The Liaison Subcommittee has suggested priorities for works in the Upper Waipa management zone. For the Mangapu catchment it suggests that soil conservation and river control works occur over a 10 year period, but overall the zone programme should be spread over 20 years. It supports the concept of routine river maintenance. Environment Waikato should make budgeted information and advice available.
Some form of controlled activity consent is suggested where a planned and co-ordinated programme of river control works is being carried out. For minor river works, the committee considers that landowners be able to carry these out themselves.
In the Tunawaea landslide area it was suggested that the land most severely affected by erosion should be purchased, either by Environment Waikato or the Department of Conservation. It suggested that this should be brought forward in the proposed programme.
The current 65 percent landowner/35 percent regional share funding apportionment is supported for minor works, but major works need to be considered differently.
The Subcommittee considered that as the promoter of development in the Upper Waipa Management Zone, Central Government should contribute financially to the protection of waterways above the Tunawaea landslide. It also recommended that the Treaty of Waitangi be recognised.
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