We are delighted to announce that Pongaroa Station have signed the conservation management agreement. This covenant agreement is an important way of protecting funder investment for a 25 year period. Pongaroa Station are the third landowners to sign the agreement and significant in terms of their land size. Pongaroa station have signalled their commitment to more conservation work by involving the QE2 Trust. The station is currently investigating retiring and fencing off 40 hectares of native bush blocks around the farm with the assistance of QE2. Watch the space over the next few years…
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.
The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group has been monitoring water quality in the catchment for the last 5 years. 7 sites are monitored every second months including a site at the lower end (Mamangu) which monitored every month. This site is used as our indicator of what’s happening in the entire catchment. What we have observed is a significant improvement of faecal contamination since the restoration project started. This site has been below recreational guidelines for many years. However faecal contamination is still occurring in some tributaries mainly due to a high number of geese.
Water monitoring data sheet for Mamangu in December : December 2017-Mamanguonly
On the 12 of December, Malcolm Rutherford from QE2 Trust came to Mahia to assess Pongaroa Station’s bush blocks. Bevan, Farm Manager, is interested in fencing off all significant bush blocks on the farm. In total 40 ha could be retired in covenanted in the next few years. It is encouraging to see the work done along the river extended in the tributaries and subcatchments.
The data from the last water monitoring run, done in early December, is now available.
E Coli levels are below guidelines at the bottom end of the catchment but still high in certain tributaries. With water temperatures rising, algae grow is also taking place.
Sean Hogan from TVNZ came to Whangawehi to illustrate via a short video clip how small rural communities can address water quality issues. Enjoy the viewing and well done to you all.
Please find attached our latest water monitoring datasheet. Mamangu is located in the lower reaches of the Whangawehi and is the only site monitored on a monthly basis.
The Whangawehi Community has initiated a significant conservation initiative and the community is now willing to know what kind of bird species could benefit from those protected habitats. The report attached is a brief overview of the native wildlife restoration possibilities for the catchment and the necessary steps to follow to achieve them.
A big thank you to Tamsin Ward Smith and Kay Griffiths .
Enjoy the reading : Species Restoration Plan for The Whangawehi Catchment Area (Oct 25)
A big thank you to Janice Edwards for carrying out our yearly Insect Monitoring programme. Enjoy the reading.
Our Newsletter is ready, enjoy the reading and pencil your guided walks dates if you are interested.