Waikato River Catchment Guide

NZ Landcare Trust is developing a bi-lingual guide to the Waikato River catchment with funding from the Waikato River Clean-up Trust. The guide forms a key element in a project that also includes plans to host a series of practical hui linked directly to content within the guide. In addition an online area will be developed on the Trust website to promote the project and enable access to information and resources.

The bi-lingual guide will be written in an engaging style designed to inspire community groups and individuals to get involved in practical work. It will focus on managing land effectively and restoring key habitats within the Waikato River Catchment. Ideas for content will evolve during the foundation building and development of the project.


Launch - July 2014

Winter sunshine greeted the launch of NZ Landcare Trust's newest publication 'Waikato River Restoration: A Bi-lingual Guide,' in Hamilton. Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy was the guest of honour, officially launching the guide in front of an audience of nearly 50 invited guests.

The event coincided with Maori language week. Dame Devoy marked the occasion by beginning her speech in Te Reo. The Commissioner acknowledged the work that went into creating the new guide and applauded NZ Landcare Trust and river iwi, for their efforts. She went on to put the publication into a broader context, referencing the work of the Human Rights Commission in New Zealand... full news article >


Project Update - June 2014

The Waikato River has been through a period of environmental decline, but thanks to a collaborative approach its future is looking much brighter. That's the sentiment behind NZ Landcare Trusts new publication due to be launched by Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy during Māori language week on Thursday 24 July in Hamilton... full media release>


Project Update - Februray 2014

During the course of development the decision was taken to expand the scope of 'Waikato River Restoration: A Bi-lingual Guide.' While this may have extended the development time, it has also resulted in a more comprehensive guide which should have broader appeal. The guide seeks to promote the idea that people with a shared vision and a willingness to take action can achieve extraordinary things. This is especially relevant to biodiversity restoration work around the Waikato River. Maori have a very intimate relationship with the river, so this publication seeks to highlight what that means in the 21st century and how recent co-governance and co-management agreements have reinforced historic ties.

The publication is now in the final stages of design, and includes a Te Reo translation which was carried out by the highly respected Pania Papa and her expert team.

The Trust is currently working with project parters to determine an appropriate launch date.


Project Update - June 2013

A great deal of work has gone into developing the material for this publication and as a result initial feedback on the draft copy has been overwhelmingly positive. We have recieved some excellent comments that will help us to further refine the information over the next few weeks.

We have identified a working title, which may yet develop further as we move to completion - 'Waikato River Restoration: A Bi-lingual Guide.' Design and layout is progressing well. A focus has been on presenting information in both English and Te Reo, together on the same page or either side of a double spread, so the reader can consider both languages at the same time.

We have support from the Waikato River Authority to extend the scope of the guide by developing an additional chapter that looks at four case studies, designed to illustrate a range of initiatives (science led, industry led, farmer led and urban community led) and introduce a more technical perspective.


Project Update - September 2012

A number of valuable hui have taken place as part of the initial consultation phase of the project. The response has been very positive with everyone in agreement that this project represents an excellent opportunity to celebrate the relationship Māori communities have with the land and water, and also give non-Māori the opportunity to better understand the cultural links. Encouraging communities to take an active role in restoring the Waikato River is very welcome and will build on the good work already underway.

The meetings have had two main objectives. Firstly to identify a suitable protocol to adopt for gathering information - who to talk to and how best to go about it? Secondly to clarify the content and how it should be presented. In addition to first-hand information the Trust has also been invited to consider a range of previously published reports - will help increase our understanding of the Maori perspective on key issues relating to the Waikato River.

Enough information has been gathered to allow early content development to take place soon. The consultation based approach will continue but it will evolve into content review, providing an opportunity to feedback and develop ideas.