Quake-damaged land project under way
The Kaiko¯ura Plains Recovery Project has been officially launched.
Two weeks ago farmers and the community came to hear from the project supporters – the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), Fonterra, Dairy New Zealand and Environment Canterbury.
The three-year project, primarily funded with $600,000 from MPI’s earthquake recovery fund has been put together to help farmers manage earthquakedamaged farmland, and to help get their farms back to the same, if not better state than they were before the earthquake.
The project would help to understand the problems the earthquake had caused to the ground, and how levels had changed after the earthquake, which may mean a change in land use in some areas.
Project manager Jodie Hoggard said she was pleased with the turnout.
‘‘It shows there’s a wide interest in the project and that people want to know more.
‘‘Engagement is one of the main keys to success of this project,’’ said Hoggard.
‘‘I have a great bunch of folk who have come on to the governance group to help me drive the project for the next three years, so a big thanks to them.’’
Hoggard hopes with so much local knowledge the group can hit the ground running.
Officially opened by Mayor Winston Gray the launch at Donegal House provided an overview of the project to the community, and an opportunity to introduce the project manager, and governance group made up of farming, community and ru¯nanga representatives, and to thank the major contributors.
Members of the governance group, Simon Mackle, Tony Blunt, Desiree Bolton and Catherine Lamb spoke about how the project can support landowners and farmers on the Kaiko¯ura plains with options for land and water management, given the changes created by the earthquakes.
Environment Canterbury councillor and dairy farmer Claire McKay said the successful collaboration of farmers and industry partners over the last two years provided the foundation for the project.
She said for any project to be successful, it needed to be based on strong and trusted relationships.
The Kaiko¯ura Plains Recovery Project was reflective of the collaborative approach seen in projects like the Canterbury Water Management Strategy, where groups such as: Kaiko¯ura District Council, the ru¯nanga, local community, industry, and Environment Canterbury worked closely together.
‘‘While this project is primar- ily for earthquake recovery, it’s a wonderful opportunity to make sure that out of disaster, rises something special and unique to you and your community, where environmentally, economically and socially, you will ultimately end up in a better space.’’
For more information contact Jodie (027) 551 5902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.