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From the lakes to the sea: Managing the amount of water in the Clutha River/Mata-au

We’re developing a change to the Water Plan to set environmental flows/levels and allocation limits to manage the amount of water in the Clutha River/Mata-au, its lakes and its two main upper catchment tributaries.

What’s this about?

We are developing a plan change to Otago’s Regional Plan Water (Water Plan) to manage the amount of water in the Clutha River/Mata-au, its lakes and its two main upper catchment tributaries, the Kawarau and Hawea Rivers. This includes setting minimum flows and allocation limits for the Clutha River/Mata-au, Kawarau and Hawea Rivers and levels and allocation limits for Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Roxburgh.

Otago Regional Council (ORC) is required by Government, through the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management 2017 (NPSFM), to set environmental flows and/or levels for all freshwater management units (FMU) in its region (except ponds and naturally ephemeral water bodies). These must include minimum flows and allocation limits for rivers and streams and minimum water levels and allocation limits for other FMUs.  Minimum flows/levels and allocation limits are set in Schedule 2 of the Water Plan. 

Schedule 2 of the Water Plan

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 are holding a series of three community consultation sessions over the coming months to develop the plan change.  The feedback we receive from the community will help us to develop the plan change.

How to be involved

There are three stages of community consultation sessions to help shape how we manage water in the Clutha River/Mata-au: from the lakes to the sea.

  • November to December 2017 – Consultation 1 (consultation sessions finished)
  • late 2018 - Consultation 2 (dates to be confirmed)
  • mid 2019 – Consultation 3 (dates to be confirmed)

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

Consultation 1 


What’s important to you?

We know that water is important to different people for different reasons. We want to understand what you think is important about water in the Clutha River/Mata-au, its lakes and main upper catchment tributaries.  For example:

  • Do you use the Clutha River/Mata-au, Kawarau and Hawea rivers or Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka Hawea, Dunstan or Roxburgh for recreation? (i.e. do you swim, play, fish, throw stones, or gold pan in these rivers or lakes?)
  • Do you take water from these water bodies for animal drinking water or household supply?
  • Do you have a commercial activity that depends on water supply from these water bodies (i.e. farm. tourism operation, other business)?
  • Do you place a high value on the rich and diverse ecosystems in our rivers and lakes?
  • Do these rivers or lakes play an important role in your personal history, your cultural heritage or that of your community?
  • Are you concerned about the state of these rivers and lakes (Do the current flow or water levels allow fish and other species to continue to thrive in your local area? Do they allow you to continue to enjoy the rivers and the lakes?)


Having your say

Consultation session for the first stage of consultation were held in the following locations:

  • Queenstown (22 November 2017)
  • Wanaka (23 November 2017)
  • Cromwell (27 November 2017)
  • Alexandra (28 November 2017)
  • Balclutha (5 December 2017)
  • Roxburgh (11 December 2017)

 

Record your activities/values on our Online interactive map tool

Consultation Presentation

Frequently asked questions

Catchment map

Catchment topo map

Fish values map

Consent locations map

Farm type map

Reserves and tracks map

Land use map

Principal land cover map

Feedback has now closed.

Any questions? Contact ORC staff directly

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

Email: clutha@orc.govt.nz

Phone: 0800 474 082 and talk to Tom De Pelsemaeker or Julia Briggs.

In person: You can talk to Tom De Pelsemaeker or Julia Briggs in our Dunedin office.

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