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Te Mana o te Wai projects

The Te Mana o te Wai Fund has contributed funding to projects that are assisting iwi and hapu to improve the water quality of freshwater bodies of importance to them.

This page has information on those projects.

Nga Roto Tapokapoka

Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi Development Trust

This project is enhancing three degraded Te Hiku dune lakes/wetlands of ecological importance. Activities include fencing, planting and building capability. Te Hiku iwi is collaborating with the Department of Conservation via He Korowai, a Treaty settlement partnership. The project involves community-led flora and fauna restoration (including planting and fencing) and education through wānanga and restoration activities.

Te Mana o te Wai Funding contribution - $319,000

Te Kaahui o Rauru Waterways Restoration Project 

Te Kaahui o Rauru Trust

This project supports hapū and whanau to become actively involved in the monitoring and restoration of seven culturally significant waterways. A waterway health monitoring programme will be created and riparian plans for each area developed. Waterways will be cleared of rubbish and weed plants, fencing and pest control will be undertaken, and riparian zones replanted with suitable plants

Te Mana o te Wai Funding contribution - $377,000

Ngā Puna Rau Rangitīkei 

Ngā Pae o Rangitīkei  (via the Te Maru o Ruahine Trust)

This project seeks to enhance the water quality and mana of the Rangitīkei Awa and catchment. Activities include stock exclusion through fencing, re-vegetation of riparian zones, reconnecting iwi and others to the Rangitīkei Awa and the development/implementation of an environmental monitoring framework.

It also includes a long-term strategic approach to the management of the catchment.

Te Mana o te Wai Funding contribution - $708,000

Tū te Manawa 

Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua Incorporated

Eight whare are being constructed to provide a place for the community to gather and reconnect with the Manawatū River. They will be located at iconic points in the catchment and will tell the stories of the cultural and historical importance of each of the sites. Local hapū, iwi and the wider community are addressing water quality issues with an extensive riparian planting and fencing programme. A monitoring programme will provide information to support local hapū/iwi groups make decisions on the ongoing management of the river.

Te Mana o te Wai Funding contribution - $534,000

Uawanui A Ruamatua - Healthy River - Healthy People

Te Aitanga A Hauiti Centre of Excellence Trust

This project is strengthening Te Aitanga A Hauiti as Kaitiaki of the Uawa River at Tolaga Bay by restoring the Kaitawa Estuary and Uawa River. Iwi are working together with local schools, foresters and farmers.

Activities include weed control, predator control, fencing, planting and enhancement of whitebait spawning areas and trialling sediment management methods.

Te Mana o te Wai Funding contribution - $503,000

Tūtira mai ngā iwi 

Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust

This project is developing an integrated community management programme for Lake Tūtira. Activities include riparian planting and fencing of priority riparian 'hot spots'.

Te Mana o te Wai Funding contribution - $414,000

Te Kakapa Manawa o Muaūpoko – The Heartbeat of Muaūpoko

Horowhenua 11 Part Reservation Trust

This project is restoring the mauri of Lake Horowhenua including its waters, environment and fishery. The project builds upon existing restoration projects with planting, stream fencing, storm water upgrades, community outreach and education, assisted eel reproduction and scientific analysis of lake water quality. 

Te Mana o te Wai Funding contribution - $972,000

Te Mana o te Wai Wainono Lagoon Restoration 

Te Rūnanga o Waihao Incorporated

This project is improving water quality and other characteristics of the Wainono Lagoon. It will develop additional rūnanga capacity to influence the management of freshwater resources.  Activities include stream fencing and battering, construction of sediment traps, and planting of denitrifying riparian species.

Te Mana o te Wai Funding contribution - $518,000

Whangawehi Catchment Restoration Project

Whangawehi Catchment Management Group

This project supports land owners, marae and local agencies to protect and enhance the rare and endangered freshwater and coastal ecosystems along the Whangawehi stream.  This includes riparian fencing and planting, as well as soil conservation and erosion protection.

Te Mana o te Wai Funding contribution - $243,000