Te Wai Koiora

Project Description

This project supports hapuu and whaanau o Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi to become actively involved in the restoration and monitoring of seven waterways that are culturally significant to them.
Eight kilometres of waterways will be fenced off from stock, their channels and banks cleared of willows, poplars and waste and riparian margins established. Hapuu will work with their Regional Council (Horizons and Taranaki) and Department of Conservation partners to develop a waterway health monitoring framework that includes cultural, as well as, scientific indicators. They will also learn how to implement this framework to undertake a quarterly monitoring programme of all the waterways and an annual survey of the Waitootara River.

Project Location

The seven waterways that are part of this project are all situated in te rohe o Ngaa Rauru. Three are within the rohe of Horizons Regional Council (Manawatū-Whanganui region) and the remaining four are in the rohe of Taranaki Regional Council (Taranaki region). The seven waterways are as listed and located on the map below:
1. Kai Iwi Stream, which flows past three marae: Te Aroha, Taipakee and Kai Iwi and, in the past, has been a source of kai (Manawatū-Whanganui).
2. Ototoka Stream, which is next to Pakaraka Marae and feeds into the Maxwell swimming pool. The hapuu wishes to fence off a kilometre of the stream above the swimming pool and plant a riparian margin (Manawatū-Whanganui).
3. Okehu Stream is a fishing site where Ngaati Maika have traditionally set their hinaki and gathered watercress. The willows have grown so thickly that the hapuu cannot access the stream (Manawatū-Whanganui).
4. Waitootara River bank adjacent to Kaipoo Marae, across the river from Waitootara township. The hapuu has already been engaged in a riparian planting programme but many plants died and the protective fencing has been swept away in floods (Taranaki).
5. Tapuarau Lagoon is in a protected coastal area administered by the Department of Conservation. The hapuu has already been involved with the planting programme but more planting is needed to secure the health of this waterway (Taranaki).
6. Middle reaches of the Waitootara River adjacent to Takirau Marae and Pourua land blocks (Taranaki).
7. Whenuakura River adjacent to Whenuakura Marae (Taranaki).

If you would like detailed information on the project objectives please email Alan Davis on alan@rauru.iwi.nz​​​​​​​