A Freshwater Futures community group has been established for the Pongakawa/Waitahanui catchments, to inform the development of changes to the Regional Natural Resources Plan.

Through a series of workshops held over two years, the group is helping to identify community values and aspirations for freshwater, and providing advice on freshwater management options.

The group's area of interest includes the freshwater bodies and land catchments of Little Waihī, Paengaroa, Pukehina, Ohinepanea, Ōtamarākau and Pongakawa. Their work will result in a draft plan change that sets objectives, limits and methods (including rules) for improving the way water quality and quantity is managed locally. The wider public have been consulted on the following proposed plan changes from 2018:

  1. Region-wide Water Quantity - Proposed Plan Change 9: Focused on strengthening water allocation rules and limits. This is an interim step ahead of the development of catchment specific objectives and limits to implement the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
  2. Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management - Proposed Plan Change 10: New nutrient management rules to protect water quality in Lake Rotorua.
  3. Rangitāiki River - Proposed Plan Change 3: Recognises and provides for the vision, objectives and desired outcomes of the Rangitāiki River Document: Te Ara Whānui o Rangitāiki - Pathways of the Rangitāiki.

So far, the group has discussed:

  • The process for implementing the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and what values should be provided for.
  • The current state of water quality, quantity and ecology in the catchment's rivers, groundwater, wetlands and Waihī Estuary.
  • Logical geographic areas for establishing water management objectives (Freshwater Management Units).
  • What an acceptable state of in-river values such as ecosystem health, swimmability and mahinga kai (food gathering) might look like in local waterways, and how that could be measured.
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Past meeting notes, reports and briefing papers

Check out past meeting notes, reports and briefing papers for the Pongakawa Waitahanui Freshwater Community Group.

Past meeting notes, reports and briefing papers

Community Group Pre-Workshop Briefing Notes

Kaituna/Maketu Community Group

Briefing Notes Workshop 3: Values Framework and Freshwater Management Units

Briefing Notes Workshop 4: Community Views on Water in Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Briefing Notes Workshop 5: In-river State and Use Values/ Modelling

Briefing Notes Workshop 6: Catchment Modelling Scenarios and Use Values

Briefing Notes Workshop 7: Mitigation Bundles and Information on Surface and Ground Water Quantity

Briefing Notes Workshop 8: Surface water quality

Pongakawa/Waitahanui Community Group

Briefing Notes Workshop 3: Values Framework and Freshwater Management Units

Briefing Notes Workshop 4: Community Views on Water in Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Briefing Notes Workshop 5: In-river State and Use Values/ Modelling

Briefing Notes Workshop 6: Catchment Modelling Scenarios and Use Values

Briefing Notes Workshop 7: Mitigation Bundles and Information on Surface and Ground Water Quantity

Briefing Notes Workshop 8: Surface water quality

Rangitāiki Community Group

Briefing Notes Workshop 3: Values Framework and Freshwater Management Units

Briefing Notes Workshop 4: Community Views on Water in Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Briefing Notes Workshop 5: In-river State and Use Values/ Modelling

Briefing Notes Workshop 6: Catchment Modelling Scenarios and Use Values

Briefing Notes Workshop 7: Mitigation Bundles and Information on Surface and Ground Water Quantity

Briefing Notes Workshop 8: Surface water quality

Community Group Workshop Records

The Rangitāiki, Kaituna/Maketu and Pongakawa/Waitahanui Freshwater Futures Community Groups meet regularly to work with Council to develop Values, Objectives and Limits.

Kaituna/Maketu Community Group

Workshop 1: Introduction

Workshop 2: Current State of the Water Management Area

Workshop 3: Values Framework and Freshwater Management Units

Workshop 4: Community Views on Water in Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Workshop 5: In-river State and Use Values/ Modelling

Workshop 6: Catchment Modelling Scenarios and Use Values

Workshop 7: Mitigation Bundles and Information on Surface and Ground Water Quantity

Workshop 8: Surface Water Quality

Workshop 8a: (Optional) Opportunities and Barriers & Mitigation Options

Pongakawa/Waitahanui Community Group

Workshop 1: Introduction

Workshop 2: Current State of the Water Management Area

Workshop 3: Values Framework and Freshwater Management Units

Workshop 4: Community Views on Water in Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Workshop 5: In-river State and Use Values/ Modelling

