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.

Whangawehi celebrates the Pacific International River Awards

The Whangawehi community is celebrating this Award received in Sydney in October 2018. A big thank you to the whole team and the wider community. This award celebrates the commitment of a dedicated community that has delivered some key milestones over the past 4 years. Well done to you all. Pai the Mahi.

 

WCMG wins the Pacific International River Awards

Representatives of the Whangawehi who attended the Asia Pacific International River Prize awards dinner last Tuesday evening in Sydney were ecstatic to win the Pacific category.  The group was grateful just to have been chosen as a finalist but was blown out of the water when they were announced as winners. The judges were very impressed with just how well the group collaborated with tangata whenua, the community and it’s sponsors along with it’s on the ground work which is diligently monitored.

This Awards has allowed the group to be part of the Alumni network, a network of river practitioners who operate all around the world. This will certainly help the group raise its profile and extend its ability to operate at a higher level.

As the winner of the Awards, the WCMG has also been encouraged by the International River Foundation to develop a relationship with a sister project in a foreign country. Passing on the knowledge was a consistent theme during the evening ceremony and several twin projects were presented during the symposium.  This support offers an opportunity for the WCMG to influence one of it’s pacific neighbours.

A big thank you to all involved.

Media release :

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A big thank you to all who have been involved, it is a wonderful achievement.

 

Whangawehi bridge enhancement

On Saturday the 8th of October, a small group of hard core Whangawehi members gathered at the Whangawehi bridge to finish off building the new railing fence which was started on the day of the working bee. The work involved digging several holes in solid hard ground and it’s no wonder that the beer afterwards was well received. Well done to you all and thank you for your commitment.

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Catchment update

As you can see from the photo’s-all our trees have grown a lot over the winter period. They are flourishing and there is nothing stopping them now. Water is flowing very clear in the Whangawehi stream but algae are already starting to pop up at Mamangu which is a bit early.

A new tree species-the Poroporo-is now growing along the river which has been self-introduced by birds. Poroporo is a native tree already present in the DOC reserve. A small scrub-the Poroporo is traditionally a very valuable plant to Maori because of it’s itch relief properties. It’s a delightful looking plant that is known to grow extremely fast.

It is great to see that the cycle of nature is taking place and allowing the diversification of our local biodiversity.

 

Whangawehi AGM

On Saturday the 8th of October, The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group held its Annual General Meeting. The attendees have re elected the same people as the head of the Committee.

Pat O’Brien : Chairperson

Rae Te Nahu : Secretary

Peter Manosn : Treasurer

Pat in his annual speech thanked everybody for their contribution and hard work. He also stated that he is looking forward to  new projects which are due to take place over the next few months. Thank you all for your input.

Walkway update

On Tuesday the 25th of September, thanks to Bevan Parker (Farm Manager on Pongaroa Station) a meeting took place with Michael Fay’s Management Team.  The reason for this meeting was to progress the discussion around the walkway through the conservation area. Bevan explained how the walkway would bring a raft of benefits to the Mahia community in which the team completely agreed with.  They were impressed by the drive and passion of the community to get to this point so far and the international recognition received to date. We discussed the possibility of a meat brand and how the walkway would be the best way to share this story with the wider community and the overseas buyers.

The next step involves the landowners agreeing on an easement to be surveyed and registered. From a landowner’s perspective, this is a huge decision and the WCMG acknowledges that. In the meantime, the group is hopeful that other landowners are going to be supportive of the concept by jumping on board.

A big thank you to Bevan and to Michael Fay’s management team for taking the time to listen to this initiative. Mahia would be grateful if they could partner with us on this journey to create a walkway for everyone to enjoy for many years to come.