Stoney Creek

Update - June 2015

Following the successful formation of a catchment group last year, a project meeting attracted approx 75 percent of landowners with property bordering  the main stem of the creek.  A work programme and funding was identified which led to successful fencing and planting works.

Following a report to funders, additional funding for the 2015-2016 work programme has been identified. The Manawatu River Leaders Community Projects Fund provided $9,500 for the year and a funding contribution of $20,000 from Palmerston North City Council.

A community catchment group meeting was held in May 2015 which resulted in several landowners initiating work programmes for this year, which the group will help subsidise. This includes a landowner at the very top of the catchment, where the intention is to consider solutions such as detention dams which will  smooth irregular flows into the catchment that often follow periods of significant rainfall.

Update - October 2013.

The Trust was successful in helping to secure funds from the the Manawatu River Leaders for subsidised works in this catchment; a grant totalling $16,980. Current plans are to establish a Landcare Group within this catchment to draw together landowners and to give them an opportunity to formally access the funds. This is planned for November 2013.

Stoney Creek.

Stoney Creek is a small seasonally flowing stream which flows in a south easterly direction from above Hiwinui and enters the Manawatu River at Te Matai Road, just north of Palmerston North township. 

The creek has a 2400 hectare catchment and is made up of extensive sheep and beef farms, dairy farms, market garden and horticultural areas and an ever expanding number of lifestyle blocks.

This catchment project began as a discussion with a very environmentally pro-active farmer (Dave Stewart) who owns a piece of land with 1.8 kilometres of creek, who would like to develop and establish wetlands and sediment retention works in its bed, with large riparian strips along the banks. The project is also supported by a neighbouring farmer who would like to progress enhancement work along his section of creek, making up a total 4 kilometres. This project is in its infancy, but will undoubtedly draw great interest from this community.

This catchment also has a very visual frontage onto State Highway 3 toward the Manawatu Gorge, two schools along its length (one which has already expressed interest in an initiative) and currently has low levels of stock exclusion and large volumes of sediment passing down this creek during rain events. Based on discussions with landowners, drawing additional landowners and community members into the project will not be challenging.   

This creek is also in very close proximity to Palmerston North and Ashhurst. These two urban centres could be drawn to this project given the increasing urban interest in water quality enhancement works and the ease of access to this creek from these centres.

Catchment Care groups create enthusiasm, pride and a high level of ownership from landowners. These groups empower the community, provide networks between organisations and individuals. In national examples of these projects, funding and labour from landowners, communities and organisations has remained available for long term maintenance, which secures the long term success of the works described in the application.