2017

Time:                                    6.10pm

Venue:                                 Environment Canterbury,
200 Tuam Street





Deputy Chairperson


Arapata Reuben Tūāhuriri Rūnanga    

Suzanne Furkert Community Representative          

Councillor Pauline Cotter Christchurch City Council - departed at 7.55pm

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 – arrived at 6.39pm       

Chris Kelliher Community Representative    

Kevin Brown Community Representative                  



27 April 2017


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

27 April 2017




Peter Ramsden opened the meeting with a Karakia/Timatanga.


The agenda was dealt with in the following order.

1.   Apologies

Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00016

That the apologies for absence from Robert Wynn-Williams and Lance Kenyon, and for lateness from Andrew Congalton, be accepted.

Member Reuben/Councillor Cotter                                                                                                                    Carried


2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00017

Committee Decision

That the minutes of the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee meeting held on Thursday, 23 March 2017 be confirmed.

Councillor Hasson/Member Reuben                                                                                                                   Carried


3.   Matters Arising from the Minutes


         Item 7 Water Races, Selwyn District Council (page 7)


         Action:  Write to Murray England, Selwyn District Council Water Races Committee to obtain the programme of consultations on the water race closures in the Christchurch West Melton zone.


4.   Deputations by Appointment


Water, Wildlife and Habitat Trust


Representatives of the Water, Wildlife and Habitat Trust, Trevor Isitt, Chair; Peter Robinson, Programme Manager; and Emily Arthur-Moore, Special Environmental Programme Facilitator spoke on behalf of the Trust regarding its activities in the Christchurch West Melton zone.  This included information on:


·           Fish in Schools programme

·           Sponsorship by the Zone Committee of the Cashmere Stream Project

·           Restoration of the drain in Snake Creek


Andrew Congalton arrived at 6.39pm.



5.   Identification of Urgent Items


         Copper Free Brake Pads


         Suzanne Furkert referred to discussion held  by the Committee in November 2016 to lobby Central Government for better labelling on brake pads.  She suggested the Committee write to Central Government for an update on copper free brake pads, and education/communication with brake pad suppliers and installers.


         Action:  Staff were asked to check if a letter had been sent to Central Government about copper free brake pads, and to follow up on the education/communication with brake pad suppliers and installers.


6.   Identification of General Public Contributions




7.   Behaviour Change Proposal - Christchurch City Council


Clive Appleton, Natural Environment Team, Christchurch City Council updated the Committee on the Christchurch City Council’s Water Partnerships, a new initiative of the Councils working together with agencies and community groups to raise awareness around and to stop contaminants at source so they do not enter the stormwater network. 


The following points were noted in the discussion on this matter:

·         the Zone Committee can assist by facilitating a workshop for interested groups to understand what assistance they require, either financially or from staff help, and in what areas;

·         focus on sustainable water use and wastewater systems, and on sediment, rubbish, copper etc;

·         input by Te Rununga, industry, e.g. the paint industry, businesses and school groups;

·         requires consistent messages, core information with good explanations.



Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00018

Joint Committee Decision


That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee supports in principle the Christchurch City Council’s Water Partnerships and Behaviour Change Proposal.


Member Reuben/Member Congalton                                                                                                               Carried


8.   Immediate Steps Biodiversity Project Proposals


Councillor Lambie outlined the key points in the funding applications that were included in the report and the Committee noted that the next funding round opened at the end of June 2017. 




Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00019

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee agree to fund:


a.         The Sanctuary Wetland Riparian Enhancement Project to the sum of $36,122

b.         Brooklands Lagoon Enhancement Project to the sum of $14,124

c.         Anzac Drive Mahinga Kai Enhancement Project to the sum of $9,415

d.         Drayton Reserve Stream Enhancement to the sum of $2,225


That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee does not fund:


e.         Okeover Stream Sediment Removal Project ($15,305)

Councillor Cotter/Member Banks                                                                                                                        Carried


9.   Haytons Stream Catchment


Nick Moody’s powerpoint presentation on Haytons Stream Catchment, included the following points:


·         the stream is spring-fed

·         it is at the start of the Heathcote-Ōpāwaho River

·         it is the most polluted river

·         work is being carried out with the Christchurch City Council regarding land use pollutants;

·         restoration of stream banks and beds

·         working collaboratively with businesses to ensure behaviour changes.


