Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty Regional Council - Rangitāiki River wetland restoration project 

Project duration: 5 years
Freshwater Improvement Fund contribution: $1,500,000

Restoring 206Ha of wetlands across six High Value Ecological Sites.
Located in the Rangitāiki River catchment, between Murupara and the lower limit of Lake Aniwaniwa (Aniwhenua Dam), this project will restore 206Ha of wetlands across six High Value Ecological Sites by establishing long-term management plans, installing fencing to exclude stock, removal of pest plants and animals and native riparian planting.

Uretara Estuary Managers Incorporated - Katikati Hills to Ocean - H20 Improvement Project  

Project duration: 5 years
Freshwater Improvement Fund contribution: $250,000

Using citizen science to improve knowledge about water quality from the Katikati hills to the ocean.
Increasing urban development and intensification of horticulture and farming are accelerating stream bank erosion, sedimentation rates and stream pollution events. This project is focused on four streams within the catchment and builds on previous work undertaken by the group. Interventions include fencing, riparian planting, fish passage and wetland construction and pest control. A citizen science monitoring component is also included.

Rotorua Lakes District Council  - Lake Tarawera Sewage Reticulation and Treatment

Project duration: 3 years
Freshwater Improvement Fund contribution: $6,500,000

Seeking solutions for one of New Zealand’s iconic lakes.
Lake Tarawera is facing the risk of an irreversible deterioration from high clarity through ‘flipping’ into an algae-dominated state.  A reticulated sewage system, connecting to wastewater treatment is proposed to remove 15% of manageable inputs into the lake. The final design is subject to further investigation and community consultation.