Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

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Date:                                    Thursday 28 March 2019

Time:                                   6.06pm

Venue:                                 Environment Canterbury,
200 Tuam Street






Arapata Reuben - Tūāhuriri Rūnanga

Kevin Brown - Community Representative

Helen Caley - Community Representative

Annabelle Hasselman - Community Representative

Gareth Oddy - Community Representative

Councillor Tom Lambie - Environment Canterbury

Herewini Banks - Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke/Rapaki

Les Wanhalla - Te Taumutu Rūnanga


In Attendance:  ECan - Lesley Woudberg, Gillian Jenkins, Ruth Larsen, Steve Firth; Cherry Red – Jackie Curtis; DOC – John Benn


28 March 2019


Zone Facilitator

Olivia Smith

Zone Facilitator

Tel: 027 886 3949

Environment Canterbury

Principal Advisor

Diane Shelander

Senior Policy Analyst

Tel: 941 8304

Christchurch City Council

Committee Advisor

Liz Ryley

Tel: 941 8153

Christchurch City Council

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Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee

28 March 2019





Araptata Reuben opened the meeting with a Karakia/Timatanga.


The agenda was dealt with in the following order.


7.   Zone Committee Election of Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Regional Representative


1.              The Committee Advisor called for nominations for the position of Chairperson.


·         Les Wanhalla nominated Arapata Reuben, seconded by Herewini Banks

There being no other nominations, Arapata Reuben was elected as Chairperson.


2.              The Chairperson called for nominations for the following positions.

Deputy Chairperson

·         Les Wanhalla nominated Kevin Brown, seconded by Herewini Banks

There being no other nominations, Kevin Brown was elected as Deputy Chairperson.


3.              Regional Representative

·         Kevin Brown nominated Les Wanhalla, seconded by Tom Lambie

There being no other nominations, Les Wanhalla was elected as Regional Representative.



Committee Resolved CWZC/2019/00001

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Elect:

·        Arapata Reuben as Chairperson for 2019

·        Kevin Brown as Deputy Chairperson for 2019

·        Les Wanhalla as Regional Representative for 2019.

Les Wanhalla/Herewini Banks                                                                                                                            Carried



1.   Apologies

Committee Resolved CWZC/2019/00002

That apologies from Abbie Wilson, Councillor Cotter, Councillor Hasson and  Carly Sluys be accepted.


That an apology from Gareth Oddy for lateness be accepted.


Note:  An apology from Diane Shelander, Principal Advisor.


Arapata Reuben/Kevin Brown                                                                                                                            Carried


2.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Committee Resolved CWZC/2019/00003

That the minutes of the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee meeting held on Thursday, 22 November 2018 be confirmed.

Les Wanhalla/Herewini Banks                                                                                                                            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



8.   Ravensdown - Verbal Update


Ravensdown representatives, Lauren Kensington and Peter Hay attended the meeting.


Lauren, Peter and Zone Committee member, Helen Caley, provided a verbal update, and power point presentation, to the Zone Committee.


Information was provided about the Ravensdown site, development and its products that are blended and distributed to South Island stores.  Discussion was held about the stormwater system that is being built onsite.


Improvements were noted about the storage and management of products onsite. 


The presenters responded to questions of clarification from Zone Committee members, including about onsite testing, installation of truck washes to prevent material being dropped offsite, and the use of trade waste for water.


Zone Committee member, Les Wanhalla, suggested the company promote copper free brake pads on trucks.  Information about this will be forwarded to Ravensdown.


Gareth Oddy arrived at 7.02pm during discussion about the three Immediate Steps applications.


9.   Immediate Steps Projects - Audits and Applications


Committee Comment

1.              Greg Stanley, Biodiversity Officer for Environment Canterbury reported on the audits of current Immediate Steps projects, for Kowhai Sanctuary, Styx River Esplanade and Ōtukaikino Wetland.

2.              Greg displayed a power point and outlined each project and the work being carried out and proposed.  Points noted included:

a.             Work on the Kowhai Sanctuary includes annual planting days in association with students of West Melton School.

b.             The Styx River Esplanade is a site open to the public, with a mown access way.

c.              The Ōtukaikino Wetland is a recent application delivered by the Department of Conservation and Lamb & Hayward.  The Friends of Ōtukaikino carry out a planting and weeding programme.

Greg explained that the key to a successful project includes an ongoing commitment from an individual/group, regular maintenance, ongoing monitoring, appropriate plant sourcing and professional planting techniques.

3.              The three Immediate Steps applications were noted:

a.             Ngātata Farm Restoration Project $46,000

b.             Kowhai Sanctuary $30,665

c.              Styx River/Brooklands Trapping $5,220

4.              Les Wanhalla suggested applicants should be made aware that IMS is a partnership and install signage which identifies the site as an Immediate Steps Biodiversity Immediate Project.

