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Groundwater Stakeholder Workshop

GROUNDWATER STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP

BRAINSTORM ON ISSUES REGARDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND HUTT’S WATER

9 APRIL 2016

 

Attendees are listed at the end of this document.

 

1.QUICK INITIAL SCAN AROUND ROOM OF CONCERNS

 

  • Commidification of water
  • Sustainability
  • Stream revitalisation
  • Being near water
  • Where are the activities on the river?
  • Riverbank is special – needs to be used more
  • Partnerships important
  • City facing the river
  • The river mouth is the view from the city
  • Stormwater
  • Flood management
  • River as educational resource
  • Volunteers relationship to the community
  • Whakapapa connects us to waterways
  • Te Homa stream cleanup
  • Groundwater (acquifer) in relationship to river water
  • History of inhabitants around the river mouth
  • Environmental strategy
  • Relationship between residential and Waiwhetu Stream
  • Use of berms for art events
  • River changes – loss of waterholes, river straightened: character is lost.

 

  1. KEY ISSUES

The group was then divided by five identified key water bodies: Waiwhetu Stream, the Hutt Aquifer, Hutt River, Wainuiomata and Korokoro Stream/Catchpool Stream

 

Each group had four minutes to brainstorm each on paper on social, political, economic, spiritual and environmental issues for their chosen area.

 

  1. SOCIAL

WAIWHETU STREAM

-Dog poo/ dog walking

-Duck feeding

-Safety

-Marae community

-Eeling and whitebaiting

-Perception as dangerous

-understanding the area as a reserve

-watercress gathering/pollution

-Friends of Waiwhetu

 

KOROKORO STREAM/CATCHPOOL STREAM

-Korokoro Environment Group/ Petone Action group – activity in Korokoro has contributed to the development and credibility of these local groups

-Recreational use

-Suburb identity

-Isolated from shops but have still maintained their own school, playcentre and these are central in the community.

-One of the whitest wealthiest suburbs.

-Suburb is active politically and are quite self-sufficient

 

AQUIFER

-Social gathering place at the Aquifer pumps “bumping up space”

– Hutt as destination for people who value water

-Social leveler

-Our use of water from aquifer expresses people’s values (e.g. anti-flouride, sustainable living)

– Can be a bit ‘in the know’ insider story

-Full extent and impact of aquifer is invisible.

 

WAINUIOMATA

-Recreational use – walkways/cycleways/trout

-Education

-Connection “between” – lighthouse/forest park/rock climbers/absailing (economy)/Friends of Baring Head Trust/Orongorongo Environmental Group/Rimutaka Forest Park Trust/DOC/ Hunters/Trampers/Campers/Orienteering/Rural residents/Geocaching

 

HUTT RIVER

-Activities – risks and issues: permissions/floods. Water quality dangers.

Flood protection vs social use (infrastructure vs social)

-Leisure activities (spontaneous) – River Trail improves accessibility. But still issues due to lack/quality of walkways and public safety

-Educational resource

– 1 million plus users – conflict of use providing for and managing the diversity of users.

-Schools on the banks are: Randwick/Belmont/Boulcott etc.

-Climate change – severe weather events. Rising seas effecting river mouth.

 

  1. ENVIRONMENTAL

WAIWHETU STREAM

-Stormwater contaimination

-Concrete channel – Naenae

-Weir impediment to inanga migration

-sewerage contamination

-Too large stormwater catchment area

-Lack of shade

-Dog poo

-Eeling

-Whitebaiting

-Duckfeeding

 

KOROKORO STREAM/CATCHPOOL STREAM

-Range of vegetation in catchment – is highly modified. Coastal broadleaf in various stages of revegetation. Some pasture.

-Some forestry blocks (commercial and noncommercial in catchment)

-Significant pest and animal control ongoing by GWRC

-Streambanks often exposed to light and heat

-Appears to be an increase in native birds

-Catchpool – connection to the sea affected by trout access up Wainuiomata River and water quality

-The area is attractive to walkers/runners/bikers. It will become even more attractive as the benefits of being amongst protected lands within Belmont Regional Park.

-Catchpool has five endangered species of fish. Culverts an issue

 

AQUIFER

-Threat of salination

-Land use on top of the aquifer

-Hutt River needs to be kept healthy for aquifer

-History of area as market gardens

-Most of aquifer protected by layer of silt

– vulnerable area of river gravel above Melling Bridge

 

WAINUIOMATA

-Natural wetland building base

-Flooding risk

-Pollution: coast

– health risk (Homedale area)

-Trout

– Loss of natural wetlands

-Stock on waterways

-Rubbish, illegal dumping

-Leaching from former landfill

-1080?

-Scrub in stream sediment

-water weeds – nutrients

-Chemical use

 

HUTT RIVER

-Natural vs manmade

-Environmental vs safety

-Balancing access for social use with the ‘health’ of the river

-Biodiversity

-Water quality

-climate change

-RMA: managing our effects on the river

-drains to seas: rubbish

-highly modified

-toxic algae

-School based education (stream testing/drains to sea/conservation of potable water.

