Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee

Open Minutes



Date:                                     Tuesday 19 February 2019

Time:                                    6.30pm

Venue:                                 Te Whare Tapere O Te Mata Hapuku - Birdlings Flat Community Centre, 157 Poranui Beach Road, Birdlings Flat




Gina Waibl - Community Representative      

Rima Herber - Community Representative   

Elizabeth Macpherson - Community Representative        

Ben Manson - Community Representative  

Paula Smith - Community Representative    

Garrick Thorn - Community Representative 

Andrew Turner - Deputy Mayor Christchurch City Council           

Elizabeth Cunningham - Councillor Environment Canterbury      

Manaia Cunningham - Te Runanga o Koukourarata            

Benita Wakefield - Te Runanga o Wairewa   

Pere Tainui - Te Runanga o Onuku                   


In Attendance:  Pam Richardson (Banks Peninsula Community Board Chair), Steve Lowndes (ECan Chair), Mark Malcolm and John Benn (DOC); and ECan staff members Karen Banwell, Sarah Helleur, and Brad Baxter



19 February 2019


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 Committee

19 February 2019





At 4.00 pm Manaia Cunningham opened the informal gathering with a Karakia/Timatanga.  A site visit was undertaken to the nearby boatshed.


The agenda was dealt with in the following order.


The newly appointed Zone Committee members, Ben Manson, Elizabeth Macpherson and Rima Herber, were warmly welcomed to the Committee, along with other attendees.


7.   Election of Acting Chairperson


Under the Terms of Reference, each year the Committee is required to appoint a Chair and Deputy Chair from the membership.  This appointment process will be undertaken at the March meeting.  In the meantime, an Acting Chairperson is required to be elected for this meeting.



Committee Resolved BPZC/2019/00001

It was resolved that Paula Smith be appointed Acting Chairperson of the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee meeting on 19 February 2019.

Elizabeth Cunningham/Andrew Turner                                                                                                             Carried

1.   Apologies

Committee Resolved BPZC/2019/00002

That an apology from June Swindells be accepted.

Paula Smith/Elizabeth Cunningham                                                                                                                     Carried


2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Committee Resolved BPZC/2019/00003

That the minutes of the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee meeting held on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 be confirmed.

Paula Smith/Elizabeth Cunningham                                                                                                                     Carried


3.   Matters Arising from the Minutes



4.   Deputations by Appointment

There were no deputations by appointment.

5.   Identification of Urgent Items



6.   Identification of General Public Contributions



Note:  Item 7 was dealt with at the start of the meeting.


8.   Whakaraupō Community Advisory Group


Committee Comment

1.              Karen Banwell, ECan spoke to her report on a partnership to develop and implement the Whakaraupō Catchment Management Plan.  She referred members to the City Nature Challenge website and competition: http://citynaturechallenge.org/.  Members were encouraged to contact Karen if they had ideas for a potential event for the City Nature Challenge.


Committee Resolved BPZC/2019/00004

The Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Appoint Gina Waibl as the Zone Committee representative to the Whakaraupō Community Advisory Group.

2.         Discussed opportunities to host a Nature City Event in the Whakaraupō catchment in April 2019.

Paula Smith/Manaia Cunningham                                                                                                                        Carried



9.   Okains Bay Drainage Issues


Committee Comment

1.              Pam Richardson was invited to speak to the report and informed the Committee that several of the culverts identified during the visit are now to be replaced.  Discussion was held about opportunities for the Zone Committee in relation to drainage issues at Okains Bay.  For clarification purposes, a query will be made to the Christchurch City Council’s Waterways Ecologists in relation to the habitat of mudfish.  An area of willows possibly on Christchurch City Council land was discussed and members agreed that further information should be sought in relation to this.  Clarification of the land ownership and its management are required.



