CIF Project - Hurunui Water Project

Last updated: 16 September 2010

Grant No: 09/03

Contact details

Name of Applicant Group: Hurunui Water Project Ltd
Contact person: Amanda Loeffen
Address: PO Box 29031 Christchurch 8540
Telephone: 021 359 049
Email: amanda@alresources.co.nz

Project details

Status: Finished
CIF funding: $62,500
Total project funding:
Proposed start date: 2009-07
Proposed finish date: 2010-06
Region: North Canterbury

Hurunui Water Project final report

Project Update:  June 2010

The Hurunui Water Project (HWP) lodged a resource consent application in June 2009.  The process was put on hold until the end of October 2010 to address gaps in the research as identified by the Section 92 process under the resource consent.

On the 21st July, a moratorium was placed on the Hurunui catchment, effectively stopping all progress on the resource consent to allow the Hurunui-Waiau zone committee some breathing space to consider water management options for the district.  Our expectation is that HWP will support the zonal committee, as we are holders of the majority of the recent research that has been done in the catchment.  Meanwhile, we are expecting that progress on the Water conservation Order and NRRP will continue, such that a planning framework will be in place for the project to be considered.

Communication has been a key part of the project so far, and we are working with stakeholders at four levels:

  1. Individual meetings with interested parties.
  2. Forums and A&P shows to target an audience of interested locals that will be affected by the project.
  3. Press releases, ongoing website updates and articles to inform the wider public.
  4. A monthly newsletter to all interested parties, updating on progress.  We are expecting communication to take the form of more frequent community meetings and presentations for the coming year.

Sitting behind this information flow, we are supporting the case with further research to validate earlier work.  Feedback from stakeholders has enabled us to focus our effects on the areas that are of greatest concern to people.  In particular, we are concentrating on how the effects of the scheme are going to be minimised for Lake Sumner; understanding the changes to flows at different points of the river and how it will be perceived by different recreational and ecological river users; developing a fuller understanding of the potential land uses with irrigation; and also gaining a greater understanding of the link between irrigation and welfare for the community.

Project Update: February 2010

The Hurunui Water Project lodged a resource consent application in June 2009. The process was put on hold until the end of February 2010 to enable consultation with the applicants for the Water Conservation Order. The intention was to put both processes on hold to allow the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS) a chance to proceed without distractions. The CWMS is a strategy led by the mayoral forum with a goal to encompass all aspects of biodiversity and water storage from a broader perspective. It could eventually replace some of the more adversarial legal processes that currently exist.

Unfortunately, the adjournment did not occur, and now the HWP, the Regional Council, and the government are all facing at least four statutory and non-statutory processes this year. This includes the WCO environment court hearings and NRRP notification for the Hurunui Water Management Strategy in June, the Resource Consent hearings later this year, and the Hurunui Zonal Committee process.

Communication has been a key part of the project so far, and we are working with stakeholders at three levels: 1. Individual meetings with interested parties, 2. Forums and A&P shows to target an audience of interested locals that will be affected by the project, and 3. Press releases, ongoing website updates and articles to inform the wider public.

Sitting behind this information flow, we are supporting the case with further research to validate earlier work. Feedback from stakeholders has enabled us to focus our effects on the areas that are of greatest concern to people. In particular, we are concentrating on how the effects of the scheme are going to be minimised for Lake Sumner; understanding the changes to flows at different points of the river and how it will be perceived by different recreational and ecological river users; developing a fuller understanding of the potential land uses with irrigation; and also gaining a greater understanding of the link between irrigation and welfare for the community.

 

Last Updated: 19 May 2011

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