“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)
Have your say about water quality issues in the Ruamāhanga whaitua!
The Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee invited community comments on the draft Ruamāhanga WIP from mid-June to mid-July 2018. You can download a copy of the draft WIP here: Draft Ruamāhanga WIP
Thank you to all those who took the time to make comments. These will now be collated and analysed and the Committee will consider changes before presenting the final WIP to Greater Wellington Regional Council in August 2018.
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.
Timeline to completion of the WIP:
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The Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee has spent the last four years studying the whaitua – understanding its 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 is currently finalising the full range of recommendations that will form their Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP). A 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 will comprise a number of chapters, and include recommendations on managing contaminants, water allocation and river management. The WIP will set freshwater objectives and limits for each individual Freshwater Management Units (FMUs) – these are the many varied waterbodies that make up the catchment.
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.