The Mangatupae stream is a short & steep gully system generating a lot of erosion and faecal contamination. Located on Taharoa Trust, the owners (Pat & Sue O’Brien) fenced off the lower reaches in 2016 but the upper catchment was left in the too had basket to take on at the time. In 2019, with the generous support from Hawkes Bay Regional Council and NW Rahui it was decided to retire the entire gully system. The fencer is currently in the process of building a conventional fence. The total area retired is 15 ha and includes a 5 ha bush block. The plantings will be quite different from the riparian plants established along the river. Sue O’Brien has taken a different approach and opted for a multi floral, bee friendly block with plants sustaining live all year long. Manuka, Koromiko and kanuka will be a nursery crop for larger species including Rimu, Matai, Kowhai, Riwa Riwa amongst others. Tree establishment will take place early June 2019.
The WCMG is preparing a community planting day on the 4th of May on one of Taharoa’s wetland and all volunteers are welcome to come and help. Located on the back of Sue O’Brien’s garden, this wetland will be enhanced with the addition of 5000 plants.
A long reach digger was recently brought in to dig a few holes in the wetland in order to create an open water space. This will be important for our local biodiversity but our biggest hope is to attract birds. This wetland has been taken over by a native weed Isolepia that smothers the swamp. This new open water area should give other species the opportunity to grow and thrive again. Open water will also be extremely attrctive to ducks. These wetlands are a eel nursery for the Whangawehi river. We are particularly hoping that the rare bittern will be attracted by this enhancement work.
Kia ora koutou,
The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group is organising a community gathering to celebrate the International Asia Pacific River Award won in October 2018.
When: Friday the 15th of March from 6 pm
Where : Mokotahi hall, Mahia
Bring your family and friends, we are all looking forward to celebrating with you.
No mai haere mai
On Tuesday the 19th of February 2019, the Walkway team gathered at BJ’s Woolshed on Pongaroa Station to further develop the Whangawehi walkway. Nicola Henderson from the NZ Access Commission was there to guide us in the final steps of the project along with HBRC Open Space rep Anthony Rewcastle.
The group needs to seek permission from Grandy Lakes Forest before it can proceed. Discussions are well underway to make this happen in the next few weeks. The survey of the route will be the next step to deliver.
On Friday the 8th of February, Jamie and Rachel from Hawkes Bay Trail Run visited the Whangawehi to meet with landowners and discover the unlimited possibilities available in terms of tracks and run options. The catchment offers a balanced variety of contours amongst farmland, forestry and coastal cliffs. These sceneries are unique and one of the best in Hawkes Bay. Keep the trail run in mind and when the dates are organised we will let you know. A big thank you to our landowners who have opened their gates and offered their time and support to this event. The WCMG is continuing to raise awareness around the importance of protecting our waterways. The run will showcase what farmers can do when working alongside Marae, school and agencies. Participants are encouraged to join the team for our upcoming planting weekends.
On Wednesday 30th March, local landowners got together to talk about a potential up and coming Hawkes Bay Trail Run that could take place in the catchment over this winter running season. Pat O’Brien, Josh Rofe, Bevan Parker, Mark Bowen, Lindsay Robinson & Nic Caviale were present. The discussion went really well and all the landowners were happy to come on board with the concept. This is just another vehicle to promote the Whangawehi story to the wider district. Will keep you up to date with events as they happen.
In July 2018, Taharoa Trust was granted support from the Wai Maori Trust to enhance the margins of the wetlands fenced off in the early 2000. A total of 40 ha of rare ecosystems have been retired and are self reverting into native habitats. Some of these wetlands had issues with weeds (blackberry, gorse and pampas) and the goal of this project was to control them and establish back native plants over time. The spraying was delayed due to a wet spring which allowed us to establish 400 flaxes in a clean corner. We are now on track (see on the photos). This year’s focus is on Sue’s wetland located at the back of Sue’s garden. Through the WCM work, we are trying to reconnect these wetlands with the surrounding bush blocks and ultimately with the main Whangawehi stream. These habitats play a key role in filtering the water that flows from the farmland into the Whangawehi stream and at sea. They are also a nursery for a range of native species including fish, birds, insects etc. We want to establish a water cress patch on several farms to reconnect the people with traditional practises.
We will keep you posted on the progress made. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy new year. Kia hari kirihimete me te tau hou koa.
The monthly check at Whangawehi went well. Water levels are dropping in the main Whangawehi stream and tributaries. Water temperature is high especially in the lower reaches. Algae dominate some of our sites which happens every summer. Over time, the shading effect from the trees will allow the water to cool down and restrict algae growth. Tree growth is phenomenal, Malcolm did a fantastic job at controlling blackberry so the place looks amazing.
On the 5th of December 2018, Ken Orborn signed the Whangawehi Conservation Management Agreement. A big thank you to Ken and the new Forest Manager Lindsay Robinson for embracing our Kaupapa.
This document will give confidence to our sponsors that the investment they have made will be protected for 25 years. The entire restoration area at Whangawehi is now completely convenanted (65 ha in total over 4 estates)