5.              Discussion was held about the three applications that were outlined in the report, from page 9 of the agenda.  It was noted that Ngātata Farm was under new ownership.



Committee Resolved CWZC/2019/00004

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the verbal update on progress with auditing existing Immediate Steps biodiversity projects.

2.         Recommend that funding be allocated from the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 Immediate Steps Funds to three Immediate Steps project applications:

a.        Ngātata Farm Restoration Project                         $46,000

b.        Kowhai Sanctuary                                                         $30,665

c.         Styx River/Brooklands Trapping                               $5,220


Arapata Reuben/Les Wanhalla                                                                                                                           Carried



10. Zone Delivery - Quarterly Update


Committee Comment

1.              Steve Firth advised that this was his final meeting as Zone Delivery Lead.  He introduced Ruth Larsen to the Committee who will act in this role in the interim.

2.              Steve spoke to the quarterly report.  He asked for feedback on the layout of the report, that was for the period to December 2018. 

3.              Steve responded to questions from Zone Committee members about the work being carried out and outlined the recent on the spot infringement pilot undertaken.


Committee Resolved CWZC/2019/00005

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Receive the Zone Delivery – Quarterly Update report.

Arapata Reuben/Kevin Brown                                                                                                                            Carried



11. Christchurch City Council - Draft Annual Plan Process 2019-20


Committee Comment

1.              This report provides the Zone Committee with an opportunity to discuss the Christchurch City Council’s Draft Annual Plan 2019-20, and note any matters members would wish to have raised by the Zone Committee’s Elected Member representative during the Christchurch City Council’s Draft Annual Plan deliberations.

2.              Olivia referred to two matters raised previously by past Zone Committee member, Suzanne Furkert.  These were about maintenance access structures, and CCC’s Long term Plan proposal for a walkway along the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River.

3.              Matters noted by the Committee were:

a.             More investigation on climate change – sea level rise.

b.             Further investment on a work programme to reduce wastewater overflow.

c.              Investigate options for the targeted removal of sediment in the Ōpāwaho/Heathcote River to improve water quality.

d.             Establish a public platford for sharing baseline waterway data between Environment Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council.

e.              Acknowledge an increase in funding by the Christchurch City Council for the implementation of the global stormwater consent and the drinking water programme.

f.               Assurance from CCC that there is funding for the regular maintenance of recreation structures on the Ōpāwaho/Heathcote River.



Committee Resolved CWZC/2019/00006

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:

1.         Note the information in the report.

Arapata Reuben/Kevin Brown                                                                                                                            Carried



12. Zone Facilitator's Update - 19 March 2019


Committee Comment

1.              Olivia advised that the Chair presented the Christchurch West Melton Zone Committee’s Annual Report today to the Christchurch City Council.  An opportunity had been raised for the relevant Council staff and Zone Committee representative to present to the Council’s Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee regarding the Drylands Park project.

2.              Olivia reminded members about the “Under Our Feet” field trip, taking place this Saturday 30 March, and on Saturday 6 April.  Please inform Olivia if you are able to attend.

3.              Discussion was held about the previous nitrate presentation that Kevin Brown had presented to the Committee.  Kevin suggested writing to the Minister of Health to reinforce the importance of investigation in the research of the correlation between nitrate levels and colorectal cancer.

4.              Olivia advised that Ngāi Tahu Farming were keen to present to the Committee in May.

5.              Olivia tabled a draft 2019 Zone Committee Action Plan and asked for feedback from members about any gaps or changes they noted.  Annabelle noted that in the draft conditions for the CCC global stormwater consent there is a condition which identifies the Zone Committee as having a community engagement role in the development of the stormwater management plan for the Ōpawaho –Heathcote River.  This should be noted in the Zone Committee’s Action Plan.

6.              Olivia informed members that this was her final meeting in her role as Zone Facilitator.


Committee Resolved CWZC/2019/00007

That the Christchurch West Melton Water Management Zone Committee:


1.         Note the upcoming events and updates.

2.         Receive the paper on the 2019 Omnibus Plan Change.

3.         Provide initial feedback on the DRAFT 2019 Zone Committee Action Plan as noted.

4.         Write to the Ministry of Health to reinforce the importance of investigation in the research of the correlation between nitrate levels and colorectal cancer.

Arapata Reuben/Herewini Banks                                                                                                                      Carried



Members agreed to cancel the April meeting as it was scheduled to occur on the evening before Good Friday, and given that they were undertaking two field trips instead.


On behalf of the Zone Committee members, Arapata wished both Olivia and Steve well for their future.


Arapata Reuben closed the meeting with a Karakia/Whakamutunga.



Meeting concluded at 8.05pm.




Arapata Reuben