Workshop 6: Catchment Modelling Scenarios and Use Values

Workshop 7: Mitigation Bundles and Information on Surface and Ground Water Quantiy

Workshop 8: Surface Water Quality

Workshop 8a: (Optional) Opportunities and Barriers & Mitigations Options

Rangitāiki Community Group

Workshop 1: Introduction

Workshop 2: Current State of the Water Management Area

Workshop 3: Values Framework and Freshwater Management Units

Workshop 4: Community Views on Water in Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Workshop 5: In-river State and Use Values/ Modelling

Workshop 5b: In-river State and Use Values/ Modelling

Workshop 6: Catchment Modelling Scenarios and Use Values

Workshop 7: Mitigation Bundles and Information on Surface and Ground Water Quantity

Workshop 8: Surface Water Quality

Workshop 8a: (Optional) Opportunities and Barriers and Surface Water Quality

Water Management Area Hui-a-Iwi

Council have also been working with local Iwi in Rangitāiki and Kaituna Water Mangement Areas.

Kaituna Water Management Area Hui-a-Iwi tbc
Rangitāiki Water Management Area Hui-a-Iwi tbc

Reports:

Regional

Recreational Waters Surveillance Report 2014/15 EXEC SUMMARY

  Recreational Waters Surveillance Report 2014/2015
  NERM Estuary Water Quality Report 2014 EXEC SUMMARY


NERMN Estuary Water Quality Report 2014

 

Freshwater in the Bay of Plenty - Comparison against NOF - EXEC SUMMARY
  Freshwater in the Bay of Plenty - Comparison against the National Framework Objectives
  Fact Sheet - Setting Environmental Flows in Water Management Areas
Kaituna/Maketu,
Pongakawa/Waitahanui
Kaituna-Pongakawa-Waitahanui Water Management Area: The Science Story Environmental Summary Report

 

Kaituna-Maketu and Pongakawa-Waitahanui Water Management Area: Current State and Gap Analysis
  FACTSHEET: Geology and soil health of the Kaituna/Maketū and Pongakawa/Waitahanui catchments
  FACTSHEET:Water quality and ecology of the Kaituna/Maketū and Pongakawa/Waitahanui catchments
Rangitāiki Rangitāiki Water Management Area: The Science Story Environmental Summary Report

 

2014 An Ecological Assessment of Waterways Throughout the Rangitāiki Catchment
  Rangitāiki Water Management Area: Current State and Gap Analysis
  Fact Sheet - Introduction to Groundwater Environmental Level Setting in Rangitāiki Catchment

Presentations

Community Groups

Kaituna/Maketu
Community Group

Workshop 1: Kaituna Maketu Freshwater Futures Community Group workshop (1 Dec 2015)
 

Workshop 2: Kaituna Maketu Freshwater Futures Community Group - Current State Workshop (2 Mar 2016)

Workshop 3: Kaituna/ Maketu Community Group - Values Framework and Freshwater Management Units

Workshop 4: Kaituna/ Maketu Community Group - Community Views on Water in Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Workshop 5: Kaituna/ Maketu Community Group - Desired InRiver State and Use Values

Workshop 6: Kaituna / Maketu Community Group - Catchment Modelling Scenarios and Use Values

Workshop 7: Kaituna/Maketu and Pongakawa/Waitahanui - Mitigation Bundles and Information on Surface and Ground Water Quantiy

Workshop 8a: Kaituna/Maketu and Popngakawa/Waitahanui - Mitigation Options

Pongakawa/Waitahanui
Community Group

Workshop 1: Pongakawa Waitahanui Freshwater Futures Community Group workshop (15 Dec 2015)
 

Workshop 2: Pongakawa Waitahanui Freshwater Futures Community Group - Current State Workshop (15 Mar 2016)

Workshop 3: Pongakawa Waitahanui Community Group - Values Framework and Freshwater Management Units

