Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee

Open Minutes



Date:                                     Tuesday 16 October 2018

Time:                                    4.08pm

Venue:                                 Governors Bay Community Centre, 1 Cresswell Avenue, Governors Bay





Deputy Chairperson


Paula Smith - Community Representative    

Pam Richardson - Community Representative

Gina Waibl - Community Representative      

Ian Lloyd - Community Representative          

Garrick Thorn - Community Representative 

Fiona Nicol - Community Representative      

Andrew Turner - Deputy Mayor Christchurch City Council           

Elizabeth Cunningham - Councillor Environment Canterbury      

Benita Wakefield - Te Rūnanga o Wairewa   

Pere Tainui - Te Rūnanga o Onuku       

June Swindells - Te Hapū  o Ngāti Wheke/Rapaki   



15 October 2018


Committee Advisor

Liz Ryley

Tel: 941 8153

Christchurch City Council

Principal Advisor

Peter Kingsbury

Principal Advisor  Natural Resources

Tel: 941 8487

Christchurch City Council

Zone Facilitator

Olivia Smith

Zone Facilitator

Tel: 027 886 3949

Environment Canterbury

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Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee

16 October 2018





Benita Wakefield opened the meeting with a Karakia/Timatanga.


The agenda was dealt with in the following order.

1.   Apologies

Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00001

That the apologies from Manaia Cunningham, and for lateness from Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner, be accepted.


Member Smith/Member Richardson                                                                                                                 Carried


2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00002

That the minutes of the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee meeting held on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 be confirmed, subject to the following amendment:

·           Page 7 – Monitoring Results 2017-2018 – bullet point 3, Question regarding the potential source of nitrogen, given that farming stock rates have not increased in the last 10 years – change nitrogen to phosphorous

Member Richardson/Member Tainui                                                                                                                 Carried


3.   Matters Arising from the Minutes



The following question was noted to be included as an item on next month’s agenda – “How do we assess Mahinga kai as part of our State of the Takiwa monitoring?


The meeting noted that Pam Richardson had sent a note of thanks to the participants from the Akaroa Area School, for their presentation at the 18 September meeting.


4.   Deputations by Appointment

There were no deputations by appointment.


5.   Identification of Urgent Items



6.   Identification of General Public Contributions



The Christchurch City Council has two Draft Management Plans open for consultation on Misty Peaks and Te Oka Reserves.  The Committee considered there should be acknowledgement of the Sites of Ecological Significance, information about soils and erosion, and queried how much information related to water systems, freshwater and biodiversity.


Olivia Smith will circulate the consultation documents for the Committee’s information and options available.  Zone Committee members may submit as individuals.  Feedback from the Committee should be sought earlier in the process in future.  A decision will be made about the Committee’s input at its next meeting.


7.   Matters Relating to the Zone Committee Process


Committee Comment

1.              Zone Committee field trip at Wainui – Olivia advised that the field trip on 20 November would be for two hours, commencing at 2pm. The Committee considered inviting the Regional and City Councillors on the field trip.  Olivia will check this with the landowners involved prior to an invitation being sent to the Councillors.

2.              There was agreement that agenda items for the next meeting should be raised at each meeting.


Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00003

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the information in the report on matters relating to the Zone Committee process.


Member Cunningham/Member Richardson                                                                                                   Carried



8.   Facilitator's Update


Committee Comment

1.              Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust Workshop – Pam advised she had attended this workshop on 4 October, and that a number of organisations, including the Department of Conservation, would form a Port Hills Biodiversity Hub and a Management Plan, that would include weeds and pests.

2.              The following item was added to the Upcoming Events - a stormwater superhero workshop held at Environment Canterbury on 17 and 18 October.

3.              At the bottom of page 17, the Facilitator noted that the science team will also report back in November on swimming water quality at coastal sites in Pigeon Bay.

