New rule book for our biosecurity
The region has a new approach to pest management. The Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan, to give it its full title, is the rule book for our biosecurity. Managing plant and animal pests is an important part of the sustainable management of natural resources.
Traditionally the focus has been mainly on managing legacy pests that affect production land, such as broom, gorse, rabbits, wallaby and nassella tussock. While this work needs to continue to prevent spread, the new plan also looks at stopping new pests from getting into
Canterbury and becoming established. As a result we can become more resilient, with pests managed for both production land and biodiversity protection purposes.
We also make sure our work is aligned with neighbouring regions’ to help prevent new pests arriving here. Environment Canterbury will have a leadership role in implementing the plan, working with land owners to deal to the problem.
Other topics, like water bottling, quarries and fishscreens, often get the headlines. When we identify a hot topic, we’ll get it on our website at www.ecan.govt.nz/hottopics.
Be a responsible skipper
If your boat or jet ski is off the water for the winter months, now’s the perfect time to get your ID number sorted.
Nearly all boats and jet skis on Canterbury waterways need a unique ID displayed on each side of the hull. It must be at least nine centimetres high and visible from 50 metres away.The easiest way to do this is to get stickers printed from a sign shop.
If your boat is towed on a trailer, your ID will be your trailer registration number.
If your boat is not towed on a trailer, your ID might be your VHF radio call sign, an existing Maritime New Zealand number or a number approved for your sporting body. A name you’ve created for your boat is not accepted.
The only exceptions are non-powered vessels measuring less than six metres in length – such as kayaks, stand-up paddle boards or row boats. In this case, you only need to write your name and contact number somewhere on board with a permanent marker.
Our Harbourmaster’s Office is responsible for keeping people safe on Canterbury’s many waterways. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the water safely, and identification is one tool we are using to curb risky behaviour. If all boats have clear IDs, it’s a lot easier to track down a skipper and remind them of the rules when needed.
Did you know? Canterbury and the West Coast are home to 14% of New Zealand’s recreational boaties. Read more: www.ecan.govt.nz/navsafety.
What’s in store for Canterbury
The conversation around climate change is no longer about if it is happening, but rather what can we now do to mitigate the impacts, and adapt to the change.
At Environment Canterbury our role is to support the community to better understand and proactively respond to climate change risks and opportunities.
While we don’t have a regulatory role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions – that lies with central Government and initiatives such as the Zero Carbon Bill – many of our regional policies and plans will inherently lead to a reduction in emissions: for example, farming within limits, reducing transport congestion, managing industrial emissions to air, and clean burning.
We have a whole lot of information from our own and other sources to read on www.ecan.govt.nz/climatechange.