Better future: Our Draft 2020/21 Annual Plan

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Update 25 March

With the COVID-19 situation we are now reviewing what changes need to be made to the draft Annual Plan 2020/21. If you indicated you wish to speak to your feedback, we will be in touch when we have more details, but hearings will not be held on 21/22 April as originally scheduled. For more information or to submit late feedback please email liz.wright@ecan.govt.nz.


Tell us what you think

We want your feedback on our draft Annual Plan and priorities for the future.

The draft 2020/21 Annual Plan is for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. It is the activity proposed for year three of the current Long-Term Plan (2018-2028) and is largely unchanged from the activity agreed when that Long-Term Plan was consulted on back in 2018.

Better future

Our new Council has made climate change a top priority, as well as freshwater and biodiversity.

We are also investing in sustainable public transport services. We continue to support the activities the community has asked for and to find out your priorities for a better future.

What has changed?

We are proposing a 9.8% increase in total rates revenue for the coming year (July 2020- June 2021), which is higher than the 5.5% increase signalled in the Long-Term Plan. The bulk of this increase is due to increasing costs of public transport and the need to replenish cash reserves to cope with natural hazards and civil defence emergencies.

Your actual rates change will vary according to your property’s valuation, use, location and services received, see sample property rating table.

How to have your say on the Draft 2020/21 Annual Plan

You can read the Draft 2020/21 Annual Plan and submit your feedback by clicking on the "Have Your Say " button below to completing the survey or take a quick poll.


Update 25 March

With the COVID-19 situation we are now reviewing what changes need to be made to the draft Annual Plan 2020/21. If you indicated you wish to speak to your feedback, we will be in touch when we have more details, but hearings will not be held on 21/22 April as originally scheduled. For more information or to submit late feedback please email liz.wright@ecan.govt.nz.


Tell us what you think

We want your feedback on our draft Annual Plan and priorities for the future.

The draft 2020/21 Annual Plan is for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. It is the activity proposed for year three of the current Long-Term Plan (2018-2028) and is largely unchanged from the activity agreed when that Long-Term Plan was consulted on back in 2018.

Better future

Our new Council has made climate change a top priority, as well as freshwater and biodiversity.

We are also investing in sustainable public transport services. We continue to support the activities the community has asked for and to find out your priorities for a better future.

What has changed?

We are proposing a 9.8% increase in total rates revenue for the coming year (July 2020- June 2021), which is higher than the 5.5% increase signalled in the Long-Term Plan. The bulk of this increase is due to increasing costs of public transport and the need to replenish cash reserves to cope with natural hazards and civil defence emergencies.

Your actual rates change will vary according to your property’s valuation, use, location and services received, see sample property rating table.

How to have your say on the Draft 2020/21 Annual Plan

You can read the Draft 2020/21 Annual Plan and submit your feedback by clicking on the "Have Your Say " button below to completing the survey or take a quick poll.


Survey feedback is now closed.
  • Freshwater Management

    about 1 month ago
    Work in this portfolio covers monitoring of our freshwater resource for quality and quantity and implementing the rules (through the Resource Management Act framework) that are in place to maintain or improve these measures.

    A precious resource
    Our freshwater resource includes the region's surface water and groundwater resources (i.e. rivers, streams and other waterways, as well as aquifers).

    Our activities include the work in the local ‘zones’ to develop and implement rules and practical tools to address quality and quantity issues eg potential pollution from farm activities through farmers having the best practices on-farm, and urban campaigns around what is...

    Work in this portfolio covers monitoring of our freshwater resource for quality and quantity and implementing the rules (through the Resource Management Act framework) that are in place to maintain or improve these measures.

    A precious resource
    Our freshwater resource includes the region's surface water and groundwater resources (i.e. rivers, streams and other waterways, as well as aquifers).

    Our activities include the work in the local ‘zones’ to develop and implement rules and practical tools to address quality and quantity issues eg potential pollution from farm activities through farmers having the best practices on-farm, and urban campaigns around what is washed into the stormwater system.