Workshop 4: Pongakawa Waitahanui Community Group - Community Views on Water in Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Workshop 5: Pongakawa Waitahanui Community Group - Desired InRiver State and Use Values

Workshop 6: Pongakawa Waitahanui Community Group - Catchment Modelling Scenarios and Use Values

Workshop 7: Kaituna/Maketu and Pongakawa/Waitahanui - Mitigation Bundles and Information on Surface and Ground Water Quantiy

Workshop 8a: Kaituna/Maketu and Pongakawa/Waitahanui - Mitigation Options

Rangitāiki
Community Group

Workshop 1: Rangitāiki Freshwater Futures Community Group Workshop (18 Nov 2015)
 

Workshop 2: Rangitāiki Freshwater Futures Community Group Workshop (17 Feb 2016)

Workshop 3: Rangitāiki Community Group - Values Framework and Freshwater Management Units

Workshop 4: Rangitāiki Community Group - Community Views on Water in Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Workshop 5: Rangitāiki Community Group - Desired InRiver State and Use Values

Workshop 5A: Rangitāiki Community Group - Desired InRiver State and Use Values

Workshop 6: Rangitāiki Community Group - Catchment Modelling Scenarios and Use Values

Workshop 7: Rangitāiki - Mitigation Bundles and Information on Surface and Ground Water Quantity

Workshop 8: Rangitāiki - Surface Water Quality

Hui-a-Iwi

Kaituna Water Management Area Hui-a-Iwi Kaituna Hui-a-Iwi 1
Rangitāiki Water Management Area Hui-a-Iwi Rangitāiki Hui-a-Iwi 1

 

4 months ago

Health warning issued for Waihī Estuary at Pukehina

A health warning has been issued for Waihī Estuary at Pukehina because of a bloom of potentially toxic algae.

Health warning issued for Waihī Estuary at Pukehina

A health warning has been issued for Waihī Estuary at Pukehina because of a bloom of potentially toxic algae.

“The health warning means that people should avoid any activity which involves contact with the water in Waihī Estuary at Pukehina,” says Dr Neil de Wet, Medical Officer of Health.

“Algal mats may also accumulate along the shoreline of the estuary and around its mouth and so it’s especially important that parents ensure that children avoid contact with these mats as they may be toxic.”

“Shellfish accumulate the toxin and so it’s advised that shellfish are not collected from anywhere in Waihī Estuary or the estuary mouth,” says Dr de Wet.

Dogs are particularly at risk and should be kept away from the shoreline or areas where algal mats may accumulate. 

Area in Pukehina with potentially toxic algae bloom.
9 months ago

Meeting notes: Workshop 7 - mitigation bundles for

The group discussed what an acceptable level of water quality and quantity would look like in their local waterways and how that could be measured.

Meeting notes: Workshop 7 - mitigation bundles for...

Community group members considered and gave feedback on potential water quality mitigation bundles that will be used in scenario modelling.

They were introduced to the concepts and tools that are used for setting surface water minimum flows and allocation limits for rivers and streams.

Read notes here.

about 2 years ago

Meeting notes: Workshop 6 - Catchment modelling

The group discussed what an acceptable level of water quality and quantity would look like in their local waterways and how that could be measured.

Meeting notes: Workshop 6 - Catchment modelling

Briefing notes and meeting notes from the group's sixth workshop, held on 28 September are now available online.

The group discussed catchment modelling assumptions and scenarios, They also explored land and water use values.

Blue stream in Pongakawa.
about 2 years ago

Meeting notes: Workshop 7 - Surface and groundwater quantity, mitigation bundles for water quality

The group discussed what an acceptable level of water quality and quantity would look like in their local waterways and how that could be measured.

Read notes.

about 2 years ago

Meeting notes: Workshop 5: In-river State and Use Values/ Modelling

The group discussed and agreed on “desired in-river freshwater state” statements that had been drafted from feedback collected during their previous workshop.

Workshop 5: In-river State and Use Values/ Modelling

The group discussed and agreed on “desired in-river freshwater state” statements that had been drafted from feedback collected during their previous workshop.

They were also introduced to the catchment and groundwater models that Council is developing to help assess which management options are most appropriate for achieving water management objectives.

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