4.              Action Plan –The Committee members had a brief discussion on Mahinga kai.

5.              Discussion was held about:

             2(7) Share in depth annual water quality and ecosystem health monitoring results and relevant research with the Banks Peninsula community.  The Zone Committee suggested seeking further information to understand the causes and effects associated with change. 

             3(11) Encourage landowners to develop alternative/new stock water sources.  The Zone Committee agreed to add 11(a) Environmental flows.

             4(12) IMS biodiversity fund is strategically allocated and celebrated.  This should be amended to read “IMS biodiversity fund is strategically allocated and progress celebrated.”

6.              Olivia will circulate information from the Long Term Plan about upcoming sub-regional processes.

7.              Discussion was held about what support the Zone Committee could provide to help address issues of turbidity with the Duvauchelle community water supply.  It was suggested that some planting upstream may be beneficial.  Pam is to speak with some community members regarding the issue.

8.              Discussion was held about Gina’s news article and where this was advertised, e.g. the Akaroa Mail and Bay Harbour News.  Gina will send her thoughts in an article under her name, for publishing.  The Zone Committee members noted this was an amazing job done by Gina with input from Ian.

9.              Ian advised that through the Whakaraupo project schools were given projects to complete, including Diamond Harbour School.  He advised that the project would be launched next Thursday 25 October.



Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00004

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee:

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


Member Nicol/Member Swindells                                                                                                                      Carried



Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00005

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee:

         1.            Add the following item to the water quantity section of the Action Plan “Continue investigations into minimum and environmental flows on Banks Peninsula and their relationship to consented and permitted water takes.”


Member Smith/Member Lloyd                                                                                                                             Carried



Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00006

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee:

1.            Amend action 11 in the Action Plan to read “Encourage landowners to develop stock water systems.”


Member Nicol/Member Smith                                                                                                                              Carried



Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00007

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Adopt the Banks Peninsula Zone Action Plan 2018-2021 with the above amendments.


Member Smith/Member Richardson                                                                                                                 Carried



Deputy Mayor Turner arrived at 5.10pm.


9.   Environment Canterbury Zone Team Update


Committee Comment

Gill Jenkins spoke to her report on the Environment Canterbury Zone Team update.  She advised that the FEP workshop at Okains Bay would be delayed until a Land Management Advisor was employed early in the New Year. 


The Committee discussed the number of workshops to be held.  They expressed their frustration that a lot of planning was carried out regarding the Okains Bay workshop and that it was one of their priorities that has not come together, and their disappointment that one of the Committee’s targets will not be met, and its goal not achieved this year.


They agreed 3.1 should be reworded so that it did not suggest Beef and Lamb had delayed the workshop.


Olivia Smith advised she will circulate the paper previously prepared by Ian which lists the priority catchments for FEP workshops.  This can be used to inform the Committee decisions for 2019 workshops.


FEP workshops should be considered for a number of areas, as listed:


Port Levy, Whakaraupo, Purau, parts of Wairewa and stream, outer bays, southern bays, Le Bons, Little Akaloa, Okains Bay, Wainui, Barrys Bay, the whole of Akaroa and Teddington.


The issue of Okains Bay drainage was raised and discussed.  The Committee agreed to invite ECan river engineers, CCC staff and also suggested it could be useful for Justin Cope or Lesley Bolton Ritchie to attend.  This would provide the Committee with advice and understanding on this matter. 


Early 2019 the Committee will receive an update on the Coastal Plan and on research to help inform the Plan.


Paragraph 3.3 – it was noted that the first meeting for 2019 will be held at Wairewa, to include a site visit to the bank stabilisation programme area.



Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00008

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.         Receive the update and note that the proposed Farm Environment Plan workshop in Okains Bay will be delayed till 2019.

2.         Request a joint report from Environment Canterbury and Christchurch City Council on drainage and flooding issues/sea level rise in Okains Bay.


