Whangawehi summer programme : presentations and guided walks


The Whangawehi community is proud to present its summer programme : WhangawehiGuidedWalks2015. Over the next two months, we will be attending some of the most popular events taking place in the Wairoa District to inform you on the projects’ latest news. Guided walks will also be offered to showcase some of the great work achieved so far. All these events are free so don’t miss out and come along with your family and friends…you will be amazed by some of the landscapes and stories you are going to capture.
Please check for updates as the guided walks are weather permitting.
See you there.

Check out our programme :WhangawehiGuidedWalks2015

Whangawehi guided walks

​Through the course of this summer the Whangawehi Catchment Management group wants to open its gate’s to both the local and tourist community by offering a series of free guided walks through a piece of its unique environment. The group wants to update the community and share the progress made so far, as well as investigate the potential future for a walking track similar to the successful Banks Peninsula walkway in the south island over its own catchment.

The walk will start from the headwaters of the Whangawehi which takes in breath-taking views of Mahia Peninsula before heading down through stunning diverse forest. The guided walk will continue meandering down through a series of farms and end up at the river mouth of the Whangawehi stream. It’s approximately 15 kilometers long from start to end over private land which landowners have agreed to open for this special occasion. Along the way the guide will talk in-depth about the restoration project over the past two years including its latest blue penguin project and give an interpretation of the rich cultural sites and historic heritage of the catchment. Members of the group will have a display stall at the upcoming summer Mahia markets and will be holding a number of presentations at the Mokotahi Hall at Mahia beach promoting the work their doing and trying to develop stronger links and support from the community. All of these events will have discussions around a long term goal of starting a walking/mountain biking track through the catchment and being part of a wider New Zealand network of walking tracks and cultural experiences.






Last day for our fundraising campaign

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group (https://whangawehi.com/) needs your help with the restoration of the Whangawehi stream, on the beautiful Mahia Peninsula on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zeland. As you know, this Awa is vitally important to our community – culturally, physically and spiritually. Our vision is to improve water quality, restore biodiversity and engage with our local school to forge the next generation of Gardians / Kaitiaki. Our community has already come together and made fantastic progress with 4.5 km of fencing and 16 000 trees established last winter. Now we need your help for this winter’s planting programme. We are crowd funding for the plants for two restoration projects on two farms : Taharoa/Grandy Lake Forest and Pongaroa Station. Our campaign finishes today so we urgently need your support.

If you want to be part of our journey, check us out and donate at http://millionmetres.org.nz/donate/  We would also be grateful if you could share this email with anyone who you think could help.

Thank you



Rae Te Nahu our Local Hero

Yesterday night, Rae Te Nahu was offered a Local Hero Award for her dedication, selflessness and commitment to the Mahia Community. Rae is involved in a wide range of community projects, always humble and hard working. Yesterday night was her night, she even had the privilege to be invited by Meng Foon, Mayor of Gisborne, to a restaurant. On behalf of the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group, we congratulate you for this well deserved award and hope that this is only the beginning. Thank you Rae for the impact you make in our Community.


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Te Mahia bugs are in the stream!

It was a beautiful sunny day today and Te Mahia school students certainly made the most of it. With the help of Shane Gilmer from HBRC and Arthur Bowen our very own water monitoring expert, the kids got a closer look at the bugs that live in the Whangawehi Stream. It was a great opportunity for them to see Whitebait and eels whose populations are steadily increasing since the beginning of the restoration programme. A big thank you to Shane, Arthur, Jenny and all the whanau for their help during this exceptional workshop.

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Silver Enviroschool Recognition for Te Mahia School

On the 5th of November, Te Mahia School students organised a Powhiri to celebrate their Silver Recognition as part of their Enviro school programme. Whanau and teachers were much impressed by the presentations given and the work achieved so far. It was quite inspiring to see the progress made in such a short period of time. Next years’ programme looks quite exciting with a lot of hands on activities and a focus on our Blue Penguin restoration programme. Congratulations to the students, teachers, whanau and Jenni Scothern our School Coordinator.

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Whangawehi AGM

The Whangawehi Catchment Group gathered for their second AGM on Thursday 29th October 2015 at Kaiuku Marae.

Jamie Cox announced he is stepping down from the Chairman position and gave a speech acknowledging the progression and recognition that has been made by the community group in such a short period of time.  He encouraged the group to widen it’s engagement with local community group to strengthen it’s support over time.  The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group would like to thank Jamie for his strong leadership and support shown over the past three years.

Leon Symes  also announced his intentions to resign from his treasurer position due to other commitments.  Leon has been instrumental in the creation and set up of the Incorporated Society and will be dearly missed by all.  The group would like to acknowledge all the voluntary effort he put into the group when already committed to a number of other projects. The Group would like to wish him all the best with future endeavours.

Whangawehi Fundraising Campaign, 4 days to go

Kia ora koutou, Hi all,

With less than 4 days to go, we need your support to reach our fundraising targets. Please follow the link and donate to :


Check out our short video and support the project : FundraisingcampaignWhangawehi

Thank you