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Papanui Catchment Management Programme

The Papanui Stream is a tributary of the Tukituki River near Otane and Te Aute. Work underway in the Papanui will help to guide the approach taken in other priority sub-catchments.

See the Draft Papanui Strategy in Related Documents below.

What do we want to achieve?

The Papanui is one of five Tukituki sub-catchments identified as having high levels of phosphorus.  It has the highest level of dissolved phosphorus of all the Tukituki subcatchments.  It also has high levels of bacterial and sediment contamination, and therefore poor ecological health.

We want to give the catchment community the opportunity to help develop an action plan for improving water quality, and take ownership of water quality outcomes to avoid the possibility of further limits or land use restrictions in the future.

Papanui Programme Objectives

  • Raise awareness of water quality issues, in particular the critical source areas for phosphorus, so these can be identified and managed appropriately.
  • Promote and implement management and mitigation strategies that reduce the nutrient and sediment losses from farming operations within the catchment.
  • Enhance the in-stream and near-stream habitat of the Papanui and its tributaries.
  • Improve the mauri of the Papanui and its tributaries acknowledging its cultural and historical significance.
  • Ensure that catchment farmers and other stakeholders are well informed, have opportunity for input, and are involved in the delivery of sub-catchment programmes

What work has HBRC done?

HBRC has studied the Papanui catchment and developed a computer model to predict the risk of phosphorus loss across the landscape.  A water sampling programme has identified and quantified the contribution of phosphorus from different areas within the catchment.  This included monitoring of 32 surface water sites and 12 ground water sites for water quality indicators including phosphorus concentrations.

A detailed soil survey of the Papanui catchment has also been completed and comprehensive soil information at farm scale is now available online.

S-mapOnline - NZ Soils Data

Catchment Management Strategy (CMS)

A strategy is required to guide the delivery of catchment outcomes for the Papanui. This includes meeting the Plan Change 6 water quality targets, but also recognising the wider values and aspirations of the catchment community. Having a strategy will also enable HBRC to target effort and any resource investment to best effect.

Information from science investigations and local knowledge was used to develop a draft catchment management strategy and identify priority actions.

A catchment focus group, consisting of landowners and local taiwhenua, provided local input into the development of a draft catchment management strategy which was published in November 2015. This was sent to all catchment landowners affected by Plan Change 6 and presented at a public meeting on 2 December 2015.

Papanui Catchment Focus Group

  • Peter Tod - Chairman (Tod Rd)
  • Shane Newman - Vice chairman (Te Kura Rd)
  • Don Cooper (Homewood Rd)
  • Brian Gregory (Tapairu Marae)
  • Nick Harker (Collage Road)
  • Maitland Manning (CHBDC Councillor) (Elsthorpe Rd)
  • Roger Maaka (Tamatea Taiwhenua)
  • Brent Oliver (Brownriggs Agriculture)
  • Hugh Ritchie (Drumpeel Rd)
  • Neil White (Drumpeel Rd)

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As well as provide input into the Papanui Catchment Strategy, the role of the catchment focus group is to:

  • Provide local knowledge into sub-catchment issues that may affect water quality outcomes.
  • Facilitate community involvement in the development and implementation of a sub-catchment programme (action plan) for the Papanui
  • Assist in the Identification of management priorities and where to target resources for best effect
  • Assist the Land Management Advisors with capacity building events (e.g. workshops and field days) Liaise between the catchment community and regional council on issues raised

Papanui Newsletters

Papanui Newsletter - Issue 1
Papanui Newsletter - Issue 2
Papanui Newsletter - Issue 3

Papanui Catchment Stream Running Through Papanui Catchment Misty Morning in Papanui The Hillsides of Papanui Macrophytes Irrigation in Papanui Cattle Sediment Dumping in Papanui

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