We want to give our catchment communities the opportunity to help develop an action plan for improving water quality, and take ownership of outcomes - Papanui catchment, other subcatchments.
We want to give our catchment communities the opportunity to help develop an action plan for improving water quality, and take ownership of water quality outcomes to avoid the possibility of further limits or land use restrictions in the future.
Members of our Land Management team have been working with others in the Papanui, Tukipo, Maharekeke, Porangahau, and Kahahakuri sub-catchments to meet PC6 requirements.
The Papanui Stream is a tributary of the Tukituki River near Otane and Te Aute. Work underway in the Papanui will help to guide the approach taken in other priority sub-catchments.
See the Draft Papanui Strategy in Related Documents below.
The Papanui is one of five Tukituki sub-catchments identified as having high levels of phosphorus. It has the highest level of dissolved phosphorus of all the Tukituki subcatchments. It also has high levels of bacterial and sediment contamination, and therefore poor ecological health.
We want to give the catchment community the opportunity to help develop an action plan for improving water quality, and take ownership of water quality outcomes to avoid the possibility of further limits or land use restrictions in the future.
the Regional Council has studied the Papanui catchment and developed a computer model to predict the risk of phosphorus loss across the landscape. A water sampling programme has identified and quantified the contribution of phosphorus from different areas within the catchment. This included monitoring of 32 surface water sites and 12 ground water sites for water quality indicators including phosphorus concentrations.
A detailed soil survey of the Papanui catchment has also been completed and comprehensive soil information at farm scale is now available online.
A strategy is required to guide the delivery of catchment outcomes for the Papanui. This includes meeting the Plan Change 6 water quality targets, but also recognising the wider values and aspirations of the catchment community. Having a strategy will also enable the Regional Council to target effort and any resource investment to best effect.
Information from science investigations and local knowledge was used to develop a draft catchment management strategy and identify priority actions.
A catchment focus group, consisting of landowners and local taiwhenua, provided local input into the development of a draft catchment management strategy which was published in November 2015. This was sent to all catchment landowners affected by Plan Change 6 and presented at a public meeting on 2 December 2015.
As well as provide input into the Papanui Catchment Strategy, the role of the catchment focus group is to:
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