Community Planting Day


The WCMG team has been very busy over the last few days transporting 4000 native plants on the retired area along the Whangawehi Stream. The weather has been fantastic and the forecast for the week end is great. So come along at the O’Brien’s this Saturday around 8.30 to enjoy this amazing community event. The holes are pre drilled and even the bags are pre cut …your only job will be to plant the trees !!

Darcel Rickard and her team from Scottie Production are preparing for Maori TV (Matauranga Maori series) a documentatory on the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group. Today, after our community meeting, Campbell Leckie from Hawkes Bay Regional Council was interviewed and filmed.



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The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group is proud to invite you  to its first Planting Day being held on Saturday 28 June 2014 on Pat and Sue O’Brien’s property Taharoa Trust.  Bring your family, friends and please pass it on to anyone that you feel may be interested.  We are trying to get as many planters as possible to help with this wonderful project.  Pat and Sue O’Brien will have all the holes dug so all we need to do is the planting.   Just a heads up to put this in your diary for a “Great Day Out”.  Bring the whanau and friends and make it a day to remember. 

 When:               28 June 2014

 Time:                8:30am start- just turn up!

                        4pm – Thank you BBQ at Pat’s Woolshed

                        Postponed to the 5th of July in case of bad weather

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 Where:             Pat and Sue O’Brien’s property Taharoa Trust

1637 Mahia East Coast Road- Mahia

8km past the Whangawehi Bridge. 

It will be signposted on the day from the Mahia Beach Road.

 Bring:   Sturdy shoes, spade/trowel (if you have one)

               Dress for the weather, rain or shine

               BYO lunch and drinks

A hot soup will be provided for lunch on site

Contact :          Pat and Sue O’Brien 068375687 or psSue O’Brien :    


Check out the information sheet attached for details.  BBQ to finish what will be a great day. To register your interest either get in touch with Pat and Sue O’Brien 068375687 or email

Looking forward to seeing you there. 



Green Ribbon Award



The Whangawehi Cathment Management Group had the privilege to be invited to compete for  the finals of the Green Ribbon Environmental Award. The Group was competing in the “caring for our water” category against Auckland Council (La Rosa Reserve) and Downer New Zealand (Winner for the category).This award was a good opportunity to raise the profile of the organisation and acknowledge the work done by the Whangawehi community. The Supreme winner of this prestigious award was the “Nina Valley EcoBlitz”  an initiative from the South Island.


More and more trees



Pat and Sue O’Brien were happy to receive today  2500 native plants from Kauri Park and Whakaki Nursery. Thank you to all the Whanau for their precious help. The group has secured so far 6000 native plants and is looking forward to planting them on the 28th of June 


Update on the Goat Control Strategy


Culling operation in May 2014 on Grandy lake Forest and DOC reserve

Culling operation in May 2014 on Grandy lake Forest and DOC reserve

The goat control strategy is making an impact on the goat population in the lower part of the Whangawehi catchment. Extra funding received from HBRC allowed contractors: Wayne Looney and Cameron Stevenson to conduct a 5 days hunt on Grandy Lake Forest. The team culled  208 goats.

Well done!