Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 February 2021 - Invercargill
Public session - 7pm - 8.30pm - Venue to be confirmed.
Workshop ten - Te Anau
The focus of the workshop was to gain a deeper understanding of the potential methods and limits to achieve freshwater outcomes under the new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management; to learn more about Te Tiriti O Waitangi and to understand impacts of cumulative effects and role of integrated catchment management. The forum members were able to build on our understanding of contaminant load and what this means for over allocation, and the cumulative effects this has on our rivers and estuaries. They know that there are challenging contaminant load problems that need to be addressed. They understand that all discharge sources, from rural, urban and industrial areas, will need to be considered when forming our advice to council and Te Ao Marama board.
The forum members appreciate that the impacts of climate change may further compound the challenge of effectively managing regional freshwater outcomes, with increasing frequency, size and duration of severe weather events predicted.
Workshop nine - Riversdale
Workshop nine was held in Riversdale. The focus of the workshop was around understanding the framework for determining the community values and objectives for freshwater and how the community and iwi values have been woven together. The forum also took a closer look at the policy tools available which will help in the Regional Forum's decision making for the recommendations they will provide to council and Te Ao Marama board. They also began discussing how to apply the tools through scenario testing and gained a sense of scale of the change likely to be required to meet Southland’s freshwater objectives.
The eighth workshop was held in Riverton. It was the first opportunity for the forum members to get together since February and they made significant progress on understanding the policy context, learned more about uncertainty and began their discussions on the assessment criteria they will use to make decisions.
Throughout the two day workshop, the forum members spent time deepening their understanding and discussing the iwi values for water. They learned that the aspirations of the wider community align well with those of the people of Ngai Tahi ki Murihiku. They are considering all they have seen and heard over the last 10-12 months and are finalising their first package of advice to Council shortly [delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions].
Forum members were presented with the work from the iwi values workstream, which included a literature review and kanohi a kanohi (face-to-face) interviews with iwi from across Southland. They continued to learn about and discuss issues with Southland’s water quality and quantity and delver further into the detail around the draft freshwater objectives. The forum members are looking towards the end of Phase Two when they will put their first package of advice to Council and Te Ao Marama board members on potential methods to improve water quality.
The fifth workshop was held in Tuatapere, where forum members began to hear the results of the Share Your Wai campaign, which collected community values for water from people across Southland. They received their first look at the draft freshwater objectives package being developed for Southland, and spent time discussing national bottom lines and what these look like for Southland. This workshop is the first in Phase Two of the Regional Forum programme.
The fourth workshop was held in Invercargill, where forum members continued to build their knowledge of the Southland environment and the policy space they are working in. This workshop completes Phase One of the Regional Forum programme.
The third workshop was held in Te Anau, where forum members continued to build their knowledge of the Southland environment and the policy space they are working in.
During the second workshop in Gore, forum members had an opportunity to meet with members of the Environment Southland monitoring team and see how they carry out water quality and quantity monitoring at the Mataura River at Gore’s monitoring site.
The first workshop focused on allowing the members to start to get to know one another; to start exploring their roles and responsibilities as well as the roles of Environment Southland and Te Ao Marama; to start developing a code of conduct and begin to explore the context of the work ahead, in particular change and decision making.