Arthur's Pass National Park.

Image: Marie-Louise Grandiek | DOC


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September updates

August meeting highlights

23 August 2018 - Geraldine

Key issues discussed included a presentation of an Annual Report on Arthur’s Pass National Park, an update on the Orange Fronted Parakeet Programme and progress on the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Management Plan Review and establishment of a Hearings Panel to consider submissions following notification of the Draft Plan.

Other highlights from the meeting include:

  • welcome of new members to the Board: Bethany Baker, Dr Heather Purdie and Dr Benita Wakefield and election of new Chairperson, Sam Newton;
  • discussion on OIA responses received from LINZ regarding lease and licence arrangements over crown-owned riverbed land in the Hopkins and Dobson riverbeds and discretionary activities and actions on pastoral leases in Canterbury;
  • Discussion on small ski fields and the risk of abandonment; and,
  • Ratification of the Boards’ 2017/18 Annual Report and confirmation of the Annual Work Programme for 2018/19.

August field trip

22 August 2018 - Rangitata Valley

Mesopotamia from Bush Stream Carpark, 22 August 2018
Photo:  Marie-Louise Grandiek | DOC

The Board departed from Geraldine, passing through the Peel Forest Scenic Reserve, visiting White Rock Station, and travelling up Rangitata Gorge Road to the Bush Stream carpark beyond Mesopotamia Station.  The field trip included presentations from DOC staff on:

  • braided rivers and the management undertaken in the Rangitata Valley, and context on the Braided River Flagship Programme;
  • recreation and historic background of the Upper Rangitata River, community group involvement in back country hut management and context on the Te Araroa trail;
  • braided river threatened species and threats and the weed control programme; and,
  • predator trapping programme.

June meeting highlights

12 June 2018 - Arowhenua Marae, Temuka

Departing Board Members – Teoti Jardine and Mick Abbott.
Departing Board Members Teoti Jardine and Mick Abbott, Arowhenua Marae, Temuka, 12 June 2018
Photo:  Sophie Smith | Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board

Key issues discussed included progress on the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Management Plan Review, the development of a new national WARO concession for WARO operators, and the ongoing issues surrounding the protection of muehlenbeckia astonii (New Zealand’s shrubby toroaro at Kaitorete.

Other highlights from the meeting include:

  • concern over water race closures in the Selwyn District;
  • concern over LINZ grazing leases, with particular attention on stock grazing on braided rivers; and
  • farewell to departing Board members Dr Mick Abbott (outgoing Board Chair) and Teoti Jardine (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representative).

Other activities

  • 11 June 2018 – Workshop on the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Management Plan Review.  This was the Board’s final workshop on the Management Plan Review prior to the draft plan being notified in late August/September 2018.
  • 30 July 2018 – Workshop for Induction/Reduction of the Board and planning of the Annual Work Programme for 2018/2019.

Media releases

April updates

April meeting highlights

11 April 2018 - Department of Conservation Office, Rangiora

Key issues included an update on North Canterbury from the Operations Manager, and the proposal to create social media channels for the Board, specifically a Facebook page

Other highlights from the meeting:

  • Updates on progress in relation to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Management Plan Review and St James Reclassification Project.
  • Verbal presentation from DOC staff on the orange fronted parakeet recovery programme.
  • Resolution to write an open letter to the Ministers for Primary Industries, Conservation, and the Environment on the status of whitebait inanga in New Zealand.

Field trip highlights

Due to severe weather warnings, the proposed fieldtrip to the Mackenzie Basin was cancelled.

February meeting highlights

14 February 2018 - Department of Conservation Mahaanui office, Christchurch

Key issues discussed included the status of whitebait inanga in New Zealand and the plight of the orange fronted parakeet.

Other highlights from the meeting:

  • The opening of the new 6 bunk Waiau hut in the St James Conservation Area, a welcome addition to the Te Araroa Trail.
  • Updates on progress in relation to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Management Plan Review and the St James Reclassification Project.
  • South East Marine Protection Forum’s Recommendations Report.

