2021 New Zealand River Awards – News & Updates

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2021 New Zealand River Awards News & Updates

2021 New Zealand River Awards Finalists

River Story Award Semi-Finalists

Kaūpokonui, Taranaki

Fish can move freely up and down Kaūpokonui Stream for the first time in 120 years thanks to the removal of a disused weir.
Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust led the charge to remove the 3m high weir, which is located on private land, about 5km off the coast of South Taranaki. Fonterra Kāpuni, Taranaki Fish and Game, South Taranaki District Council and the Taranaki Regional Council also contributed to the project. Monitoring results since the weir’s removal have indicated the intervention has had an immediate positive impact…

Makarora, Ōtākou/Otago

A partnership between Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand and the Aspiring Biodiversity Trust is helping to protect and restore the indigenous biodiversity of the Makarora/Makarore and Wilkin/Otanenui Rivers in Otago.
by enabling threatened species monitoring, pest and weed management, and habitat restoration in the Makarore/Otanenui Catchment. While still early days, the Aspiring Biodiversity Trust is making great strides towards restoring indigenous biodiversity and connecting people with nature…

Puhinui, Tāmaki Makarau/Auckland

The 12km-long Puhinui Stream was once considered the most polluted of the Auckland region’s monitored waterways. Restoration work has been carried out since 2003 and the Wiri School tamariki are the latest chapter in this story. Over the past three years with the help of volunteers, corporates and Eke Panuku, the community has worked together to clear a 2km stretch of stream of waste and developed education initiatives to help restore pride in the awa…

Pūniu, Waikato

Pūniu River Care is an environmental restoration organisation based at Mangatoatoa Marae which employs local whānau to do the mahi. Established in 2015, the group has helped local Iwi learn, grow and use their mātauranga Māori to clean up this awa, restore the tuna habitat and improve biodiversity. They are partnering with local landowners and the Waikato Regional Council, and MfE is also supporting this project through the Freshwater Improvement Fund…

Rangitīkei, Manawatū

Ngā Puna Rau o Rangitīkei (NPRoR) is a large catchment group with an ambitious goal to provide for a whole-of-catchment approach to preserving and enhancing the mauri of the Rangitīkei Awa and community. They are undertaking fencing and planting work throughout the catchment, monitoring freshwater health, teaching others about issues associated with the Awa, and working to implement a plan they developed in 2019 to improve catchment freshwater health…

Upper Waipoua, Wairarapa

The Upper Waipoua Kaitiaki Group, established in 2018, is one of many groups working within the Wairarapa to improve local water quality. In addition to introducing monitoring activities, the group, which is primarily made up of local farmers, has put significant effort into fencing and planting activities to try and reduce the chances of E. coli and other harmful bacteria and substances entering the Upper Waipoua…