Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee meeting

Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee meeting

The Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee will meet at 1pm on Tuesday, 7 May, in Rolleston for its monthly meeting to discuss local water management.

The meeting will begin with an opportunity for members of the public in attendance to contribute to the meeting if they wish.

Next, the committee will receive an update from its representative on the Regional Committee, which covers region-wide environmental restoration and repair; land use impacts on water quality; as well as water storage, distribution and efficiency options.

The zone committee will then continue its work to develop water quality and quantity limits for the zone. These limits will become part of a Selwyn-Waihora sub-regional chapter in Environment Canterbury’s proposed Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP), due to become operative in 2014.

Environment Canterbury’s proposed Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP) is one of a number of key mechanisms that will deliver the goals of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy – to deliver long-term social, economic, cultural, and environmental benefits from the water resource.

The proposed plan will start with default limits for water use, water allocation, and nutrients, and then put the limits in a catchment context. The sub-catchment limits being developed by the zone committees, and involving a wide range of stakeholders, will then be reflected in the sub-regional sections of the proposed LWRP.

By building its understanding of the impacts of limits (via scenario testing) the committee will be able to make technically and socially informed recommendations on limits. The underpinning assumptions of the scenarios being tested are available on the website www.ecan.govt.nz/selwyn-waihora .

At Tuesday’s meeting the committee will specifically discuss options for improving ecological and cultural flows in the lowland streams and hillfed rivers, and identify the options it wishes to explore in more detail and include in their solution package.

Following this, the committee will look at the Target Stream Augmentation (TSA) project that explores how the Selwyn District Council (SDC) stock water race network could be utilised to provide targeted recharge that augments lowland streams in an efficient and timely manner.

Providing piped and channelled water systems for drinking, drainage and sewerage is the responsibility of the SDC. Sustaining natural waterways (lakes, rivers, groundwater) is the responsibility of Environment Canterbury.

At the meeting the committee will discuss how a collaborative approach to the project can align the desired outcomes with the committee’s priority of protecting and enhancing the health of lowland waterways in the zone.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Last Sitting Day Of Parliament: Slave Ships Bill To Pass

The House resumed at 9am and MPs agreed to add the third reading of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to this morning’s business.

The bill requires all foreign owned fishing vessels to fly under a New Zealand flag from May 2016 and obey all New Zealand laws. This includes labour laws...

Last night Opposition MPs accused the Maori Party of blocking the passage of this bill into law in this Parliament, no members of the Maori Party were in the House to answer the accusations though they denied this in a press release. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Novopayout: Government-Owned Company To Take Over School Payroll

After lengthy negotiations, the Ministry of Education and the existing school payroll provider, Talent2, have settled both on the amounts payable by Talent2 towards the costs of remediating the Novopay service and a new operating model for the school payroll system. More>>

ALSO:

Employment: Labour Will Raise Minimum Wage, Restore Work Rights

A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More>>

ALSO:

Police: Crewe File Review Released

No new evidence has come to light implicating any specific person as being responsible for the murders of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe... The review identifies there is a distinct possibility that Exhibit 350 (the brass .22 cartridge case) may be fabricated evidence, and that if this is the case, that a member of Police would have been responsible. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Plan To Protect Our Maui’s Dolphins

1. Protect Maui’s from being killed in the sanctuary set up to protect them... 2. Extend fishing protections to the entire Maui’s range... 3. Help protect the livelihoods of affected fishers by supporting them to adopt dolphin-safe fishing methods. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news