    Collaboration is key
    This is arguably our most complex portfolio, involving the Papatipu Rūnanga across the region and many external agencies from industry bodies to scientific institutes, as well as considerable community input.

  • Climate Change, Hazards, Risk and Resilience

    about 1 month ago

    Climate change is a top priority in the draft 2020/21 Annual Plan.

    We are raising the visibility of our climate change work and getting information to the community. Our new Climate Change Integration programme brings together work across the whole organisation.

    Flood protection

    The most significant expenditure in this portfolio is the flood protection infrastructure that is built and maintained to protect lives and livelihoods. Much of this infrastructure is located in regional parks and the work to make those parks great recreational spaces also falls into this portfolio.

    Risk and resilience

    We also support:

    Climate change is a top priority in the draft 2020/21 Annual Plan.

    We are raising the visibility of our climate change work and getting information to the community. Our new Climate Change Integration programme brings together work across the whole organisation.

    Flood protection

    The most significant expenditure in this portfolio is the flood protection infrastructure that is built and maintained to protect lives and livelihoods. Much of this infrastructure is located in regional parks and the work to make those parks great recreational spaces also falls into this portfolio.

    Risk and resilience

    We also support:
    • Work of the Harbourmaster’s Office for our two major regional ports (Lyttelton and Timaru) and recreational waterways
    • Contaminated land investigations and actions
    • Emergency management and responses to such things as oil spills, earthquakes and other civil defence emergencies.
    • Natural hazard modelling and geological and risk investigations.



  • Biodiversity and Biosecurity

    about 1 month ago
    In this portfolio collaboration is key. We work closely with our partners and communities to protect and restore Canterbury’s indigenous biodiversity.

    This includes a focus of increased action on the ground and working with landowners to provide information and incentives to invest in maintaining biodiversity.

    Protecting braided rivers and wetlands

    The task ahead is huge, and it cannot be done unless we work together. Under this portfolio we are developing a new approach to braided river management and continuing to support private landowners to recognise wetlands as farm assets.

    Managing weeds and pests

    Weeds and pests, such as wilding pines...

    In this portfolio collaboration is key. We work closely with our partners and communities to protect and restore Canterbury’s indigenous biodiversity.

    This includes a focus of increased action on the ground and working with landowners to provide information and incentives to invest in maintaining biodiversity.

    Protecting braided rivers and wetlands

    The task ahead is huge, and it cannot be done unless we work together. Under this portfolio we are developing a new approach to braided river management and continuing to support private landowners to recognise wetlands as farm assets.

    Managing weeds and pests

    Weeds and pests, such as wilding pines and wallabies, continue to be a challenge and control work
    to protect native species and production values, from new and existing pests, is a large part of the expenditure.

  • Public Transport

    about 1 month ago

    Public transport

    Public transport is one of our largest portfolios. It is funded by a combination of rates, user-pays and grants from the New Zealand Transport Agency.

    Expenditure on public transport in the draft 2020/21Annual Plan is higher than predicted in the Long-Term Plan due to:
    • revision of inflation assumptions
    • increase in bus service capacity and frequency
    • retendering of bus contracts
    • changes to the Employment Relations Act
    • new direct bus services from Rangiora and Kaiapoi to the central city.

    The network of buses, ferry and total mobility services is driven by the Canterbury Regional...

    Public transport

    Public transport is one of our largest portfolios. It is funded by a combination of rates, user-pays and grants from the New Zealand Transport Agency.

    Expenditure on public transport in the draft 2020/21Annual Plan is higher than predicted in the Long-Term Plan due to:
    • revision of inflation assumptions
    • increase in bus service capacity and frequency
    • retendering of bus contracts
    • changes to the Employment Relations Act
    • new direct bus services from Rangiora and Kaiapoi to the central city.

    The network of buses, ferry and total mobility services is driven by the Canterbury Regional Public Transport Plan. In commenting on this transport plan, the community said they wanted to reduce emissions and improve public transport services.