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Appendix 4: Field assessment form

Cultural Stream Health Assessment

Date:

Site no:

Indicators
Unhealthy
 
 
 
Healthy
1. Catchment land use 1. Land heavily modified
Wetlands+marshes lost
2.         3.         4.         5. Appears unmodified
2. Vegetation – banks and margins (100m either side) 1. Little or no vegetation – neither exotic or indigenous 2.         3.         4.         5. Complete cover of vegetation – mostly indigenous
3. Use of the river banks + margins (100m either side) 1. Margins heavily modified 2.         3.         4.         5. Margins unmodified
4. Riverbed condition (sediment) 1. Covered by mud/sand/slime/weed 2.         3.         4.         5. Clear of mud/sand/sediment/weed
5. Changes to river channel 1. Evidence of modification e.g. stopbanks, straightening, gravel removal, shingle build up 2.         3.         4.         5. Appears unmodified
6. Water quality eg, foams oils, slime, weed etc 1. Appears polluted 2.         3.         4.         5. No pollution evident
7. Water clarity 1. Water badly discoloured 2.         3.         4.         5. Water is clear
8. A variety of habitats 1. Little or no current, uniform depth and limited variety of flow related habitats 2.         3.         4.         5. Curent and depth varies, creating a variety of different flow related habitats
How would you describe the overall health of the river at this site? 1. Very unhealthy 2.         3.         4.         5. Very healthy
Please explain your answer  
BIRDS: Please list the mahinga kai bird species that you can see at this site
1. 2. 3. 4.
5. 6. 7. 8.
PLANTS: Please list the mahinga kai plant species that you can see at this site
1. 2. 3. 4.
5. 6. 7. 8.
ACCESS: Do you consider access to this site is sufficient to harvest mahinga kai?
1. Not able to gather at this site 2.         3.         4.         5. Able to gather – no restrictions
Please explain your answer  
Would you return to this side in the future?  
1. No 2.         3.         4.         5. Yes