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Canterbury region

Groundwater Zone: Kaikōura

The Kaikōura water management zone includes the catchments of Oaro, Kahutara, Kōwhai, Hāpuku, Puhi Puhi, Greenburn and Kekerengu Rivers and most of the Waiau Toa / Clarence River catchment (except the part of Waiau Toa / Clarence River catchment that is in the Marlborough District). The Zone includes all of the Kaikōura District and the part of the Hurunui District that is the upper Waiau Toa / Clarence River catchment above the Acheron River confluence. The Zone is entirely within the takiwa (area) of the Tangata Whenua Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura who represent the hapu Ngāti Kuri, from the iwi Ngāi Tahu.

The majority of the Kaikōura zone is hill country, farmed with relatively low impact sheep and beef operations. There are surface water consents for irrigation on the valley floors of some of the hill fed rivers and at the lower end of the Waiau Toa / Clarence River. Groundwater, and spring-fed streams derived from groundwater are used on the Kaikōura plains area. This groundwater resource is not fully allocated but its use is limited by some water quality issues and difficulties in extracting at high rates.

Water Use
Groundwater in this zone

Regional councils collect information about how much water is available and manage resource consents for those wishing to take water from groundwater supplies. Use the buttons below to view regional information on: how much water is available, where it comes from and how its used.


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  • Groundwater in this zone
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    Groundwater in this zone

    Accurately estimating the total amount of water available in a groundwater management zone is not currently possible. Regional Councils are working with the Ministry for the Environment on the best way to calculate this figure. We will include these figures on LAWA when they become available. In the meantime, for more information about a particular groundwater management zone, contact your regional council.

  • Water consents: How much water is consented and used?

    Groundwater available to consent

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    Consented water in this groundwater zone

    Use the tables below to look at how much water is available compared with how much is actually consented within this water management zone. Click the plus to expand subzones where available

    Comparing consents and use
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    The table above shows the amount of water that is available for use compared to the amount that has been consented. The �Total Consented� and �Total Consented and Measured� fields are based on percentages of the �Total available to Consent� field. If this field is not populated no data will be displayed. Some consents require actual use to be monitored and this is presented as 'Total measured volume Used' where available.

  • Water consents: How is consented water used?

    Consents by use in this groundwater zone

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    Consented water in this zone

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    The above table shows the proportion of water consented for irrigation, industrial, stock, town supply and other. It excludes hydro electricity. In this region/management zone {{hydroUsage.totalVolume}} m3/year is consented for hydro-electricity and makes up {{hydroUsage.percentageConsented}}% of the total water volume consented for this region/management zone


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