This page lists membership of the Waimea Fresh Water and Land Advisory Group (FLAG). It also provides background information and terms of reference for the group.
The Council has set up a Freshwater and Land Advisory Group (FLAG) for the Waimea Plains to enable greater involvement by the community and stakeholders in developing the water quality management provisions for Waimea water resources including the Waimea River, connected ground waters and its tributaries, including the Wai-iti River.
The purpose of the group will be to consider the existing and potential future water quality challenges in the Waimea Plains and develop solutions for managing the water quality effects of land use activities. The advisory group will prepare and recommend to Council draft planning provisions including policy and rules in the Tasman Resource Management Plan.
The Council’s Environment and Planning Committee selected the Advisory Group members from the nominations received from people with a significant interest in water management in the Plains, and appointed representatives from local iwi and the Council. In their selection, Council considered:
A copy of the Terms of Reference for the Advisory Group is available below:
Check out Council's programme for the implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management:
View the map of the Waimea Water Management Zones:
Download bibliography of key reference documents: Waimea FLAG Document Bibliography
As a first step the FLAG group reviewed the existing management objectives for the Waimea catchment in the Tasman Resource Management Plan and developed a draft Management Objectives Framework to guide their decision making for development of water quality management provisions that will be added to the Plan. This framework is a series of statements outlining what the community value about the Waimea catchments and the vision for the future.
The FLAG sought feedback on this document from the public and stakeholders to ensure they had captured a representative view on behalf of the community. The feedback received and the Values and Management Objectives will be used to direct the next phase of work for the group in identifying how to meet the objectives, including establishing the water quality states and measures for meeting them.