Whangawehi Catchment Management Group Incorporated

Whangawehi Catchment Restoration Project

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group (WCMG) has managed a community led restoration programme with agencies since 2013.  The project has been extremely successful and the WCMG is now building on this work by progressing the implementation of their catchment management plan.  The Wai Ora funding is helping WCMG to do this.  The management plan focusses on three projects:

  • Retirement of 10 ha of riparian margins, establishing 23,000 native trees
  • Extending the community based water and fish monitoring programme
  • Displaying an interpretative sign around shelter facilities.

The project is Marae led and is based on the concepts of kaitiakitanga, respect of differences, trust and good faith. Mātauranga Māori is at the heart of WCMG’s work, and they spend a significant amount of time transferring their local knowledge to tamariki at their kura.

2019/2020 Funded Projects


Project Funding
Te Rūnanga o Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa Lake Koitiata Wai Ora
Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board Kōura monitoring population study Tiaki Wai
Wairoa Taiwhenua Enhancement of the mauri of the Wairoa River Wai Ora
Aorangi Whānau Trust Survey and monitor Tuna within the Jerusalem area of the Whanganui River. Wai Ora
Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board Awa restoration and management strategy Wai Ora
Te Rūnanga ō Ngāti Mutunga Apply the Mauricompass assessment to the local awa to assess the its mauri and hauora Wai Ora
Mahia Māori Committee  Freshwater Monitoring plan Wai Ora
Ngāti Tarawhai Te Iwi Trust Board Assessment of koura through the use of Tau Koura Wai Ora
Te Whenua Tōmuri Trust Water monitoring of local awa Wai Ora
Muriwhenua Kaitiaki Water monitoring of local awa Wai Ora