Mitre 10 New Zealander of the year

The Whangawehi Catchment Management group have been confirmed a finalist in the Mitre 10 New Zealander of the year awards.  Three members of the group will be travelling up to Auckland on February 22nd to represent the group in the ‘New Zealand Community of the year’ category.  The two other finalists competing in this category are; Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust and ‘Pillars’ based in Auckland.   The winners of each category will be announced this evening and the group are eager to take away top honours in this section for all the hard work put in over the years.  This award ceremony honours inspiration kiwis who have performed with distinction in their respective communities.

Work underway at Whangawehi

Two weeks ago, the Ministry for The Environment gave us the green light to start our restoration work on Homestead farm and the Taharoa Trust. Since then, our contractors have been busy catching up with a very challenging timeline.

Homestead : Trees have been removed and a new fenceline bladed on bothe sides of the river. A big thank you to HBRC who have assisted the group financially for this work.

Taharoa, a new fenceline is being bladed around the bush blocks.

The fence will be built early March providing the weather is still fine.


Arthur Bowen on Clean Water Tour

Last week, Arthur Bowen was interviewed by the “Clean Water Tour” team . His 3 minute clip “It’s all about the future” illustrates part of the work the Whangawehi Catchment Group has undertaken to improve water quality. Thank you Arthur for making yourself available and sharing your passion for the work you are doing.

Nga mihi nui ki a koe Arthur.

Enjoy the viewing :

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The Whangawehi project won the National Pride of NZ Award in the Environment category

What a fantastic recognition !

After hundreds of nominations and months of judging and voting, some of the country’s top unsung heroes have been named winners of the inaugural Pride of New Zealand Awards last Thursday.Seven people from around New Zealand received the gongs – honouring bravery and heroism, community spirit, lifetime achievement, environmental ambassadorship, emergency services and fundraiser of the year – at a glitzy event at Auckland Museum last night.

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group represented by Kathleen Mato and Rae Te Nahu won the National Environmental Award. This Award recognises at National level the work done by all the volunteers of the Whangawehi Community since 2010 in order to improve the water quality in the Whangawehi catchment.

Well done and congratulations to you all.