APRIL 6th, 2017
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday 27th April at 7 pm Senior Citizens Rooms Takaka. This year we are holding our AGM prior to the Public Lecture by Dr. Graham Fenwick from NIWA. As we expect a big turnout for the Lecture come to the AGM to ensure you have a good seat. We look forward to seeing you.
- Minutes of 2016 AGM (see attached)
- Treasurer’s Report
- Chairman’s Report
- Election of the committee. We require a minimum of 6 people including office holders. The current office holders are standing down this year although two are willing to continue on the committee.
- General Business
AGM PUBLIC LECTURE
This is advertised as starting at 7-30pm Our speaker Dr. Graham Fenwick from NIWA will talk on: ‘Groundwater sustainability: the role of natural ecosystem services’
Dr. Fenwick is NIWA’s groundwater ecologist and crustacean specialist with 30 years’ research and consulting experience on the biodiversity of shallow coastal and groundwater ecosystems. He has a Ph.D. and Dip. BA from the University of Canterbury. Graham is an authority on stygofauna, the creatures that keep the water in Te Waikoropupu so clean.
It was great to see so many members taking an active interest in the two public meetings. We are waiting to hear how the FLAG deliberations change as a result of the feedback they received.
E. COLI IN FISH CREEK
We have sampled Fish Creek above Fish Springs four times during heavy rain since November and on each occasion, the E. coli levels were >2000/100 ml of water. We know that this is coming from the farms south of the Te Waikoropupu Reserve and not from other sources such as birds or septic tanks. We have shared the results with TDC and they have spoken with the farmers and it is thought mitigation methods will be undertaken. As this is a wider problem in the Bay we have written to TDC, DoC, Takaka FLAG members, Fonterra and Manawhenua ki Mohua.
WAINUI BAY SPAT FARM PRIVATE PLAN CHANGE
Friends of Nelson Haven and Tasman Bay have appealed TDC’s decision to allow this farm to become an Agriculture Management Area. We are supporting them as an S274 party along with three other parties. This is likely to be an expensive Environment Court battle and unfortunately, there is currently no public assistance to help defray costs. However, all parties opposing the decision are determined to fight it as it has implications for future marine farming use close to shore. There is a preliminary hearing on the 10th April at which parties need to indicate who they will have as expert witnesses etc. Heather Wallace (phone 5258298) is leading this for Friends of Golden Bay and if you wish to know more or can assist in any way (including by donations) please contact her. She would appreciate your assistance.
Andrew Yuill is continuing to collect water samples from the Springs on a weekly basis and Don Mead has begun analysing the first year’s data. We have found that there is a clear seasonal trend with higher concentrations of nitrate in winter. There will be a detailed report shortly.
As we were about to send out the newsletter we learnt that Andrew Yuill and Ngati Tama have resubmitted the Water Conservation Order to the Hon Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment.
The application had been sent back by the Government for more detailed information and this, after considerable work, has been completed. This is great news for the protection of Te Waikoropupu Springs and the AMA. Let us hope that the next steps are not drawn out.
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