Water monitoring data

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group has been monitoring water quality in the catchment for the last 5 years. 7 sites are monitored every second months including a site at the lower end (Mamangu) which monitored every month. This site is used as our indicator of what’s happening in the entire catchment. What we have observed is a significant improvement of faecal contamination since the restoration project started. This site has been below recreational guidelines for many years. However faecal contamination is still occurring in some tributaries mainly due to a high number of geese.

Water monitoring data sheet for Mamangu in December : December 2017-Mamanguonly

Pongaroa Station conservation projects

On  the 12 of December, Malcolm Rutherford from QE2 Trust came to Mahia to assess Pongaroa Station’s bush blocks. Bevan, Farm Manager, is interested in fencing off all significant bush blocks on the farm. In total 40 ha could be retired in covenanted in the next few years. It is encouraging to see the work done along the river extended in the tributaries and subcatchments.

 

Whangawehi on National TV

Sean Hogan from TVNZ came to Whangawehi to illustrate via a short video clip how small rural communities can address water quality issues.  Enjoy the viewing and well done to you all.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ttxm4rjzx9ubex6/WHANGAWEHI.mp4?dl=0

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/waste-water-solution-one-small-north-island-town-garners-national-attention

 

Species restoration plan

The Whangawehi Community has initiated a significant conservation initiative and the community is now willing to know what kind of bird species could benefit from those protected habitats. The report attached is a brief overview of the native wildlife restoration possibilities for the catchment and the necessary steps to follow to achieve them.

A big thank you to Tamsin Ward Smith and Kay Griffiths .

Enjoy the reading : Species Restoration Plan for The Whangawehi Catchment Area (Oct 25)

 

Well attended pest control workshop

On the 15th of October, the WCMG organised a pest control workshop with support from DOC, HBRC and suppliers. The day went extremely well with displays of the latest cut of the edge technology in the trapping industry. All participants learnt a lot and were certainly encouraged to continue their pest control effort.