Do come and help us plant around the Inlet’s shoreline

Come and join us at one or more of our community planting days on the western shore of Waimea Inlet over the winter of 2020.

Please bring gloves, spade and drinking water. Wear solid footwear and clothes suitable for the weather conditions.

For more information email or phone Kathryn Brownlie.

Contact: Kathryn Brownlie
Email: bandedrail@gmail.com
Phone: 03 544 4537
www.tet.org.nz

Sunday 14 June, from 9am to 1pm:
Research Orchard Road Reserve #1.

Sunday 21 June, from 9am to 1pm:
Bronte Peninsula – DOC Reserve.
Access is from 22 Bronte Road East. Park on Bronte Rd.

Sunday 5 July, from 9am to 1pm:
Manuka Island.
Follow the sign to Manuka Island from Redwood Road.

Sunday 12 July, from 9am to 1pm:
Bronte Peninsula North.
Park on Cardno Way (off Bronte Road East).

Sunday 19 July, from 9am to 1pm:
Reservoir Creek Embayment.
Park at Aquatic Centre, walk through highway underpass to estuary.

Sunday 26 July, from 9am to 1pm:
Maisey Embayment/Pukeko Lane.
Parking and access from Pukeko Lane.

Sunday 2 August, from 9am to 1pm:
Mapua Embayment/ Seaton Valley Stream.
Access and parking at 126 Aranui Road.

Sunday 9 August, from 9am to 1pm:
Stringer Creek.
Access from Westdale Road, opposite the Playhouse café.

Sunday 16 August, from 9am to 1pm:
Greenslade Park, Rough Island

Details to be confirmed.

Sunday 23 August, from 9am to 1pm:
Bronte Peninsula on Stringer Embayment.
Access from 92 Bronte Road East. Park on Bronte Rd.

Sunday 30 August, from 9am to 1pm:
Research Orchard Road Reserve #2.


And come and join this community planting day on the southern shore of the Inlet, organised by Forest and Bird and supported by Nelson City Council’s Nelson Nature programme.

Contact: Julie McLintock
Email: nikau48@gmail.com
Phone: 03 545 0989
www.forestandbird.org.nz

Saturday 27 June from 9am to 12pm.
Orphanage Stream delta.
If it is raining on the 27th we will postpone to Sunday 28 June.
Contact Julie McLintock for more information.


What about rising sea levels?

Tasman District Council have at last started on planning the district’s response to future sea level rise.

Here’s a link to their web page.

TDC illustration

Their attention will inevitably be focused on the effects of sea level rise on the people of the District.  However, their increasing commitment to sustainability and environmental protection means that they are also likely to listen to and act on our concerns about the future health of the Inlet.

The Waimea Inlet Strategy says we will develop “a strategic response to maintain natural functions of the inlet and representative habitats, under changing conditions of sea level”.

So we have responded to the Council, explaining how the productive salt marsh and coastal margin vegetation can be given room to migrate inland as the sea level slowly rises.

Draft Richmond Catchment Management Plan

Only rain down my drain

Illustration in the draft Catchment Management Plan

After many years of preparation, Tasman District Council (TDC) has now announced a new holistic approach to managing stormwater in Richmond.

It aims to improve flood resilience as well as protect our waterways and the environment.  Since all of the town’s waterways flow into the Inlet, the quality of the flows directly affect it.

The Council has asked to Waimea Inlet Forum to provide feedback to the proposed plan.  We have responded with a submission.  You can read it here

Full details of the proposed Plan are on the TDC website:
https://tasman.govt.nz/my-council/public-consultation/current-consultations/draft-richmond-catchment-management-plan/

They take the form of a draft Richmond Catchment Management Plan and a draft Urban Stormwater Strategy, along with supporting documentation.  A district-wide urban stormwater discharge consent application will be publicly notified later.

The proposed water contamination risk objectives are:

TDC proposed water contamination risk ojectives

A background report identifying existing stormwater quality and contamination risks was written in 2010.  It gives a lot of detail about the quality of the various streams and drains entering the Inlet and is worth reading.

See the video about the Battle for the Banded Rail

Battle for the Banded Rail logoThe Battle for the Banded Rail is focused on restoring birdlife to Waimea Estuary in Nelson. It’s built on thousands of hours of volunteer work. In 2017 over 250 volunteers contributed more than 1,500 hours of time – checking trap lines, planting, weeding and more…

Tracey Murray and Kathryn Brownlie were recently interviewed about the achievements by Predator Free NZ.

Check out the video and you’ll see how the enthusiasm of volunteers is making a big difference around the shores of the Inlet.

A big thanks to those of you who have been helping us with the Waimea Inlet Action Plan

Members of our Waimea Inlet Coordination Group have been working with the signatories of the Waimea Inlet Charter to plan specific future actions that need to be done to fulfil the hopes and aspirations in the Waimea Inlet Management Strategy.

Draft Action Plan

We have put together a draft Action Plan, and about fifty members of the Forum and interested individuals got together in a workshop to check through it.  We gathered lots of very useful feedback.  We also received a number of written comments.

Your comments

The many useful responses helped us to fine-tune the Plan.  A big thank you to all of you who have contributed.

It is a living document, so it is likely to be tweaked further as time passes, but this version is pretty well there.

Update as at August 2019

The plan has now been finalised, and the final version is here:
Waimea Inlet Action Plan 2018-2021.

Tasman District Council endorsed it in April, and Nelson City Council Planning and Regulatory Committee did so on 28 May.

You can read the newspaper report of the TDC meeting here

And the media release by NCC here