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Keen to improve Waimakariri’s biodiversity? Keen to improve Waimakariri’s biodiversity?

The Waimakariri Water Zone Committee Biodiversity Working Group is seeking trustees for an independent community-based Biodiversity Trust that will work collaboratively to improve the local environment. Biodiversity Working Group member Dr Judith Roper-Lindsay says they are seeking people from a variety of age groups and backgrounds to reflect the diverse range of people living in Waimakariri who are interested in the protection, restoration, and development of native biodiversity.  “We’re aiming for a collaborative approach and want ...

Mount Lawry beech forest to be protected Mount Lawry beech forest to be protected

The Waimakariri Water Zone Committee is supporting biodiversity funding of $50,000 for 150 hectares of remnant beech forest, wetlands and manuka scrub on Mount Lawry Station. Waimakariri District Council, Environment Canterbury and the QEII Trust are working together with the landowner to support the retirement, fencing and permanent protection of this significant area.  Due to the high overall project costs ($590,000) an application has also been made to the Jobs for Nature fund.  Environment Canterbury Biodiversity office ...
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Restoring our fragile freshwater systems Restoring our fragile freshwater systems

When I started writing this piece, I was sitting in my Kaiapoi office on a sweltering 30-degree summer’s day, and I could hear faint “plops” as youngsters pulled "phat manus" and "bombs" off the bridge into the Kaiapoi River as generations before them have done.  Do they know that the river is deemed “unsuitable” for swimming with E. coli levels of up to 2420 per 100ml? This information is available on LAWA’s website Land, Air, ...
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Temporary Aqua Play Park Concept for Kaiapoi Temporary Aqua Play Park Concept for Kaiapoi

The Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board has approved public consultation for a proposal to establish a temporary Aqua Play Park at the lake within Kaiapoi’s NCF Reserve. The concept was pitched to the Council by Wai Hukao Waitaha, who are the same group working through a feasibility study for a proposed Aqua Sports Facility in the Kaiapoi East Regeneration Area. They say the temporary Aqua Play Park will enhance the community and could bring a large amount of ...
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Algal Bloom in Waimakariri River at Thompsons Road Algal Bloom in Waimakariri River at Thompsons Road

Canterbury District Health Board's Community and Public Health unit has issued a health warning after potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) was found in the Waimakariri River at Thompsons Road (The Willows). People should avoid the area and animals, particularly dogs, should not be allowed near the water until the health warning has been lifted. There are also other access points along the Waimakariri River that may have benthic cyanobacteria present. People are advised to treat every ...

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