“The availability and quality of water in our catchment underpins and reflects the health and prosperity of our people. Water is vital to us all, it is a source of life and food, and for iwi it is also central to their identity. We are all connected to it, rely on it, and perhaps take for granted how much it shapes our lives.” (Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee, December 2016)
Final Ruamāhanga Whaitua Implementation Programme completed
The Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee has spent the last four years studying the whaitua - understanding the characteristics, its pressures, the cultural, economic, and environmental values residents associate with its waterbodies, and management options appropriate to its unique waterways and communities.
The Committee has now finalised the recommendations that form their Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP). The WIP describes the ways people from the catchment want to manage their water now and for future generations through a range of integrated tools, policies and strategies. The WIP includes recommendations on managing contaminants, water allocation and river management and sets freshwater objectives and limits for each freshwater management unit (FMU) - the many varied waterbodies that make up the catchment.
The final WIP can be downloaded here: Final Ruamāhanga WIP - August 2018
The WIP was accepted by GWRC at a Council meeting on 16 August 2018. The regulatory recommendations in the WIP will be included in a plan change process and will become a chapter in the proposed Natural Resources Plan. Non-regulatory recommendations will be developed by GWRC with the community and relevant external organisations.
Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee
The Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee (RWC) is a group of local people tasked with recommending ways to maintain and improve the quality of our fresh water. The committee was established in December 2013, and is working to produce a Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP). That programme will contain recommendations for the integrated management of land and water resources within the catchment and will be set out in GWRC’s Natural Resources Plan.
Following extensive discussions across the community the Committee has developed:
The committee is made up of local people who know, live and value the land and water of the Ruamāhanga Whaitua.
Knowledge and feedback from the community has played a significant role in the Committee's decision making and has been essential in this process.
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Understanding how the catchment works is vital for the Whaitua committee to make well informed decisions. An innovative process called collaborative modelling brings together independent specialists to show the current state of the catchment and to then test ideas about the impacts of future choices.