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Waikanae River Environmental Strategy

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Waikanae River Environmental Strategy

Updated 4 February 2015 11:02am

The first Waikanae River Environmental Strategy was released in 1999, following the development of the Waikanae Floodplain Management Plan. Since then, the Waikanae River Corridor, downstream of the Rail Bridge, has undergone a transformation. Community volunteers have planted over 100,000 native plants, and new access paths and recreational facilities have been developed by Greater Wellington Regional Council, Kapiti Coast District Council and Department of Conservation. These changes have markedly improved the local ecology and the river is now a very popular recreational area for local residents and visitors to the Kapiti Coast alike.

The Waikanae River Environmental Strategy has now been updated to reflect these achievements, and provide a means of harnessing the efforts of Greater Wellington Regional Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, the Department of Conservation, Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai and volunteer groups such as the Friends of the Waikanae River, towards restoring and maintaining the ecological integrity of the river environment while providing for its sustainable use and enjoyment by the community.

All those involved in developing the Waikanae River environment share a vision: to restore and maintain the ecological integrity of the Waikanae River environment while providing for its sustainable use and enjoyment by the community.  

All parties with a role in managing the river environment will work together to implement the strategy.

Get a copy of the Waikanae River Environmental Strategy

Download the Waikanae River Environmental Strategy 2014 (low resolution version)

Printed copies are available from Greater Wellington Regional Council, Flood Protection Department.  To order a copy please email info@gw.govt.nz or phone 0800 4WN REG (0800 496 734).

Find below links to ten high resolution pdfs that enable better viewing of the maps and images included in the low resolution copy:

WRES Introduction and Background 

Part A: Context
- sets out the key features and values associated with the Waikanae River environment

Part B: A framework for protecting and improving the river environment
- includes the Vision and Objectives and general methods.

Part C: Contains recommendations for the management and enhancement of the river corridor in each of the seven river reaches identified in the strategy:

  1. Reikorangi/Water Treatment Plant Reach from the Water Treatment Plant downstream to the Rail Bridge
  2. Parikawau/Edgewater Park Reach from the Rail Bridge downstream to Walnut Grove (on the north bank)
  3. Waipunahau/Jim Cooke Memorial Park Reach from Walnut Grove to Paretai Grove (on the north bank)
  4. Pukekawa Reserve Reach from Paretai Grove to Kauri Road (on the north bank)
  5. Te Aorere/Waikanae Christian Holiday Camp Reach from between the western end of Pukekawa Reserve on the north bank, downstream to residences at the eastern end of the settlement of Otaihanga (on the south bank)
  6. Arapawaiti/Otaihanga Reach from the eastern end of Otaihanga (on the south bank) to approximately XS 50, where the dune on the north bank comes close to the river
  7. Kenakena/Estuary Reach extending over the final 50 m of the river, from Mazengarb Stream confluence to the river mouth

Appendices
- including restoration guidelines and recommended plant species for restoration of each of the seven river reaches.