In 2014 Gisborne District Council received funding from the Ministry for the Environment to undertake a community-based pilot project the Lower Waipaoa and Te Arai catchment areas to identify, protect and enhance inanga spawning sites. The purpose of the project was to:
- Identify existing and potential inanga spawning sites
- Develop capacity within local communities and iwi to identify potential spawning areas and undertake protection/restoration
- To pilot the restoration of spawning habitat as a learning exercise and model for other parts of the region.