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

 


National recognition for community-based water management

National recognition for community-based water management strategy

All local authorities in Canterbury have been jointly recognised at the inaugural LGNZ (Local Government New Zealand) Excellence Awards, which honour council projects, programmes and people making an impact in local communities.

The authorities have been highly commended for the Canterbury Water Management Strategy’s
ground breaking community-led approach to natural resource management in the region.

The strategy was developed by the Canterbury Mayoral Forum and introduced in 2009 in response to significant growth in the agricultural sector that had created unprecedented demand for water. Its objective was to put management of water resources into the hands of local communities.

Environment Canterbury Chair, Dame Margaret Bazley, who represented the region’s local authorities at the awards presentation in Nelson on Monday night, says the strategy is already being credited for transforming the region’s approach to water management from adversarial to more community controlled and owned.

At its core are 10 zone water management committees, which are responsible for many decisions affecting water management. Each committee has up to 15 members drawn from Environment Canterbury, territorial authorities with an interest in the zone, Ngāi Tahu/rūnanga and other members of the local community.

“The outstanding work these committees do in partnership with their local communities has meant the strategy is already effecting the change necessary to ensure management of the water resource reflects the needs of everybody with an interest in its wellbeing,” Dame Margaret says.

“The range of initiatives that have already emerged from this new approach are possibly more advanced than might have been anticipated five years ago. For example, the Immediate Steps Biodiversity Programme has already allocated about $3.5 million to 130 different projects.

“Nearly 250,000 plants have been planted as part of the restoration of Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere), an area of great cultural importance to Ngāi Tahu.”

Dame Margaret says the strategy is also playing an important role in advancing water infrastructure in the region.

“Before the strategy was in place, localised irrigation schemes were being developed without much consideration of how they might overlap with each other. The strategy ensures the schemes are all talking to each other and allows developers to access expertise within our local authorities to assist with their funding applications and other important work.”

Dame Margaret says LGNZ’s recognition of the strategy’s successes to date reflects the significant commitment of councils and communities throughout Canterbury to working together to ensure sustainable and equitable water management.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Urban Planning Report: Momentum Grows To Replace The RMA

A major new report from the Productivity Commission lays the foundation for action on the growing political consensus that the Resource Management Act and associated laws are failing both cities and the natural environment and need a complete rewrite.

Published this morning, the final “Better Urban Planning” report is the culmination of eight years of investigations ordered by the government into the causes of unaffordable housing and urban planning. More>>

 

Vaping: Quitline Supports Decision To Legalise Nicotine E-Cigarettes

Today Associate Minister of Health, Hon Nicky Wagner has announced that Government are taking the proactive step of legalising nicotine e-cigarettes, a move which Quitline is pleased to hear and support wholeheartedly. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Labour/Greens Deal (And The NZDF)

If Labour and the Greens were hoping their Budget Responsibility Rules (BRR) agreement would foster an unlikely alliance then hey… mission accomplished! Because it isn’t every day that Sue Bradford, the CTU and Matthew Hooton speak with one voice, as happened yesterday. More>>

ALSO:

Until After The Election: Extension Of Report-Back Date For Havelock North Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel. More>>

ALSO:

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news