Member Nicol/Member Smith                                                                                                                              Carried



10. Update on the Significant Ecological Sites Programme and Christchurch City Council Biodiversity Fund


Committee Comment

Laura Molles spoke to her report on the Significant Ecological Sites Programme and Christchurch City Council’s Biodiversity Fund.


Discussion was held about FEPs and there was support for FEPs incorporated into the Sites of Ecological Significance.  Ian advised that farmers felt comfortable with using the FEP process when this was trialled in Pigeon Bay but there had been no follow up from that.


Environment Canterbury and the City Council need to meet and discuss who is responsible regarding ecological matters and in relation to education/communication/relationship building.  The FEPs require resourcing and commitment, with follow up and surveys carried out.


Laura requested feedback from the Committee via email, direct meeting, or by telephone on landowners needs.


Pam noted that this needed to address weeds and pests, goats, possums, deer and pigs also.



Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00009

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.         Receive the Update on the Significant Ecological Sites Programme and Christchurch City Council Biodiversity Fund report.

2.         Provide advice via email on how to increase awareness among Banks Peninsula landowners about the SES programme and the availability of the Biodiversity Fund  

Member Smith/Member Lloyd                                                                                                                             Carried



An adjournment was taken from 6.30 pm to 6.57pm.  Deputy Mayor Turner departed at this time.


11. Banks Peninsula Stream Labelling Project


Committee Comment

Discussion was held about the stream labels


Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00010

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee agree to:


1.         Write to the Chair of the Christchurch City Council’s Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee, copying in Deputy Mayor Turner as the Council’s representative, to ask for the streams named in the report to be labelled.

2.         Direct staff to work with members of the Council’s Te Hononga Committee to ensure that:

             (a)   macrons are used;

             (b)   the correct Maori names are used.


Member Smith/Member Cunningham                                                                                                              Carried

Member Nicol abstained from the vote



12. Fish Passage in Stormwater Structures in Cass Bay and Cosair Bay


Committee Comment

Discussion was held about fish passage.  June Swindells advised of Rūnanga concerns about fish passage in two culverts in Rāpaki and advised that it would be appreciated if these could be investigated.


Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00011

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.         Seek technical advice on fish passage and culverts, in particular for the three new stormwater structures in Cass Bay and Cosair Bay, including two at Rāpaki and how culverts which do not accommodate migratory fish are remediated.


Member Smith/Member Nicol                                                                                                                              Carried



13. Banks Peninsula Summer Water Efficiency Campaign


Committee Comment

Discussion was held about the Christchurch City Council’s focus on urban water with messaging, although not targeted, included about the Banks Peninsula area.  The Committee agreed on the following messages they would want to convey over the summer:

·         Conserving water

·         Target the messaging at children

·         Check taps/pipes for leaks

The following points were noted during the discussion:

·         Take information on these messages to events, such as the ShakeOut or for the Christmas holidays

·         Remind the Council that the reticulated Banks Peninsula communities, including the Harbour Basin, need targeted messaging

·         Reticulated supplies, there is an opportunity to promote messaging to the rural area, e.g. holiday makers

·         “It is not just townies who should be thinking about water conservation, it is everyone”

·         Zone Committee members can access the City Council’s Newsline at , as well as share activities with others

·         a suggestion about the Council making it easier for Banks Peninsula residents to have rainwater tanks

·         Have a stall at the shows such as the Duvauchelle or Little River Shows

·         Banks Peninsula residents want to help the city save water

·         Target visitors

·         “Leave enough for the eels”



Committee Resolved BPZC/2018/00012

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Joint Committee:

1.             Provided feedback on communications for water efficiency over summer

2.             Agreed that a focussed event is a good idea for future investigation.

Member Smith/Member Richardson                                                                                                                 Carried



Agenda items for the 20 November meeting were noted as:

·         Field trip Wainui

·         Report on fish passage, mahinga kai disussion

·         Report from CCC on ZC processes/recommendations

·         CWMS Fit for Future implementation issues


Meeting concluded at 7.44pm.