Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project

Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project

NZ Landcare Trust has secured funding to deliver a community catchment initiative in the Waikawa Stream.

The Trust wanted to begin a funded programme of work in the Waikawa Catchment for several reasons, including the Horizon Regional Council identifying the Waikawa Catchment as a ‘target catchment’ in their One Plan.

This has led to intensive land use including dairying and horticultural production being regulated. However, there has been an identified need to involve all sectors and community members in a collaborative approach to improving water quality in the catchment to enable the level of improvement necessary.

Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project

This project proposes to engage the community, and increase the community connection with the waterbodies within the Waikawa catchment. A particular emphasis in this project has been placed on informing, engaging and providing opportunities for hapū and iwi within this project, given both their long history and connection with this catchment and their ownership of significant areas of land within the catchment.

Project Tasks
NZ Landcare Trust is embarking on a three-year project in the Waikawa Catchment, which will include:
• Forming a project group representing all interests to help guide the direction of the project.
• Build a ‘whole of catchment’ strategy and action plan together with the wider community, with leadership, guidance and co-development with local iwi/hapū.
• Bringing farmers together and supporting them to help lead the way. Providing additional resources and incentives for environmental enhancement to farmers and other landowners, above and beyond what was on offer from local authorities.
• Bring all groups within the community together to have a wider conversation than has been occurring to date.

Project Benefits
The intended benefits are as follows:
• Promote practical solutions.
• Improved relationships with other stakeholders including the Regional Council.
• More funding options.
• Water quality improvements throughout the catchment.
• Grow national recognition of how communities can make significant changes to water quality in catchments without regulatory intervention.