Nick responded to questions of clarification about his presentation.



Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00020

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Note the Powerpoint on Haytons Stream Catchment.

Member Reuben/Member Furkert                                                                                                                    Carried


10. Port Hills Fire Recovery


James Tricker updated the Committee on the Port Hills Fire Recovery, including information about the bus trip to affected areas, and on the Fire Recovery Plan discussion document.   


Tim Joyce of the Operations Land Drainage team, Christchurch City Council will be invited to the next Christchurch West Melton Water Management Committee meeting to discuss issues relating to the Port Hills recovery.


James responded to questions from Committee members about the remediation work being carried out, with discussion on:


·         discussion will be held with the company that will remove tree stumps and root zones

·         replanting options and regrowth of bracken and native species, e.g. broadleaf species

·         strong support by the Zone Committee for the use of sediment traps.


11. Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust - Mother of All Clean Ups


Charlotte O’Sullivan advised that a logo had been created and media communications on the Mother of all clean ups to be held on Saturday, 13 May 2017 along the banks of the Ōtākaro/Avon and Ōpāwaho/Heathcote Rivers.


Committee members were asked to inform Lesley Woudberg if they will be attending the Clean up.  There was a suggestion about Committee members wearing high viz vests with the Zone Committee name on them.


A suggestion was discussed about the removal of large items of rubbish, e.g. washing machines or vehicles, using a towtruck on the day, or the Snap Send Solve app.  Charlotte advised she would discuss the matter at the next Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust.



Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00021

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee supports the Mother of All Clean Ups by:

1.         Joining the clean up on Saturday 13 May 2017 from 10am to 12noon.

2.         Helping with the barbecue at the Tannery from 12 noon to 2pm.

Member Reuben/Member Congalton                                                                                                               Carried


Cr Cotter departed at 7.55pm.

12. Update Working Groups - April 2017


The Working Group updates were taken as read from:


·         Urban Contaminant Working Group

·         Rural Catchment Working Group

·         Cashmere Catchment Working Group

·         Groundwater/Drylands Working Group

·         Biodiversity – Immediate Steps Funding

·         Regional Committee


·         Communication and Engagement

Jackie Curtis spoke to a powerpoint on the Draft Christchurch West Melton Communications Plan that is designed to generate dialogue, fact based conversation and engagement within the Christchurch community about the Christchurch urban waterways. 


A copy of the powerpoint was distributed to Committee members by email following the meeting.


·      Liaison with Community Groups

Suzanne Furkert noted:

-          Evan Smith of the Avon Network was keen for reinstating rubbish bins within the collection points.

-          There is a competition for a logo for the trail along the riverbank.

-          Ōpāwaho/Heathcote Group is keen to know if there is funding available for sediment traps to mitigate Port Hills fire sediment.



Staff Recommendation

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the information in the Update Working Groups report.


Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00022

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.              Receive the information in the Update Working Groups report.

2.              Endorse the Draft Communications Plan.

Member Furkert/Member Kelliher                                                                                                                     Carried


13. Facilitator's Update - April 2017


The upcoming events were noted by Zone Committee members.  Lesley Woudberg advised that the next update by the Zone Committee to the Christchurch City Council would be on 25 May 2017 and members were welcome to attend in support if they wished.



Committee Resolved CWZC/2017/00023

Joint Committee Decision

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receives the information in the Facilitator’s report.

2.         Notes the upcoming events.

Member Reuben/Member Kelliher                                                                                                                    Carried


Peter Ramsden closed the meeting with a Karakia/Whakamutunga.


Meeting concluded at




Arapata Reuben