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.
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A big thank you to all who have been involved, it is a wonderful achievement.
The water monitoring data for October is now available : October2018
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.
Our water monitoring data for Mamangu is now available :April2018
The March water monitoring data is now available : March 2018
On the 6th April, Arthur Bowen carried out his bi-monthly water monitoring run throughout the catchment area. Water levels had been running low throughout April so despite the creeks running clear, in sunny places algae growth was quite strong and not very appealing. In the forest, we came across protected culverts and retaining structure (debris dams)-well done to Graham Douglas for all his hard work.
As we were driving past the White Pine Crossing, we saw a Kahikatea tree with berries on it so stopped to collect the seeds for Ngaire Pasma. Ngaire grows trees as a hobby and is delighted to help the group grow Kahikatea plants.
As we were driving along the first planting on Taharoa, we stopped to appreciate the rapid growth of plants. At the rapids, the algae growth was strong, water temperature was around 20 degrees and still warm. We also checked for any signs of White Bait spawning but didn’t see any activity.
Our March 2018 newsletter is now available with some exciting news, enjoy the reading by following the link : WhangawehiNewsletterMarch18
Hi all, here is the water monitoring data for our lower site in the catchment : Mamangu. This site is monitored every month and reflects overall what’s happening in the catchment. As you can see E Coli levels are very low : February2018
We are wrapped for Richard and Hanna Coops from Okepuha Station who have been nominated as a finalist for the East Coast section of the Ballance Farm Environmental awards. Last year the Coops committed to an extensive planting programme which involved retiring and fencing off large chunks of their land. Both of them have indicated that they are keen to undertake further environmental work in the near future. Winners will be announced at the Ballance Farm Environmental Awards at the Napier conference Centre on Wednesday 28th March 208. On behalf of the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group we wish them all the best at the ceremony.
The water monitoring data from January 2018 is available, click on the link : January2018