Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

Open Minutes



Date:                                     Thursday 26 October 2017

Time:                                    6.02pm

Venue:                                 Environment Canterbury,
200 Tuam Street





Deputy Chairperson


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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Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

26 October 2017





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


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.




Arapata Reuben