Community planting day canceled

Hi All,

The weather forecast planned for this weekend has forced us to cancel the planting day at Pat’s (tomorrow).

We invite all volunteers and tree enthusiasts on the 13th and 14th of June on Pongaroa Station.

Please RSVP with Rae Te Nahu 068375537 or

For any inquiries, feel free to contact Nic Caviale on 068388527, 0272645460 or

Our apologies.

Kind regards


Community Planting day postponed to the 23d and 24th of May

Just to inform you that the community planting day planned for the 16th and 17th of May has been postponed to the following weekend (23d and 24th of May). The sausage sizzle and over night stay will take place at Kaiuku Marae, offering the volunteers an outstanding view on the sea.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

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Planting project update

Due to a bad weather forecast for this Saturday, the community planting day planned on the Taharoa Trust has been postponed to the following weekend 23 and 24th of May. The team is disappointed as a lot of work went into preparing this very special event. We want everybody to be able to enjoy safely this community day and the bad weather coming from the south will compromise that. I hope you understand. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 23d of May, same place, same time. Please RSVP with Rae Te Nahu 068375537 or

For any inquiries, feel free to contact Nic Caviale on 068388527, 0272645460 or

Our apologies

Whangawehi community planting day : update

The team has been very busy preparing the site over the past few days. EIT students joined us today to give us a hand…much appreciated as there is so much to be done.

A big thank you to Pat for mowing the site and Malcolm and Simon for transporting all the trees down to the river.

On the Pongaroa Station front, thank you to Shane and Malcolm Smith from DOC for providing a great watering system for the trees stored on Pongaroa Station. The fire pump and the sprinklers did a fantastic job.

WEATHER UPDATE : the forecast for the week end is not looking promising. A decision will be made Thursday evening regarding a possible postponement (following week end). Please check out the blog for update and thank you for your support.

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School planting with Te Mahia school

Te Mahia students came along the Whangawehi stream to continue their restoration programme. They established 250 trees in a couple of hours. They were all happy to see that most of the trees planted last year had survived.

Very soon they will be placing amongst the native plants Blue Penguin boxes and traps to increase the biodiversity of the area.

A Totara was planted in remembrance of Edward Hammond, our carver. A carving will be done by the students during our carving workshop planned for the end of the month.

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Presentation to the HBRC Maori Standing Committee

Rae Te Nahu (Secretary) and Oha Manuel (Community Engagement Officer) were invited to do a presentation for the Maori Standing Committee at the HBRC office in Napier. The group received a lot of positive feedback. Well done Rae and Oha for raising the profile of the organisation.


Water monitoring at Whangawehi

April and May have been busy for the water monitoring team. The Hawkes Bay Regional Council water monitoring team carried out a Macro Community Invertebrate Indexing exercise on 7 sites in the catchment. This annual survey is part of the WCMGs’ water monitoring programme and aims at better understanding the pressure affecting water quality in the catchment. Macro invertebrates will be sent to a lab for identification and scoring. Scorings will be compared over time in order to measure changes and trends.

Water quality is also monitored every second month. Temperature loggers have been used to monitor water temperature during the summer period.




First tree delivery for Whangawehi

The first tree delivery for the restoration programme on Pongaroa Station took place last week. By the end of next week 30 000 native trees will be ready to be planted by volunteers and contractors. Earlier on this year, a new fence was erected in order to retire 3 km of stream. More trees are expected this week for the Taharoa Trust as well.