AGM held – A year to be proud of

The WCMG Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 2nd November 2019 with the usual committee volunteers in attendance.  The Chairman highlighted the main events that took place over the year.  The main key points were:

  • 15 ha retired in Mangatupae
  • 16,000 trees planted, including 4 ha of native bush retired.  We also retired 2 ha wetland and established 6,000 trees during a well-attended community planting day with over 50 participants.
  • 15 ha retired on Pongaroa Station including 5 ha of native bush and the creation of a new wetland.
  • We were one of the finalists in the International River Award.
  • The development of an Easement for the Walkway which will be finalised in January 2020.
  • Formalization of a partnership for a research project led by Beef & Lamb based around regenerative farming.

A year to be proud of – looking forward to another productive year ahead

During the meeting the committee unveiled the cabinet designed and built by Chris Wilson.  It is planned that the cabinet will be based at Mahia and house our awards and trophies.  The cabinet (waka) will be displayed at various agencies over a period of time to showcase what our groups’ collaborative efforts can achieve.

Last year’s committee was re-elected and we look forward to the coming year’s projects and milestones.

The Whangawehi competes at the International River Awards in Brisbane

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group almost took out an international river prize at an event held in Brisbane on 22 October.

The Whangawehi group was nominated as a finalist for the 2019 Thiess International Riverprize Awards ceremony held in Brisbane, Australia.

Feedback from the judging panel indicated that the Whangawehi model was something unique and to be considered as an example worldwide. However, the group was formed too recently to base its achievements on decades of monitoring data. “This nomination confirms that the group is operating at an International level and that’s a great encouragement for all our Whangawehi community,” says Whangawehi project manager Nic Caviale-Delzescaux.

“We were rubbing shoulders with inspiring initiatives that show how integrated river basin management can restore and protect rivers, wetlands, lakes and estuaries,” adds Nic.

The Whangawehi group was competing against two large-scale river restoration projects based in America, the Chicago River Restoration project and the James River Initiative.
The James river project was awarded the 2019 International River Awards acknowledging 40 years of active work and well-documented outcomes.

The International Riverprize is the world’s foremost award in river basin management. It recognises and rewards organisations making waves in the sustainable management of the world’s rivers, whether at the grassroots or transboundary level.

Previous winners and finalists have received widespread recognition, built new partnerships, shared their knowledge and won other awards following Riverprize, becoming part of a network of river practitioners and experts from around the world.

Well done to you all for your hard work, dedication and ongoing support

Pongaroa Station update

A lot of work has been happening on Pongaroa Station with 20 ha of bush/stream retired and a 2 ha wetland reclaimed from the farmland.

A huge thank you to Bevan Farm Manager and his team for undertaking such a challenging work. The video clip attached below highlights the work done so far. Enjoy the viewing and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to receive our latest updates. Thank you

Conservation work – Pongaroa Station 2019

Taharoa update

Kia ora koutou,

With spring on its way, it is good to look back and contemplate what we have achieved this winter. We can Pat the Taharoa Trust and the Whangawehi community for the amazing work done consistently winter after winter stream after stream. Well done to you all. Have a look at this clip and enjoy. I will edit an update on the work done on Pongaroa Station soon.

Whangawehi update

The Whangawehi catchment is looking amazing in this late winter early spring. Our trees are growing well everywhere! The newly retired Mangatupae stream was planted in July 2019 with a mixture of manuka and podocarps. The trees have been recently release sprayed and are looking great. The wetland planted in May 2019 during a community planting day is doing extremely well as well. The open water created in January is already attracting a large number of ducks.

As you can see on the photos, Josh Rofe, Manager on Taharoa Trust is already docking marking the beginning of a new season.

The trees planted on Okepuha Station two years ago are looking extremely healthy. Richard and Hannah are busy raising the next generation of caretakers for their retired areas!

It has been a very busy with for Bevan on Pongaroa Station with 15 ha retired in 2 tributaries to the Whangawehi stream and 5 ha retired in the Wainui catchment. The bush block by the woolshed has been extended by retiring an adjoining wetland.

Well done Whangawehi team, you are incredible

The Billion Tree guys visit Whangawehi

On Tuesday the 7th of May, Duncan Harrisson and Phil Hancook from Ministry of Primary Industries visited members of the Whangawehi project to talk about the Billion Tree Project.
The scheme offers two avenues-one of which is the partnership pathway. This pathway is designed to increase planting by promoting innovation, research and workforce initiatives with the intention of scaling up native regeneration projects. Duncan and Phil visited several areas of interest and are now fully aware of the scale of our operation. A big thank you to Duncan and Phil for taking the time to meet with our landowners.

Taste Pure Nature : Nick Beeby visits Whangawehi

On the 30th of April 2019, Nick Beeby, General Manager – Market Development for Beef and Lamb came to visit the Whangawehi project. Nick presented the newly launched Taste Pure Nature brand. A very constructive discussion took place afterwards as the Whangawehi farmers are looking at branding their environmental work to leverage a premium. It is the early days but all farmers agreed on the need to have a strong Quality Assurance programme to underpin any brand. Nick provided advice and feedback on a number of farm related topics. A big thank you to Beef and Lamb and Nick in particular for making himself available to help our community.

Te Mahia school workshop

On the 25th of March, Te Mahia School was preparing for the School Gala and the students decided to make clay products, such as fridge magnets and small pots, that would reflect the nature of Mahia. Jenny helped them to, create, using correct techniques, successful saleable items. The Room 2 items were colored and subsequently bisque fired in the kiln in town.

We also checked out how our Predator Free plan was progressing and the Landscape Survey results to date. Well done Te Mahia school.

Whangawehi planting week end

Hi all,

Kirsty and Josh, new Managers on Taharoa Trust, welcome the wider community for a day out planting. The trees have arrived today and are looking exceptionally healthy and ready to be put in the ground. As usual, the Whangawehi team will dig the holes and lay the trees so that you just have to turn up and plant. There is a good variety of natives that will enhance the biodiversity of our catchment. A barbecue will be provided on site.

Please check for updates as the event may be postponed to the following Saturday if the weather is not suitable.

The site is at walking distance from the closer car park.

Site address : 1637 Mahia East Coast Road-

Date : Saturday 4th of May- 8.30 start, just turn up when you can. See you there.