Field trip highlights

13 February 2018 - Banks Peninsula

The field trip included visits to:

  • Department of Conservation Motukara Native Plant Nursery
  • Aatahua – a new conservation area
  • Catons Bay, Lake Forsyth (Te Roto o Wairewa)
  • Montgomery Park Scenic Reserve
  • Hinewai Reserve - an ecological restoration project private owned and managed by the Maurice White Native Forest Trust.
  • Akaroa foreshore - current marine reserve monitoring programme for Pohatu and Akaroa Marine Reserves.
  • Briefed by DOC staff throughout the day, we gained an understanding and appreciation of the challenges involved in ecological, restoration and protection work on Banks Peninsula.

CACB with lowland totara, feb 2018
Board members in front of a huge forked lowland tōtara at Montgomery Park Scenic Reserve
Image:  Marie-Louise Grandiek | DOC

CACB at Akaroa marine reserve
Board members recieve a briefing from DOC staff on the current reserve monitoring programme for Pohatu and Akaroa Marine Reserves
Image:  Marie-Louise Grandiek | DOC

Media releases

Link to related article on status of whitebait inanga in New Zealand

February updates

December meeting highlights

13 December 2017 - Christchurch Office

Key issues discussed included progress on the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Management Plan Review and the St James Reclassification update.

Other highlights from the meeting include:

  • Member update from Sam Newton on the status of recreation activity on Public Conservation Land within the Board’s region.
  • Member update from Joseph Hullen on the status of inanga within the Board’s region.
  • An updated report on the orange-fronted parakeet (kākāriki karaka) recovery programme.
  • Christchurch Helicopters have set up a trust where donations can be made to help save the orange-fronted parakeet.
  • Summary from Member Paula Smith on the Hearing Commissioner's decision on a reclamation project application in Lyttelton Harbour. The Board’s submission outlined concerns about the adverse effects on marine ecology and species in the harbour by the reclamation project application and requested the imposition of consent conditions requiring the applicant to use the most effective acoustic dampening techniques available and to treat stormwater discharges to the best possible standards.

Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board Awards

29 November 2017

CACB Conservation award winners 2017
Recipient of the 2017 Award and Trophy - Canterbury Waterwy Rehabilitation Experiment
Image: Kaitlyn Stringer, Christchurch

These awards are held annually and recognise the efforts of local groups and individuals in supporting conservation within the wider Canterbury region. The 2017 awards were sponsored by The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust.

This year’s recipient of the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board Award and $2,000 towards their project, was the Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (CAREX) for their solutions-focused research programme aimed at improving freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem health in agricultural waterways.

A $1,000 finalist award was given to the Waimakariri Ecological & Landscape Restoration Alliance Inc. (WELRA) for their Wilding Conifer Eradication Project. The removal of wilding conifers from the Upper Waimakariri catchment is not only restoring the iconic values of that high country region but will also allow the natural water-flows to continue.

A $500 finalist awards was given to EOS Ecology which has engaged over 2,000 young people in Christchurch in learning about their local river, with a particular focus on īnanga through a Whitebait Connection programme called Environment Investigators.

CACB Conservation award 2nd place 2017
2nd placed Finalist - Waimakariri Ecological & Landdscape Restoration Alliance (WELRA)
Image: Kaitlyn Stringer, Christchurch

CACB Conservation award 3rd place 2017
3rd placed Finalist - EOS Ecology
Image: Kaitlun Stringer, Christchurch

Public forum

29 November 2017 - Christchurch

A number of conservation and recreational groups attended. The purpose of the forum was to discuss important conservation issues that mattered to them and to identify the key challenges for conservation in the Canterbury region. The Board is cognisant of its role to ensure everyone is represented in determining how our public conservation lands and waterways are managed including species, biodiversity, and waterways protection, as well as how our communities are engaged with conservation.

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