Waikawa Project Launched

Waikawa Project Launched

State of the Environment monitoring in the Waikawa Catchment has identified this catchment as having compromised water quality. This means that there are times during the year where the stream is unsuitable for swimming and for collecting Mahinga kai, particularly in its lower reaches.

In 2017, this led to national identification of this catchment as ‘vulnerable’ by Ministry for the Environment.

But that’s set to change over the next three years thanks to a community-led, catchment based approach. Waikawa Project Launched This means that there are times during the year where the stream is unsuitable for swimming and for collecting Mahinga kai, particularly in its lower reaches.

In 2017, this led to national identification of this catchment as ‘vulnerable’ by Ministry for the Environment.

But that’s set to change over the next three years thanks to a community-led, catchment based approach.

This project proposes to engage the community, undertake an on the ground work programme 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.

Horizons Regional Council will continue to carry out water quality monitoring at three sites in the catchment, which will be used to establish baseline conditions and identify changes as the project
progresses. Community monitoring will also be undertaken with land owners and community groups to enable greater awareness of the stream environment and to help identify particular tributaries where improvements would have the most impact.

Waikawa Project Launched
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