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Ruamāhanga Whaitua

Ruamāhanga Whaitua

Updated 18 January 2018 4:25pm

“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! 

Water allocation

The Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee is currently talking with water users who may be affected in the future by potential changes to water allocation policies, to get their feedback and ideas. More information can be found here.   

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:

A set of community values

A list of key catchment issues

A vision and outcomes they would like to see for the catchment 

Meet the Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee

The committee is made up of local people who know, live and value the land and water of the Ruamāhanga Whaitua.

Presentations and reports - Learn more about the catchment

Learn alongside the Committee. Access all the presentations and reports provided to the Whaitua Committee, read committee workshop records, and find out what the committee has been doing
To keep in the loop, you can sign up to our newsletter for regular updates and join our Facebook page.

Using knowledge to make sound decisions

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. 

Community input

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

Have your say [RM1] about water quality issues in the Ruamāhanga whaitua!  


 [RM1]Link to Ruamahanga Have Your Say Page