MP says new freshwater target is great news for community

Waimakariri news
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Government’s commitment to strengthening national policy requirements for swimmable lakes and rivers is great news for the community, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

Doocey said the Waimak’s unique set of circumstances – of rapid growth, mix of urban and peri-urban areas, and its regeneration – made water management a key part of the Waimakariri success story.

“Water usage is an important topic for this area; in Waimakariri, freshwater is in our name and our economic and recreational success is linked to our water usage,” Doocey said.

“When I attended the local community water usage talks last year I was impressed by the collaboration between Environment Canterbury, the Waimakariri District Council and other partners, including local iwi and the community. Their evidence-based approach demonstrates the ability for issues to be managed at a local level.”

Doocey also brought Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner to Waimakariri last year to be briefed on the work being undertaken by the Kaiapoi River Rehabilitation Group to rehabilitate the Kaiapoi River.

“It’s important to me to be an effective MP by bringing Ministers into the electorate to hear our views on how things can be improved. I know the group appreciated the opportunity to speak directly to the Associate Minister. Government’s commitment to have 90 percent of our rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040 demonstrates we have been heard,” Doocey said.