Press release for the project

The has been fortunate to have some very good media coverage over the past few weeks. You can follow the links or browse via the Communication tab. Happy reading.


WairoaStarJune2017-Green RibbonAwards


Hon Dr Nick Smith- Press Release

Green Ribbon Awards

HBTodayJune2017-Green RibbonAwards

Gisborne Herald June2017- Green Ribbon Awards


Green Ribbon Awards

Kia ora Koutou,

As you probably all know, on the 10th of June,  the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group was awarded  two significant awards. The group won the Award in the “Caring for our water category” and the Supreme Award for 2017.  These awards mean a lot to us, a lot of hard work has been put into the project by all our volunteers, landowners, Marae representatives and we are all so happy. A big thank you to you all who have given your time for the group to succeed.

The evening ceremony was an exceptional moment for me. This nomination was the 4th in a row and I was wondering if one day I would be on stage! It paid to be patient.

I was a bit speechless when Minister Nick Smith gave us the Supreme Award but Pat O’Brien did a good job in acknowledging the work done by the community. Well done to you all.

Here is the whakatauki I shared during my brief speech for the “Caring for our waters” Award :

Ma te   tumanako

Ma te titiro

Ma te whakarongo

Ma te mahitahi

Ma  te manawanui

Ma te aroha

ka taea e au


By believing and trusting

By having faith and hope

By looking and searching

By listening and hearing

By working and striving together

By patience and perseverance

By doing this with love and compassion

We can succeed



Successful planting day

A big thank you to all the volunteers who came to support the Whangawehi planting on Okepuha Station. The weather was challenging but overall we established 5 500 trees in 5 hours. Richard Coop organised a very generous barbe to make sure all our volunteers had enough energy to complete the task! Holes had been pre dug a couple of days before the event by Malcolm Westerlund who saved us a lot of energy.

The trees planted include some majestic species Totara, Kahikatea, Matai and other smaller species. The rest of the trees will established in the next few weeks.

Thank you all  for your contribution.







Planting day going ahead

Hi all,

The planting day on Okepuha Station is going ahead with some good weather hopefully.

Date : 17th of June 2017

Location : Okepuha Station 1782 Mahia East Coast Road

See flyer attached : WhangawehiPlanting2017

Please give me a call if you need any more information.

Thank you for your support.



Planting day postponed

Hi all,

My apologies but the weather is challenging us again, we have made the decision to postpone our planting day planned for the 10th of June.

There is no postponement date pencilled at this stage, we are waiting to enter a more stable weather pattern. We will be in touch with you when we reschedule the event.

The latest updates will be posted on our blog :

My apologies for the inconvenience.

Kind regards



Whangawehi Finalist at the Green Ribbon Award

“The Green Ribbon Awards recognise the recognise outstanding contributions by individuals, communities and organisations to protect and manage New Zealand’s environment”.

The WCMG has been selected as a finalist to the most prestigious environmental awards in the country, it is a privilege and a significant recognition for our landowners, community and Marae. It is the 4th time in a row that the group competes but this year, the WCMG was able to demonstrate for the first time via HBRC input that the work done was improving significantly water quality. This is unique in Hawkes Bay and we hope that the hard work achieved by all our volunteers will be recognised and awarded by a winner prize in the “caring for our water” category.

Well done to you all.

We will keep you posted.


Successful applications for Whangawehi

The group is privileged to be the recipient of two funds cumulating a total amount of  $130 K inclusive of GST. These grants will be used to continue our restoration project including water testing, riparian planting and bush fencing on Taharoa Trust.

A big thank you to our sponsors for their continued support.

Workshop on financial sustainability

We have achieved a lot in the past five years, through the support of landowners, Marae, school, community and public agencies. We now need to look forward to identify our next set of goals, and both preserve and diversity the funding sources which will enable us to achieve those goals.

Two facilitators, Gerard Quinn and Will Allen, ran a very encouraging workshop at Kaiuku Marae and helped the group look at avenues for longer-term funding sustainability.

It was fascinating to be part of the outcome harvesting and headlines exercises and compare the data with the one collected 2 years ago.

A big thank you to you all for your input, to HBRC for funding this really important workshop and to the Kaiuku Marae for welcoming us so well.