On Friday the 6th of November 2020, the Whangawehi project had some visitors. Rex Graham Chair of the Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Cr Hinewai Ormsby, Councillor for HBRC and Cameron Osmond Region Manager for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment came to visit the restoration project. The trip started at the entrance of the Whangawehi walkway and finished on Taharoa Trust. The day went well and was a good opportunity for the WCMG team to advocate for the work done and develop relationships.
A big thank you to Hinewai, Rex and Cameron for making the time for this visit.
The EIT team is doing a fantastic job, the building is progressing quite well as you can see on the photos. The roof will be installed after the long weekend. Sir Michael Fay, owner of the Station, came on site to congratulate the building apprentices.
A big thank you again to Will Keruru and EIT Wairoa for their dedication.
Thank you to Michael Fay and his team for embracing this community project.
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
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.
Whangawehi Catchment Management Group almost took out an international river
prize at an event held in Brisbane on 22 October.
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.
were rubbing shoulders with inspiring initiatives that show how integrated
river basin management can restore and protect rivers, wetlands, lakes and
estuaries,” adds Nic.
Whangawehi group was competing against two large-scale river restoration
projects based in America, the Chicago River Restoration project and the James
The James river project was awarded the 2019 International River Awards
acknowledging 40 years of active work and well-documented outcomes.
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
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
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.
On Friday the 30th of August, Nicky Bell , Steve Ryan and Pete Krzanich gathered at the end of Happy Jack road in Mahanga to plant 250 trees by the beach. A big thank you to the Mahanga Marae, landowners and HBRC for making this project a reality.
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.
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.
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.