Media release

ORC pleased with community attendance at Arrow and Cardrona meetings

Friday 31 May 2019

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) today thanked the Arrow and Cardrona River communities for their engaged and fruitful participation in meetings earlier in the week. The consultation meetings aimed to identify what local people value in these waterways, as a requirement of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.

Acting General Manager Policy, Science and Strategy Andrew Newman said the meetings, in Arrowtown on Monday and Wanaka on Tuesday, were well-attended, positive and productive.

“Thanks to everyone who attended those meetings and made them a success. We really appreciated your time and we thank you for sharing your viewpoints.

“We were very pleased with the number of people who came along, and the way everyone contributed enthusiastically to group discussions about what they value in these waterways and how they want to see them managed in future.”

These discussions give a basis for ORC staff to write options for water management, including objectives, policies and limits. Consultation with the communities will continue throughout the process for developing new policy over the coming months as ORC develops Plan Changes as part of the Water Plan review process.

Mr Newman said it was a highlight of the meetings to see a lot of new faces.

“ORC have been having these kinds of discussions for a while, but one of our goals for these meetings was to broaden the scope and take input from as many diverse voices as possible within the community. It was great see new people taking the time to share their values for the Arrow and Cardrona rivers”

On top of the consultation meetings, members of these communities can share their values through free-post brochures mailed out by ORC, or online, on or before 7 June:

The next community ORC will be working with to set freshwater values will be the Manuherekia catchment. These meetings are planned for later in 2019, and ORC will be in contact with the Manuherekia community closer to the time.

Community values workshop, Arrowtown Bowling Club 27 May 2019

Community values workshop, Arrowtown Bowling Club 27 May 2019

Community values workshop, Lake Wanaka Centre 28 May

Community values workshop, Lake Wanaka Centre 28 May