Invitation to the Maori Fishing Conference

Kathleen Mato and Rae Te Nahu had the privilege yesterday to receive and invitation from Doug Jones (representing Te Wai Maori Trust) to the Maori Fishing Conference in Auckland on the 24th of March. Kathleen and Rae will share the story of the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group and illustrate how working under a collaborative approach can be extremely rewarding.

Te Wai Maori Trust is a long term supporter of the restoration programme undertaken in Whangawehi and we feel privilege to be able to share our story to a wider audience. Tena koe Doug.

Conference summary :

This year’s Māori Fisheries Conference 2015 is about recognising what it takes to be ‘IN FOR THE LONG HAUL’. If iwi want to keep hauling in the net – TŌTOIA TONUTIA TE KUPENGA – we must act fully as kaitiaki, achieve environmental, social and cultural sustainability and ensure the continued abundance of our ocean resources – TE TINI A TANGAROA.

If you want to know more about the conference, please follow the link :

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Pest control on Grandy lake Forest

Yesterday, Graham Douglas Forest Manager for Grandy Lake Forest set up DOC 200 traps along the Whangawehi river and chew cards in order to target pest control effort. Graham set up a project on and will be reporting to the committee on a monthly basis. Traps will be monitored every 2 weeks in the summer and monthly in the winter. Thank you for this collaboration.



Te Mahia School environmental programme

On the 17th of February, Te Mahia students put their tramping shoes on for a walk in the head waters of the Whangawehi Catchment. Graham Douglas, Forest Manager for Grandy lake Forest explained the multiple roles a commercial forestry plays as well as some information around sylviculture and tree biology. The students learnt how  to find out the age of a tree.

Malcolm Smith took the students for a bush walk in the Mahia scenic reserve where we all learnt lots of amazing things on our very special native forest.

A big thank you to the school team, Malcolm, Graham, Jenny, Rae and all the parents for their help during this amazing day.  helping hands IMG_4929 IMG_4934 IMG_4946 IMG_4949 IMG_4956 IMG_4964 IMG_4984 forestry presentationnorthern rata