Whangawehi on National TV

Sean Hogan from TVNZ came to Whangawehi to illustrate via a short video clip how small rural communities can address water quality issues.  Enjoy the viewing and well done to you all.




Species restoration plan

The Whangawehi Community has initiated a significant conservation initiative and the community is now willing to know what kind of bird species could benefit from those protected habitats. The report attached is a brief overview of the native wildlife restoration possibilities for the catchment and the necessary steps to follow to achieve them.

A big thank you to Tamsin Ward Smith and Kay Griffiths .

Enjoy the reading : Species Restoration Plan for The Whangawehi Catchment Area (Oct 25)


Water monitoring run

Our water monitoring programme has been upset this winter by a combination of heavy rain falls and a lot of Wind. Up to 190 km of Wind was recorded on Homestead and unfortunately a lot of windthrow occurred blocking site access. Graham Douglas did a fantastic work and reopened all the tracks for our pest control and water monitoring work, thank you for that.

This water monitoring site is incomplete as all the sites were not monitored at the same time due to access issues. This shouldn’t happen again as all tracks are cleared now.


Presentation to the Rere Falls community

Yesterday, the group was invited by Beef and Lamb to do a presentation to a group of landowners farming around the Rere falls area in Gisborne. This new initiative is looking at protecting the river and enhancing the biodiversity of this part of the Region. Consultants and MFE were attending the meeting with the idea of assisting this fledging group. It was a pleasure to be able to give advice and encourage this community.

Thank you to the Committee for taking the time to come and help with this presentation.

Farmers meeting to progress the Whangawehi covenant

Local farmers involved with the Whangawehi Project gathered today on Okepuha Station to progress the Covenant started a few years ago. This covenant is unique as it has been developed by our landowners who felt uncomfortable using other types of Covenants. After todays’ meeting, the group is confident and  comfortable with the last changes requested and indicated that it was ready for signing. This is a major achievement for the project as this covenant gives protection to the investment made by funders for 25 years. Well done to you all. Signings will take place later on in the spring.


Birds experts at Whangawehi

On the 16th of August, Tamsin Ward Smith and Kay Grifith, both environmental consultants from Hawkes bay came to Whangawehi for a short site assessment study. Over the past 4 years, the Catchment Group has allowed the retirement of favourable habitats for a number of bird species. In parallel, our pest control activities have grown to allow the bird life to recolonize these protected habitats. The report that will follow this field study will help the group better understand what bird species are likely to come back naturally, which ones are likely to thrive in the habitats available at present time and the steps to follow if we decide to translocate a specific bird specie back into the catchment.This scoping study will give us an insight on what to expect and the nature of the work required ahead of us.