Moutere Catchment Group

Moutere Catchment Group

Moutere Catchment Group


From the ridgetops to the sea, nurturing the mana and mauri of the Moutere estuary, its connected waterways, its biodiversity, and its people is our collective responsibility.


To support the coordination of projects and initiatives that restore and replenish the lifeforce and ecological health of the Moutere catchment in a way that enables connection and action of landowners, families and community groups


This plan aims to motivate, mobilise, encourage and align volunteer efforts through supporting action on the ground and being a voice for the Moutere Inlet and its surrounds. It is the work of a small group of local volunteers with a concern for the environment of the Moutere Inlet, contributing river and stream waterways and shorelines. There are opportunities for action in many locations. We aim to develop a coherent plan encompassing objectives that resonate with the local communities that will lead to more productive coherent effort. Many previous initiatives have been suggested and undertaken, and our aim is to build on the previous work and related work in nearby areas such as the Waimea inlet, Motueka Estuaries and Mapua and Moutere landowner catchment group. And this work will continue.

Moutere Catchment Group

A long-term programme will require a more formal approach – developing that is part of this plan. Three years is an appropriate planning time frame in the first instance, with the emphasis on sound organisation and practical implementation. At present several relevant strategies are being developed (eg Kotahitanga mo te taiao, NZ Biodiversity strategy – DOC, TDC biodiversity strategy). These have quite long development time scales. We need to be connected to their development, but we also need to make progress independently.

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