Project Whenua available online

Kia ora koutou,

Our little documentory is now available on the following link and on our communication tab :

I want to thank you all for the time and effort you have put into this film. A big thank you to Darcel and her team from Scotties Production who have surpassed our expectations.

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.


Kaitiaki competition winners

Our Enviro-schools and Whangawehi Catchment group workshops this year have been an opportunity for our tamariki to learn in more detail what is happening on their back door step. This year we have been accumulating points from these workshops with active involvement, thought provoking questions, assisting younger students, interacting with key/skilled people, following up tasks completed to the best of our ability. I had great delight in announcing that Jack Delaney and D’Magio Karangaroa will soon be going for a 3 day excursion to Portland Island. Helen Jonas (DOC) is heading to the island soon to do conservation work and the hard work of these 2 students means they will be accompanying her. It is the opportunity of a lifetime and I know they will act as conservation ambassadors for Te Mahia School. Keep us posted boys!

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Waikawa Island

Waikawa Island

School workshop along the Whangawehi stream

Today we travelled by bus to the Whangawehi awa and walked up to the rapids. We were ‘watching and looking’ around the environment to see what we could spot. Some people were helping Matua Arthur with the net to see if we could catch some whitebait. We also found shrimp and cockles. Back at school, we measured the cockles to find out what the prominent size of these was. It was interesting to learn that in comparison to last year, they are smaller. We also used the digital microscope and examined the whitebait closely. It was interesting to compare two different species. Many thanks to Matua Arthur and Whaea Jenni who assisted us with our workshop today and to the whanau that joined us on our walk. Kia ora!

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Water monitoring programme for the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group

Hawkes Bay Regional Council is helping the Whangawehi restoration project in establishing tools for volunteers to monitor efficiently the health of their stream. Today Peter Davis set up a gage that will be used by the volunteers to read the discharge of the stream. This critical information will allow the measurement of nutrient and sediment yields. The implementation of our western science based monitoring programme will start in December 2014. We will keep you posted. IMG_3717 IMG_3712 IMG_3726

Conservation day along the Whangawehi stream

Conservation day was a great opportunity for the public to wander down the Whangawehi catchment to look at the restoration programme, learn more about the local history and enjoy some spectacular scenaries. A big thank you to DOC, Arthur Bowen our guide and the landowners for allowing us access on their farms.

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