Committee Resolved BPZC/2019/00005

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee:

1.              Receive the information in the Okains Bay Drainage Issues report.

2.              Request information from the Christchurch City Council on:

a.              clarification of the land ownership and management of a parcel of land identified in the map on page 24 of the agenda;

b.             the period that the targeted rate for drainage at Okains Bay applied;

c.              an account of income and expenditure for that targeted rate, and any resulting unexpended balance;

d.             what the rate is or was spent on, or is proposed to be spent on, and if there is currently a targeted rate;

3.              Report the information received from the Christchurch City Council on the targeted drainage rate back to the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee.

Andrew Turner/Paula Smith                                                                                                                                   Carried



10. Banks Peninsula Zone Committee - Annual Report


Committee Comment

1.              Lengthy discussion was held about the content of the Annual Report, resulting in amendments suggested by members to the content.  The report will be amended and recirculated to members.

2.              Suggestions on how to increase community awareness about the Committee’s work included profiling some of the Annual Report stories in the Akaroa Mail, presenting the report to the Community Board, and sharing the report on social media, particularly with community Facebook pages.



Committee Resolved BPZC/2019/00006

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Approve the Banks Peninsula Zone Committee Annual Report 2018, as attached, subject to amendments as agreed at this meeting.

2.         Note that the Annual Report will be presented by the Zone Committee (Acting) Chair to Environment Canterbury on 14 March 2019 and Christchurch City Council on 28 March 2019.

3.         Suggest ideas about how the Annual Report could be used to increase community awareness about the Zone Committee’s work.

Elizabeth Cunningham/Paula Smith                                                                                                                     Carried



11. Banks Peninsula Zone Committee - Quarterly Update


Committee Comment

1.              Gillian Jenkins highlighted particular areas of her Quarterly Update, and advised that more detail would become available.  She advised that Shelley Washington will provide the Committee with an update on the roadside cutting project at its next meeting.  Brad Baxter will run a Farm Environment Plan (FEP) workshop on 4 March, and provide an update to the Committee in April about the Wairewa bank stabilisation work.  Posters for the FEP workshop will be forwarded to members for distribution, as well as advertising in the Akaroa Mail and email distribution of information.  At this time 50 farmers have taken up FEPs.  Mahinga Kai and biodiversity are included in the FEPs. 

2.              To assist the Committee, staff will check and provide the definition between a farm and a lifestyle block.

3.              Gillian introduced Sarah Helleur to the Committee, newly appointed to Environment Canterbury as the Resource Management Officer for Forestry.

4.              Minor typographical corrections will be made to the document.

5.              An additional column was suggested to be able to number each point, for easier reference.



Committee Resolved BPZC/2019/00007

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the information in the Quarterly Update report.

2.         Provide advice that the reporting frequency should be quarterly.

Paula Smith/Andrew Turner                                                                                                                                   Carried



12. Facilitator's Update - February 2019


Committee Comment

1.              Olivia thanked members for their support at the Little River A&P Show, particular Benita for her organisation.

2.              Gina will report to the next meeting about Beef and Lamb New Zealand’s Farm Trees and Carbon Workshop being held in Amberley.  Information is available at the link: https://beeflambnz.com/events/blnz-farms-trees-and-carbon-workshop-amberley


Committee Resolved BPZC/2019/00008

That the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Accept the resignation of Fiona Nicol from the Banks Peninsula Water Management Zone Committee and thank Fiona for her contribution.

2.         Encourage landowners to attend the Farm Environment Plan Workshop at Okains Bay on 4 March 2019.

3.         Provide feedback on the proposed Zone Committee work programme for the next three months.

Paula Smith/Manaia Cunningham                                                                                                                        Carried



Garrick Thorn departed at 8.08pm.


Peter Kingsbury provided the Committee with an update on various matters, including roadside cutting trials and draft information cards that are being worked on.


John Benn, DOC, reported on a wilding conifer control two phased programme being led by the MPI and DOC.


Manaia Cunningham closed the meeting with a Karakia/Whakamutunga.


Brief discussion was held about an earlier start time for the meetings during the winter months.




Meeting concluded at 8.24pm.