A Freshwater Futures community group has been established for the Rangitāiki 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 Thornton, Edgecumbe, Te Teko, Te Mahoe/Waiohau, Galatea, Murupara, Whirinaki (Minginui, Te Whāiti, Ngāputahi), Rerewhakaaitu, Rangitāiki at SH5. 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 will be consulted on proposed plan changes from 2018.

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 hydro-electric power dam lakes.
  • 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.

 

Rangitāiki River
Rangitāiki River

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9 months ago

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

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

Meeting notes: Workshop 7

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.

The group was also briefed on the current basis and asked for their feedback on current and potential options for groundwater allocation in Rangitaiki Water Management Area.

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about 2 years ago

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

Briefing notes and meeting notes from the group's sixth workshop, held on 20 September are now available online.

Meeting notes: Workshop 6

Briefing notes and meeting notes from the group's sixth workshop, held on 20 September are now available online.

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

 

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