AGM held – A year to be proud of

The WCMG Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 2nd November 2019 with the usual committee volunteers in attendance.  The Chairman highlighted the main events that took place over the year.  The main key points were:

  • 15 ha retired in Mangatupae
  • 16,000 trees planted, including 4 ha of native bush retired.  We also retired 2 ha wetland and established 6,000 trees during a well-attended community planting day with over 50 participants.
  • 15 ha retired on Pongaroa Station including 5 ha of native bush and the creation of a new wetland.
  • We were one of the finalists in the International River Award.
  • The development of an Easement for the Walkway which will be finalised in January 2020.
  • Formalization of a partnership for a research project led by Beef & Lamb based around regenerative farming.

A year to be proud of – looking forward to another productive year ahead

During the meeting the committee unveiled the cabinet designed and built by Chris Wilson.  It is planned that the cabinet will be based at Mahia and house our awards and trophies.  The cabinet (waka) will be displayed at various agencies over a period of time to showcase what our groups’ collaborative efforts can achieve.

Last year’s committee was re-elected and we look forward to the coming year’s projects and milestones.

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.

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.