Whangawehi celebrates the Asia Pacific Award

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

BYO evening

Bring your family and friends, we are all looking forward to celebrating with you.

No mai haere mai

Nga mihi.

Nic

Whangawehi walkway

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.

Trail run update

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. 

Potential Hawkes Bay Trail Run coming to Mahia.

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.

Wetland enhancement on Taharoa Trust

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.

 

Catchment update

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.

Grandy Lake Forest signs the Whangawehi Covenant

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)

 

Whakatipu Mahia is recruiting

Kia ora,

Whakatipu Mahia (Mahia Pest Free) is recruiting, please share these jobs descriptions with your whanau.

Nga mihi 

Tauira Mahi Project Coordinator (Predator Free Hawke’s Bay) (Vacancy 18-975)

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is looking for enthusiastic candidates for an exciting Two Year Fixed Term role within the Predator Free Hawke’s Bay (PFHB) project.

This role is a development opportunity targeted to cultivate skills for future project management that will particularly focus in the Whakatipu Mahia project. The initial 12-24 months training will be in both the Napier and Mahia areas so will require the availability to travel between both areas .A commitment or understanding of the aspirations of the Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust would be preferred.

The Tauira Mahi Project Coordinator will be trained alongside the Project Leader of PFHB and Project Manager of the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group with opportunities to work alongside local Department of Conservation, Ngā Whenua Rahui and the broader HBRC Catchment Services team

The Successful Candidate will;

  • Assist the project management of the Whakatipu Mahia Predator Free Mahia project to ensure the successful delivery of project functions.
  • Assist with the overall planning and implementation to meet projects milestones.
  • Assist with funding applications as required to support the project
  • Assist with project communications at local level and input for the wider regional and national levels.
  • Be prepared to further develop leadership qualities.
  • Add value to the project.
  • Build personal capability and Iwi capacity.
  • Maintain and build Iwi and  other key stakeholder relationships and links to wider Hawke’s bay ecological restoration activities.
  • Assist with scoping and developing opportunities beyond the core project deliverables

Whilst the role will largely be based in the Mahia area, the flexibility to work and attend training in Napier from time to time will be required. A current and clean full drivers licence mandatory with a commitment to the aspirations of the Mahia community preferred.

If you think you are the right person for the role, apply today! Applications close Monday 19 November.

Tauira Mahi Project Coordinator Job Description

Tauira Mahi Predator Control Assistant (Predator Free Hawke’s Bay) (Vacancy 18-973)

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is looking for two candidates for an exciting Two Year Fixed Term role within the Predator Free Hawke’s Bay (PFHB) project.

The initial 12-24 months training will be in both the Napier and Mahia areas so will require the availability to travel between both areas. One role will have some focus on working within the Whakatipu Mahia project, so an understanding of the aspirations of the Rongomaiwahine Trust would be beneficial. The other role will have some focus on working within the Poutiri Ao ō Tāne project, so an understanding of the aspirations of the Maungaharuru Tangitū  Trust would be beneficial.

The successful candidates will;

  • Be trained alongside experienced predator control operators to carry out the day to day pest control for predator pests on farmland.
  • Have opportunities to work alongside local Department of Conservation, Ngā Whenua Rahui and the broader HBRC Catchment Services team
  • Need to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be committed and adhere to biosecurity and health and safety protocols at all times.
  • Have a current and clean full driver’s license.
  • Experience with 4×4, LUV/Quadbike and/or a firearms license would be an advantage.

The Tauira Mahi Predator Control Assistants will integrate across other work streams of the project to develop an understanding of ecological restoration, innovation and leadership development.

This is a development role and training will be provided. You will need to be committed to the role, keen and open to learning.

If you think you are the right person for the role, apply today! Applications Close Monday 19 November.

Tauira Mahi Predator Control Assistant Job Description

 

Insect monitoring programme

On Tuesday the 6th of November, Janice Edwards and Pat O’Brien headed out into the catchment to set up our yearly insect monitoring traps. The group monitors its insect population using a simple but effective protocol. This monitoring programme allows us to measure the impact of the restoration programme on our local insect biodiversity.  The traps are left out for a week. The insects collected over this period get trapped into an alcohol jar and are then identified by Janice.  She is then able to count the number of taxons present in the jar and compare with last years count. We are aiming for a higher number of taxons (families) which was the case last year.

A big thank you to Janice and Pat for making this important monitoring tool happen on a yearly basis.