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Arrow Catchment and Wakatipu Basin Aquifers

Otago Regional Council is developing a change to Otago’s Regional Water Plan (Water Plan) to manage water in the Arrow catchment and Wakatipu Basin aquifers. 

The purpose of this plan change is to set minimum flows and water allocation limits for the Arrow catchment and to manage the amount of water in the nine Wakatipu Basin aquifers.

The proposed plan change is required by the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management (the NPSFM).  The NPSFM requires council to set environmental flows and/or levels for all freshwater management units within its region. The Water Plan makes provision for the setting of minimum flows and allocation limits on rivers within a catchment and the setting of allocation limits and restriction levels for water in aquifers.

The changes we make to the Water Plan will be informed by the NPSFM, by environmental, economic, cultural, social, and planning assessments, and with input from the community and people affected by any potential changes.

Before we notify the proposed plan change to the Water Plan, we will be holding a series of three community consultation sessions over the coming months.  The feedback we receive from the community will help us to develop the plan change.

Have your say

Options Consultation – Feedback sought until the 26 January

Based on your feedback and other research, we have developed several options for managing the amount of water in the Arrow Catchment and Wakatipu Basin Aquifers. 

We would like to find out what you think of them, which option you prefer and why.  Three community consultation sessions were held in early December 2017 where we presented these options.  If you missed out on attending the sessions there is still time to have your say!  To help you we have provided all the information that was available at the consultation sessions below in the consultation information section. 

How to have your say

You can fill out a feedback form online or by downloading it electronically by clicking here.

You can use this feedback form in two ways, fill it in and either:

  • Email to – arrow@orc.govt.nz
  • Post a hard copy to – Otago Regional Council, Private Bag 1954, Dunedin 9054. Attention: Arrow Plan Change.

Feedback closes on Friday 26 January 2018. 

Can’t make the sessions?

If you on the consultation sessions and you want to take the opportunity to have your say, you still have options!

The presentation from the session and all other relevant information is provided below under consultation information.  

We’ve also provided an online feedback form that you can fill in. Click here for the online form. You can also download a copy of the feedback form by clicking here.  You can use this feedback form in two ways, fill it in and either:

  • Email to – arrow@orc.govt.nz
  • Post a hard copy to – Otago Regional Council, Private Bag 1954, Dunedin 9054. Attention: Arrow Plan Change.

Feedback closes on Friday 26 January 2018. 

Consultation Information:


Past Consultation - June 2017

In June 2017 we started the first of three stages of public consultation which help shape the development of the plan change for the Arrow catchment and Wakatipu Basin aquifers Integrated Water Management.  We asked people to identify what they value about water in the catchment and what was important to them.  A summary of the feedback received at the consultation sessions and during the feedback period is provided below.

Arrow catchment and Wakatipu Basin aquifers Summary of Feedback – Consultation June 2017 (834 KB)

Future consultation sessions

Following initial community consultation in June and the feedback received, we have developed options for managing water in the catchment and aquifers.  We will be consulting on these options in December 2017 to seek your feedback.  Further information about these sessions is provided above.  Beyond the options consultation, there will be one more round of consultation to help shape how we manage water in the Arrow catchment and Wakatipu Basin aquifers, prior to notification of the plan change.  You can expect to see us in your community during:

  • Early 2018 – series three consultation (date to be confirmed)

We’ll update this page for each of the consultation sessions as the information becomes available. 

Any questions?  Contact council staff directly.

Email, call or pop in and talk to our friendly team.

Email: arrow@orc.govt.nz

Phone: 0800 474 082 and talk to Lisa Cain or Denise Anderson.

In person: You can talk to Lisa Cain or Denise Anderson in our Dunedin office.

 

General Background Information

Consultation sessions presentation 26-27 June 2017 (2 MB)

ORC plan process diagram (493 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions - Arrow catchment and Wakatipu Basin aquifers Plan Change (33 KB)

Maps

1. Wakatipu Basin aquifers (20 MB)
2. Existing Wakatipu Basin Aquifer boundary (7 MB)
3. Points of community interest (11 MB)
4. Farm types (4 MB)
5. Fish values (8 MB)
6. Arrow River Catchment (6 MB)
7. Principal land cover (7 MB)
8. Land use class (9 MB)
9. Reserve land (7 MB)
10. Arrow catchment and Wakatipu Basin aquifer plan change (10 MB)

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