Catchment liaison committees
Environment Southland has established eight catchment liaison committees comprised of representatives evenly spread throughout each river catchment and elected annually by their communities.
Their role is to advise and assist Environment Southland in the development of annual maintenance works programmes and budgets, and provide an important local contact for each river community regarding special river and land drainage management issues.
Originally established in 1979 in conjunction with Federated Farmers, the committees in 2020 finalised a review of their terms of reference (below) which has expanded the scope of advice they can present to Environment Southland. Advice includes emerging issues including biodiversity, water quality and quantity, ecological health and soil health to complement river works, flood and river erosion control services.
Map of catchment liaison committee areas
Use this map to find out which liaison committee looks after your catchment area.
2023 Catchment Liaison AGMs
Southland’s Catchment Liaison Committees provide Environment Southland with advice on river works and flood management bordering waterways, as well as emerging issues, including biodiversity, water quality and quantity, ecological health and soil health.
Southland's Catchment Liaison Committees are meeting to discuss proposed 2023/2024 work programmes and budgets, committee representation and issues relating to the catchment. We encourage residents of each river catchment, land drainage community and anyone with an interest in their local waterways to attend.
Agendas will be available on the Environment Southland website ahead of each meeting.
|Waituna Catchment Liaison Committee Annual General Meeting|
Friday 17 February – 11.00 am, followed by a light lunch. Oteramika Hall, Cnr Waituna Road and Kapuka North Road.
|Makarewa Catchment Liaison Committee Annual General Meeting||Monday, 20 February – 7.00 pm, followed by supper. Hedgehope Community Centre, Hedgehope.||Minutes|
Oreti Catchment Liaison Committee Annual General Meeting
|Tuesday 21 February – 9.30 am morning tea, with meeting start at 10.00 am. Light lunch to follow. Salvation Army Hall, 7 Dejoux Road, Winton.||Minutes|
Mataura Catchment Liaison Committee Annual General Meeting
|Tuesday 21 February – 2.00 pm, followed by afternoon tea. Gore RSA, 12 Bowler Street, Gore.||Minutes|
Te Anau Catchment Liaison Committee Annual General Meeting
|Thursday 23 February – 9.30 am morning tea with meeting start at 9.45am. Light lunch to follow. Te Anau Club, Pop Andrews Drive, Te Anau.||Minutes|
Aparima Catchment Liaison Committee Annual General Meeting
|Friday 24 February – 9.30 am morning tea, with meeting start at 10.00 am. Light lunch to follow. SDC Council & District Library, 176 Main Street, Otautau.||Minutes|
Waimatuku Catchment Liaison Committee Annual General Meeting
|Friday 24 February – 2.00 pm. Afternoon tea to follow. Waimatuku Hall, Waimatuku, Invercargill-Riverton Highway.||Minutes|
Waiau Catchment Liaison Committee Annual General Meeting
|Monday 27 February – light lunch at 12.00 pm, meeting at 12.30pm. Waiau Town and Country Club, Tuatapere.||Minutes|
For Catchment Liaison Committee assistance on river or land drainage issues, contact the committee chair for your catchment.
|Mataura||Hugh Gardyne||027 207 2002|
|Oreti||Co-chairs David Rose and Dave Marshall||David - 03
027 414 2573;
Dave - 03 235 2228, 027 205 1895
|Aparima||Grant McGregor||03 225 8702, 027 436 0384|
|Te Anau Rivers Basin||Barry Taylor||03 249 7053, 027 747 0855|
|Makarewa||Co-chairs Julie Freeborn and Polly Hudson||Julie - 03
221 7030, 027 590 4204;
Polly - 03 236 4136, 027 358 5853
|Waituna||Ewen Pirie||03 239 5859, 027 434 6829|
|Waiau||Co-chairs Peter Baker and Paul Marshall||Peter - 03
027 225 5404;
Paul - 03 226 6254, 027 306 7737
027 430 1388
We offer assistance to groups or individuals wanting to start up their own environmental care group. For advice or funding requests, contact us on 0800 76 88 45.