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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A flax collection at Whangawehi

Sue O’Brien recently established a flax collection along the river. 12 rare specimen donated by Landcare and Research were planted around the Whare. The idea will be to provide a high quality supply of different types of flaxes and develop, with the community, weaving activities around the whare.

We will keep you posted. Thank you Sue

A success for the last guided walk

Friday was the last of a series of 4 very successful guided walks for the Whangawehi group. Nearly 50 participants attended this last event for a walk starting at the Waste Water Treatment Plant and finishing at the Whangawehi bridge. The public was given en explanation of the scheme as well as the restoration programme undertaken downstream  by the community. The large numbers of participants reinforced the group’s conviction that there is a demand for a walk way/cycle way in order to show case the work done and share some of the stories associated with local Maori history with the wider community.

All participants were impressed by the work done and some will come back to support the community planting weekends. Thank you to the landowners for opening their gates for these special events and thank you to Arthur and Malcolm for sharing their knowledge of the area.

Update on the school programme

Last week, students of Te Mahia school learnt how to prepare a planting project as they will be in charge of the establishment of 150 trees on the 4th of September. With the guidance of whanau and teachers, students talked about, ground preparation, weed and pest control, tree selection, planting design, budget, communication etc.

Te Mahia students and Whanau are active members of the Whangawehi Catchment restoration project and it was good to see their enthusiasm and interest. 

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Weaving and Carving Workshop – Te Mahia School

Te Mahia school students had the unique opportunity to learn how to carve and weave flax during a workshop held at Te Mahia school by local kaumatua and Kuia.

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A big thank you to all the whanau who came to share their knowledge around Maori art in general. This initiative is part of the curriculum developped with Te Mahia school, the enviroschool network and the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group in order to transfer local knowledge around Matauranga Maori activities.

All students really enjoyed the day and took home their precious Taonga (carved pumice, Maori Flute, flax flowers and little kete).

In a couple of weeks, the next workshop will focus on how to prepare a planting programme. The students will be asked to think about all the steps and questions that need to be answered before planting a tree in the ground. The 6 house groups will work around : what tree to plant, ground preparation pre planting, weed control post planting, animal pest control,properties of the trees to establish (Rongoa, customary, bees etc.), health and safety and communication

Once the students have presented a clear and comprehensive planting design, they will implement it on the 4th of September with a planting day on Pongaroa Station.

If you are interested and want to be involved, come along!

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Kaitiaki Competition

Te Mahia School students are competing for an environmental competition as part of the curriculum developed with the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group. The winners will be announced during the Award ceremony on the 20th of November.

Two students and one adult will have the unique opportunity to spend 4 days with Helen Jonas (DOC) on Waikawa Island and assist her in her conservation work including bird watching, banding, trapping et.

Waikawa Island

Waikawa Island

North of Waikawa

North of Waikawa

Ataahua Waikawa