Proposed Hurunui Waiau River Regional Plan on zone committee agenda

Friday 17 May 2013

The Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee will meet for its regular monthly meeting in Amberley on Monday, 20 May.

Community members will have the chance to hear about the proposed Hurunui Waiau River Regional Plan, how it will be implemented, and a discussion on how to engage with locals affected by the Plan.

Environment Canterbury accepted the recommendations in the Plan at a council meeting on April 18, the Plan was notified on April 27, and appeals close on Monday, May 20. The Plan is the first to come through the community collaborative process led by the zone committee, and then tested through the rigour of the Resource Management Act.

The Plan seeks a balance between allowing for irrigation development and protecting in-stream values. It does this by implementing the community recommendations in the Hurunui Waiau zone implementation programme.

The zone committee will have a key role in implementing the Plan, and may be asked to provide guidance on whether there should be a review of consents to change minimum flows and the timing of such a review. There are likely to be other roles for the committee that complement that of Environment Canterbury staff and other organisations.

The committee will be also updated on the Hurunui District Plan review by Hurunui District Council and Environment Canterbury staff. The update will cover how the review may relate to the water management recommendations made in the committee’s Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP), and how committee and community members can be involved.

The committee will receive an update on the Hurunui Water Project, before going on to discuss the Waipara River. Committee members are having a field-trip to the Waipara River prior to the meeting, as a follow up to a field-trip in March.

In particular, the committee will learn about the cultural and biodiversity values of the river, as well as its provision of stock water.

The Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee is a joint committee of Environment Canterbury and Hurunui District Council. It includes seven community members, two Rūnanga representatives, and one each from Hurunui District Council, and Environment Canterbury.

Meeting information

Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee meeting
4pm, Monday, 20 May
Hurunui District Council Chambers
66 Carters Road, Amberley

Link to agenda: http://ecan.govt.nz/publications/Council/hw-meeting-200513.pdf

For more information contact:
Ian Whitehouse
Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee
E: Ian.Whitehouse@ecan.govt.nz
Ph: 027 500-1833