Hutt Valley-Wellington Whaitua
The Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee, will be a group of local people tasked with researching and recommending tailored solutions for water issues in the catchment. Encompassing Hutt Valley, Makara, Wainuiomata, and Wellington City, the catchment is large and home to diverse communities with unique relationships to water. The committee will need public input to ensure the solutions they develop are going to work for our environment and all of those who call the whaitua home.
The Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee will be a group of local people responsible for developing a Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP) that best serves their community. The programme will outline how people living in the catchment want to manage their water through a range of integrated tools, policies and strategies.
The committee will be made up of community members, iwi representatives, local authority representatives and Greater Wellington Regional Council representatives. This process is supported by Greater Wellington Regional Council in partnership with Ngāti Toa, Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, Wellington City Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, and Wellington Water Limited.
Applications are open for community membership of the Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee, and anyone interested in the process can email email@example.com for more information.
Applications close 4 September 2018.
More information about the role and expectations can be found on Have Your Say.
The process and timeline guiding the Hutt Valley-Wellington Whaitua Committee is currently being finalised, with the experiences of the Ruamāhanga and Te Awarua-o-Porirua committees helping to determine the most effective way forward.
The committee will begin regular meetings in 2018, and will use the results of those discussions to develop a Whaitua Implementation Programme, or WIP. The WIP will set limits for water and associated land use, and will become a chapter in the Natural Resources Plan.
Whaitua committee meetings are generally open to the public. You are encouraged to attend and to have your say on the content and direction of the committee’s work.
The success of this process stands or falls on the level of public engagement it receives. The whaitua process is community led, and committee members come from a variety of communities across the catchment. For those who want to do their bit for water, this process is a real and tangible way to play a part. The committee will need to understand the ways in which whaitua communities use and value water, where the problems are, and how locals want to deal with those issues.
The best way to keep up to date with the whaitua process is here on this webpage or on facebook. We will keep you up to date on water issues and invite you to events or to take short surveys which will help the Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee keep a pulse of our whaitua communities.
You can contact us by email Whaitua@gw.govt.nz