Wellington Harbour/Hutt Valley Whaitua
The whaitua committee for Wellington Harbour and the Hutt Valley is coming soon!
The Wellington Harbour/Hutt Valley Whaitua Committee will be a group of local people tasked with researching and recommending tailored solutions for water issues in the catchment. Encompassing Makara, Wellington City, Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata, the catchment is large and home to diverse communities with unique relationships to water. The committee will need public input to ensure the solutions they develop are going to work for our environment and all of those who call the whaitua home.
The process and timeline guiding the Wellington Harbour/Hutt Valley Whaitua Committee is currently being finalised, with the experiences of the Ruamāhanga and Te Awarua-o-Porirua committees helping to determine the most effective way forward.
The Committee will begin regular meetings in 2018, and will use the results of those discussions to develop a Whaitua Implementation Programme, or WIP. The WIP will set limits for water and associated land use, and will become a chapter in the Natural Resources Plan.
Whaitua committee meetings are generally open to the public. You are encouraged to attend and to have your say on the content and direction of the committee’s work.
The success of this process stands or falls on the level of public engagement it receives. The whaitua process is community led, and committee members come from a variety of communities across the catchment. For those who want to do their bit for water, this process is a real and tangible way to play a part. The Committee will need to understand the ways in which whaitua communities use and value water, where the problems are, and how locals want to deal with those issues.
The best way to keep up to date with the whaitua process is to follow Greater Wellington’s Facebook page, where you can keep up to date on water issues and take short surveys that will help the committee keep a finger on the pulse of our whaitua communities.
You can contact us calling 0800 496 734 and asking to speak to somebody from the whaitua team.