“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)
The Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee (RWC) was established in December 2013, and is working to produce a Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP) which will be presented to Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) in 2017. The programme will contain recommendations for provisions for the Ruamāhanga Whaitua section of GWRC’s Natural Resources Plan, and for work programmes for the integrated management of land and water resources within the catchment.
Following extensive discussions across the community the Committee has developed:
We all want bucket loads of wonderful swimmable, drinkable, fishable, sustainable water for our community, and we need your help to channel the way forward.
The Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee would love your feedback on how contaminants should be managed in the future - both in urban and rural settings.
The survey linked below takes just 10 minutes to complete, and your responses will inform the Committee's development of a Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP) over the coming months.
Learn alongside the committee. Access all the presentations and reports provided to the Whaitua Committee.
The committee is made up of local people who know, live and value the land and water of the Ruamāhanga Whaitua.
Read committee workshop records.
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.
A vital part of the committee’s work developing a Whaitua Implementation Programme is understanding local people’s concerns and ideas. Find out about previous and upcoming community discussions.