Waikanae River Environmental Strategy
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.
Printed copies are available from Greater Wellington Regional Council, Flood Protection Department. To order a copy please email email@example.com 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:
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:
- including restoration guidelines and recommended plant species for restoration of each of the seven river reaches.