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Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara

Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara

Updated 4 March 2021 5:37pm

Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee is a group of local people from Hutt Valley and Wellington assigned with developing a programme to improve the quality of our streams, rivers and harbour.

The Committee is co-managed by mana whenua and has adopted a set of kawa/principles to help drive its work. These will help guide the process over the two years and ensure that the final outcome takes an integrated and holistic approach to water management. 

The committee's putake/purpose

"Kei te putake o Whaitua te Whanganui a Tara tona mauri mana motuhake... hei oranga mo te katoa i noho ki konei."

The mauri of Whaitua te Whanganui a Tara and the communities who live within it is nurtured, strengthened and able to flourish.

Meet your committee members.

The Whaitua Process

Whaitua is te reo Māori for catchment or space. The Wellington Region is divided into five whaitua, each of which will have a Whaitua Committee assigned to develop a programme to improve water quality. You can find out more about the Ruamāhanga and Te Awarua-o-Porirua committees.

This integrated approach to water management recognises the value of Ki Uta Ki Tai (from mountains to sea), the interconnectedness of nature, and sees the whole path of water, from mountains to sea, as something to be sustainably managed.

Whaitua committees’ recommendations are guided by the principles of Te Upoko Taiao – Natural Resource Management Committee which underpin the overall management approach of the regional plan.

Take a look at the five principles underpinning whaitua committee decision-making.

Community Input

The whaitua process is community led, and committee members come from a variety of communities across the whaitua. 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. 

How can I contribute?

We would love you to help us to shape the action that is needed. We want to hear how water is part of your life and what you imagine in a better future. Follow this link to have your say, and we look forward to hearing from you. 

If you have any feedback, invitations, or suggestions, please email us at

Current state - Water quality and ecology

A report has been prepared to inform the Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee about the current state of the catchment's water quality and ecology. You can access the report here

Staying Connected

The best way to keep up to date with the whaitua process is here on this webpage or on facebook. We will keep you up to date on water issues and invite you to events or to fill short surveys which will help the Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee keep a pulse of our whaitua communities.

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