 

 

  1. ECONOMIC/RESOURCES

WAIWHETU STREAM

  • Clean water effects property value
  • Amenity value
  • Emergency water supply
  • Historic
    • Food gathering
    • Flock mill
    • Ship building yard

KOROKORO STREAM/CATCHPOOL STREAM

– Woollen mills – korokoro (used water)

– Grand national hotel was there (moved to Petone)

– Public water supply – 2 dams supplied Petone – helped Petone get established

– No fluoridation

– Recreation – now a big one. What brings others here

  • Bikes/ walking
  • Regional park – Korokoro
  • Whitebait

AQUIFER

  • It is a limited resource
  • Free range public access through pumps
  • Use domestically and for uses like brewing at home
  • Some businesses at certain times have had permission to tap aquifer (eg. Unilever)
  • Individual use influenced by issues like fluoridation
  • Shutoff levels managed by wells at Petone to prevent seawake flushing back
  • Past few summers have reached maximum

WAINUIOMATA

  • water supply to Wellington
  • tourism
    • river, forest park
    • new wetland
    • fish, eels (locals)
    • track streams
    • cycleway development along Black Creek, etc

-farming – flood risk, pollution

 

HUTT RIVER

–is a reflection of the community that surrounds it!

– Life in the river

  • Fish
  • Water for life

-Attraction

  • Tourism
  • River trail
  • Waterfront in CBD
  • Recreation

– Economic asset

  • River is affected by drawing off to supply town/cities

– balancing these two aspects of economic resource

 

  1. SPIRITUAL

WAIWHETU STREAM

-Significance to Waiwhetu Marae

-Feeling connected to a water body

-Awareness of the significance to all of us/stories that we tell

-Kotuku visit to the stream in 2010

 

KOROKORO STREAM/CATCHPOOL STREAM

-A place managed and secured for recreation

-Human requirement to be near water for peace and tranquility and not just for hydration

-Local restoration connections

 

AQUIFER

-Gathering water becomes a regular life event/gives day shape

-No natural springs to become attached to

-Question around iwi engagement

-Lifestyle/personal values attached to gathering water here

-No aesthetic value – ability to appreciate visually or with other senses

-People of Petone – pride and specialness

 

WAINUIOMATA RIVER = Big water of Mata

-Spiritual: Tears of Mata

-Hiding from warring tribes

-Pollution of waterways

-Food used to be in stream/river

-Drained for housing

-Gardens along river

-Vegetation loss

 

HUTT RIVER

wairua

-Iwi and manawhenua

-Hutt River as most significant feature of the Hutt Valley

-“River eats the sky” Te Awa Kairangi

-Identity and a sense of place is affected by T.A.K.

-Stories/memories that are affected by the changing river

-Ownership and responsibility will improve with better access

 

  1. POLITICAL

WAIWHETU STREAM

-Central government onus on it needing to be swimmable and drinkable: ambitious goals.

-iwi

-Stormwater planning

-Low impact design guidance/legislation

-local/regional council interface

-government bottom lines are too high – freshwater policy statement

 

KOROKORO STREAM/CATCHPOOL STREAM

-Effects of Granada to Petone Link on amenity and conservation values

-How to ‘manage’ natural events in the catchment e.g. ongoing flooding which damaged SH1 businesses/train line/climate change

-Environmental effects of roads on waterways – NZTA

– Overlapping responsibilities of DOC/GW/HCC/Wgtn Water

– Fish and Game Council political clout

 

AQUIFER

-Collective management: Wellington Water (WW) funded by the councils and GWRC. Could be perceived as a step towards privatization.

-Collective approach may be replicated for loading

-Should access to the water be free?

-Who has right to use and profit?

-During amalgamation discussions WW was presented as example of existing council collaboration.

 

WAINUIOMATA

-Prone to liquifaction – planning issues

-Water for profit potentially

-‘Neglect’ since amalgamation 1989

-Need for politicians to work together

-GWRC need to work with residents

-Water use: shortages

-Stormwater pollution – carwashing etc

-Swimmable not just wadeable

-Flood risks still exist (Black Creek)

 

HUTT RIVER

-Managed by GWRC (due to river crossing more than one city)

-Matching aspirations of city with regional councils

-partnership is critical to successfully managing the river

-public awareness and engagement, includes iwi – to influence policy.

 

 

ATTENDEES

  1. Kedron Parker
  2. Cr Barbara Branch Hutt City Council
  3. Cr Gwen McDonald Hutt City Council
  4. Cr Margaret Willard
  5. Anne Ryan Hutt Science
  6. Cyndi Christensen HCC
  7. Carla Steed City Events HCC
  8. Johanna Mechen
  9. Tim Barlow
  10. Angela Kilford
  11. Lillian Pak Libraries HCC
  12. Linda Goss-Wallace HCC
  13. Kelly Crandle HCC
  14. Pippa Sanderson HCC
  15. Mark Amery Letting Space
  16. Sophie Jerram Letting Space
  17. Jo Randerson Barbarian Productions
  18. Thomas La Hood Barbarian Productions
  19. Paki Maaka Urban Design HCC
  20. Pavati Rotherham Development Liasion HCC
  21. Sandy Beachcroft Environmental Sustainability HCC
  22. Courtney Johnston Dowse
  23. Samantha McLusky Wellington Water
  24. Rob Van Der Raaij GNS Science
  25. Dionne Ward
  26. Michelle Ducat Enviroschools
  27. Ross Jackson WRC
  28. Paula Warren DOC
  29. Merilyn Merrett Friends of Waiwhetu Stream