Upper Motueka Catchment Collective

Upper Motueka Catchment Collective

The Motueka Catchment Collective was initiated in 2020 by concerned landowners in the Tapawera area, initially as an upper Motueka catchment group. The first general gathering was held in November 2020 at which the Collective was affirmed, and also agreed that the Collective should cover the whole Motueka river catchment. It builds on the Sherry River catchment (a tributary to the Motueka Collective) that began in 2001.

Motueka Catchment Collective Purpose

To weave the communities in the Motueka catchment together around ensuring the wellbeing of the freshwater system and our collective environment.

Upper Motueka Catchment Collective

Collective Intentions

We want to safeguard the health of our river and tributaries through:
- Monitoring their water quality and water flow/quantity
- Our actions to protect the river system as a vital resource for the future
- Encouraging interest in the river environment
- Acting as both custodians and users of the rivers.

Upper Motueka Catchment Collective


There is a lot of information available on the Motueka River from at least the last twenty years through the Integrated Catchment Management Programme that had substantial input from Cawthron & Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research. Resource documents are available here:

Water quality for Motueka river is stored on this sitehttps://www.lawa.org.nz/

Motueka River was the focus of big data collection effort (see link) https://icm.landcareresearch.co.nz/

Naomi Aporo has a project putting information about the Motueka River in online GIS resource. www.motriver.online.

Fish and game present a report on Motueka fisheries. 2017 latest found. https://fishandgame.org.nz/dmsdocument/1237

Upper Motueka Catchment Collective

Reports from past events

The first general gathering was held in November 2020 at which the Collective was affirmed. A farmer who is Chairman of the Rangitikei River collective talked about his Catchment management experience at this meeting. At the same meeting John Ellis talked about the history of the Motueka Catchment.

The second general gathering in February 2021 included a presentation on the hydrology of the Motueka River from TDC’s Joseph Thomas and a blessing from TDC Kaumatua Harvey Ruru. The April 2021 gathering will focus on forestry in the catchment and be led by One Forty One.

Notes for these meetings can be downloaded using the links below.

Upper Motueka Catchment Collective

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