Update on the school programme

Last week, students of Te Mahia school learnt how to prepare a planting project as they will be in charge of the establishment of 150 trees on the 4th of September. With the guidance of whanau and teachers, students talked about, ground preparation, weed and pest control, tree selection, planting design, budget, communication etc.

Te Mahia students and Whanau are active members of the Whangawehi Catchment restoration project and it was good to see their enthusiasm and interest. 

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Whangawehi Catchment Management Groups’ Newsletter and press release

Kia ora koutou,

If you want to know more about what has been happening over the past few months, please read our new Newsletter

August newsletter 2014 and check out the posts broadcasted on the blog. Congratulations to you all for all the remarkable milestones reached so far. The Pride of NZ Award is certainly an outstanding recognition of the work the Mahia community is doing..well done. If you haven’t voted yet, please follow the link http://prideofnzawards.co.nz/peopleschoice and vote for Kathleen Mato.

Nga mihi nui

Also attached a couple of press releases covering the award.

Enjoy the reading

Press release :

Prideof NZAwardWairoaStar


Weaving and Carving workshop – 5 min film

The short film covering our latest workshop is now available on you tube, you can check it out on http://youtu.be/sVl1ybLqC3U or hit our communication tab.
A big thank you to Te Mahia school teachers, Enviro School Coordinator and the Mahia Community for their help and creativity during this busy day.

Enjoy the viewing.

Weaving and Carving Workshop – Te Mahia School

Te Mahia school students had the unique opportunity to learn how to carve and weave flax during a workshop held at Te Mahia school by local kaumatua and Kuia.


A big thank you to all the whanau who came to share their knowledge around Maori art in general. This initiative is part of the curriculum developped with Te Mahia school, the enviroschool network and the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group in order to transfer local knowledge around Matauranga Maori activities.

All students really enjoyed the day and took home their precious Taonga (carved pumice, Maori Flute, flax flowers and little kete).

In a couple of weeks, the next workshop will focus on how to prepare a planting programme. The students will be asked to think about all the steps and questions that need to be answered before planting a tree in the ground. The 6 house groups will work around : what tree to plant, ground preparation pre planting, weed control post planting, animal pest control,properties of the trees to establish (Rongoa, customary, bees etc.), health and safety and communication

Once the students have presented a clear and comprehensive planting design, they will implement it on the 4th of September with a planting day on Pongaroa Station.

If you are interested and want to be involved, come along!






Kaitiaki Competition

Te Mahia School students are competing for an environmental competition as part of the curriculum developed with the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group. The winners will be announced during the Award ceremony on the 20th of November.

Two students and one adult will have the unique opportunity to spend 4 days with Helen Jonas (DOC) on Waikawa Island and assist her in her conservation work including bird watching, banding, trapping et.

Waikawa Island

Waikawa Island

North of Waikawa

North of Waikawa

Ataahua Waikawa

Pride of NZ Award – Commercial on TV!

Kia ora koutou,

Our commercial for the Pride of NZ Award was launched yesterday, you can check it out on http://youtu.be/u1TqkoeVon8.
Well done Te Mahia school for showcasing one of our most valuable initiative.

Now the competition has officially started and we need your help to win. Could you and your whanau vote for our project on

http://prideofnzawards.co.nz/peopleschoice (environment category- Kathleen Mato)

Nga mihi nui

Days Times and Programmes when our “Commercial” will be screened

Date Day Channel Time Programme

11th Aug Monday Prime 20.18 Best of Top Gear
11th Aug Monday TV3 20.40 Action movie Cowboys
12th Aug Tuesday TV3 6.20 3 News Firstline

12th Aug Tuesday The Box 9.10 Ice Road Truckers

12th Aug Tuesday TV3 12.10 3 News

12th Aug Tuesday Prime 20.10 60 Minutes

12th Aug Tuesday Prime 21.20 Sleepy Hollow

12th Aug Tuesday TV3 23.30 The Good Wife

13th Aug WednesdayTV3 21.10 3rd Degree

13th Aug WednesdayThe Box 21.50 Hawaii Five O

14th Aug ThursdayPrime 20.18 Modern Family

14th Aug ThursdayTV 20.40 Inxs-Never Tear Us

15th Aug Friday Prime 7.06 Deal or no Deal

15th Aug FridayTV3 12.10 3 News

15th Aug Friday TV3 20.20 The X Factor Australia

16th Aug SaturdayTV3 7.10 Rheem Outdoors with

16th Aug SaturdayPrime 17.20 Better Homes and Gardens

16th Aug SaturdayTV3 20.10 Ice Road Truckers

16th Aug SaturdayPrime21.28 Midsomer Murders

Pride of NZ Award for the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group

Kathleen Mato and Rae Te Nahu attended the Award Ceremony for the Pride of NZ Award yesterday in Napier. The Whangawehi Catchment Mangement Groups’ volunteers have won the Regional Award in the environmental category. Well done. The National award ceremony will take place in Auckland in September.

Press release Hawkes Bay Today :



Whangawehi Catchment First Annual General Meeting

The WCMG held its first Annual General Meeting at Kaiuku Marae on the 2d of August 2014. This first gathering was a good opportunity for the community to celebrate its achievements and reflect on this year’s activities. Jamie Cox, Chairperson of the Incorporated Society, was proud of the progress made both at a financial and operational level and was looking forward to this coming year’s achievements. He acknowledged the commitment and dedication of all the volunteers who have made this initiative an award winning project. His goals for 2014/2015 are based around the development of a strong governance structure with a succession plan further developed and the appointment of a community liaison officer whose role will be to engage more with the local community. The new committee members of the group have been appointed with Jamie Cox being reelected as Chairperson and Rae Te Nahu as Secretary. Pat O’Brien was elected as the new Deputy Chair while Leon Symes, Treasurer, indicated that he wanted to step down in a near future.

Rongoa video- Te Mahia school

A video is now available for those who want to learn more about Rongoa and how the Mahia Community is keeping this knowledge alive.
If you want to check it out, follow the link or navigate to our communication tab.
Thank you to Rae Te Nahu, kathleen Mato, Edward Hammond, Jennifer Scothern and Te Mahia school team for their strong support.