River Restoration| Whakaora Awa

River Restoration Project

The Ministry of Environment provided Ngāti Pāhauwera $2 million dollars to work towards river restoration of the Mohaka, Waihua and Waikare Rivers and their tributaries.  This was negotiated alongside settlement under the Fresh Start for Fresh Water fund.

As well as the Ministry of Environment, the Hawkes Bay Regional Council, the Department of Conservation, Wairoa District Council, Ngā Whenua Rāhui and the Ministry of Social Development have all given fantastic support to the project. The local community,  landowners and those who have been affected by the project  have also been positive and are behind the project.

Kuki Green, currently our Kaitiaki Supervisor for the River Restoration and former Trustee, has worked on the river restoration from the very beginning. We have a team of fencers and workers who have fenced over 20km of riparian fencing and 9km of Repair and Maintenance (R&M) this year.  The project also involves planting of filter plants that will provide shade and filter out unwanted pollutants before they reach the water.  They have planted approximately 3000 plants as part of the project.

This project has already had many great community outcomes including improvement of fencing at Marae and Urupa, protection of land from pests and the ability for landowners to make land productive.  In 2014, as part of this project, the Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust partnered with the Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Social Development to successfully complete the Pilot Youth in Conservation Project.  Nine of the 11 DOC Cadet participants moved into employment as a result of this programme.

Issues that the project has to overcome are boundary negotiation with multiple landowners and multiple owned land, dense bush and invasive weeds, steep or eroded land.  If stock are no longer able to access the rivers for water, the river restoration project accesses other water supplies, like troughs, pipes and tanks.  Where possible we collaborate with landowners and the community to get the best possible solution.

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The importance of Riparian Planting (HBRC)

Kuki Green (Centre) with Kopu Tipoki – Fencing Supervisor (Left) and Turi Paku -River Restoration Operations Manager (Right)

Fencing work being undertaken by two of the River Restoration Fencers.

What's Happening on the River Restoration

Community Planting Day

Volunteers are invited to participate in the riparian planting of native species, become part of the Ngāti Pāhauwera River Restoration Project.

Hikoi Two

Hikoi Two

On the Saturday 19 March another group of interested Ngāti Pāhauwera members were taken on a hikoi around the Mohaka and Raupunga area to showcase the River Restoration project, it was an opportunity to provide some history and for attendees to ask questions and meet Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust staff working on the project.

We are working with landowners to fence and plant the tributaries of the rivers in our rohe.  This hikoi took us to Kahungunu Marae, Te Kawanga-O-Kahungunu (Mohaka A2), Rawhiti Station, Mangawhārangi Stream, Ononi, Mangapikopiko stream (Winiana Block), Mangatūranga Stream and Pa Pirau, this is where we had a group photo taken.  The weather was fantastic and it was a very enjoyable day. The Trust would like to thank Kahungunu Marae for hosting us, the speakers for sharing their knowledge and the attendees for their time.

Downloadable Content:

NPDT River Restoration DLE

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Hikoi One

Hikoi One

On the 27th of February a group of interested Ngāti Pāhauwera members were taken on a hikoi around the Mohaka and Raupunga area to showcase the River Restoration project, it was an opportunity to provide some history and for attendees to ask questions and meet Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust staff working on the project.  We are working with landowners to fence and plant the tributaries of the rivers in our rohe.  This hikoi took us to Kahungunu Marae, Rawhiti Station, Mangawhārangi Stream, Ononi, Mangapikopiko stream (Winiana Block), Mangatūranga Stream, Tunnel Flat, Hodges Block, Mohaka Basin and Mohaka River.  The weather was fantastic and it was a very enjoyable day. The Trust would like to thank Kahungunu Marae for hosting us, the speakers for sharing their knowledge and the attendees for their time.  If you attended this hikoi – please find the feedback form below.

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River Restoration Hikoi Feedback Form