First planting project finished on Taharoa Trust

Pat and Sue O’Brien celebrated on Saturday evening the end of their first conservation planting project along the Whangawehi Stream. It has been a real battle for the O’Briens who have faced over the winter terrible weather conditions. The track slipped, the main crossings over the river disapperead … site access has been really challenging. The last time the owners were able to undertake a planting was in late June! A big thank you to Impact Forestry who have established in a short time frame the remaining trees (8000).

With a year of hardship, the owners and project coordinator have learnt a lot and feel confident for next years plantings.

Our apologies to our funders who would have loved to see this first project completed earlier on but mother nature dictates what we can or can’t do along the Whangawehi stream.

The bird life is already flourishing along the retired area with large numbers of King Fishers and ducks (with ducklings) already observed.

Congratulations to you all for this years achievements

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The Whangawehi project won the National Pride of NZ Award in the Environment category

What a fantastic recognition !

After hundreds of nominations and months of judging and voting, some of the country’s top unsung heroes have been named winners of the inaugural Pride of New Zealand Awards last Thursday.Seven people from around New Zealand received the gongs – honouring bravery and heroism, community spirit, lifetime achievement, environmental ambassadorship, emergency services and fundraiser of the year – at a glitzy event at Auckland Museum last night.

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group represented by Kathleen Mato and Rae Te Nahu won the National Environmental Award. This Award recognises at National level the work done by all the volunteers of the Whangawehi Community since 2010 in order to improve the water quality in the Whangawehi catchment.

Well done and congratulations to you all.



School Planting day along the Whangawehi Stream

Te Mahia School students initiated the restoration of the Whangawehi stream on Pongaroa Station. They established, with a lot of skills and expertise, the first 200 trees on the true right side of the river. These trees will be spectacular in the years to come and will contribute to enhance our sacred Awa.

Thanks to Shane Mildenhall, Manager of the Station and all the Whangawehi community who came to support this initiative.

All the best to Kathleen and Rae for the Pride of New Zealand Award.

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