Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River Environment Strategy Action Plan (HRES Action Plan)
The river is a defining natural feature of the Hutt valley, well-known in the Wellington region. The river corridor is a hugely popular parkland, accessible to a large urban population and attracting more than a million visits per year. People walk, run and cycle along the river, picnic, swim, exercise their dogs and enjoy the green space.
Te Awa Kairangi also presents a challenge because it has a long history of flooding. There is a critical need to manage the river and provide flood protection to keep the Hutt valley communities safe. Flood protection is being implemented under the Hutt River Floodplain Management Plan.
An environmental strategy has been developed to interweave environmental enhancement and flood protection when managing the precious river environment.
River management that meets community aspirations of enhancing the natural environment and recreational activities of the Hutt River, its margins and the wider river corridor, whilst enabling flood protection objectives and operations to be achieved.
To realise the vision, we will need help and support from the many people and organisations with an interest in the river. The vision will be achieved in three inter-related ways.
What are we aiming for?
The environmental strategy, including the vision, was developed with the community. It sets out broad goals and objectives for enhancing the natural environment, community connections and recreational opportunities along the river – and the actions required. Read about our objectives.
What actions will be required?
The strategy also identifies actions to implement in the short, medium and long term. The actions relate to eight sections (‘reaches’) of the river from Te Marua to the river mouth. Read about our actions.
On the ground
Practical best practice guidance will help ensure the environmental strategy is implemented to consistent standards throughout the river corridor. The manual includes detailed specifications on such things as trail and signage design, and how to carry out planting projects. Read more about the Operations Manual.
Integrating native planting and flood protection: an operational guide for Greater Wellington” is for Greater Wellington (GW) staff who carry out flood protection works. The aim is to increase the proportion of native species in riverside planting on the rivers that we manage for flood protection in the Wellington region.
We are responsible for enhancing biodiversity as well as flood protection. There are many situations where these two tasks can be complementary and better integrated. This guide explains how to recognise opportunities to do this, and put it into practise. This guide includes information on how to:
How to be involved
Achieving the vision will require help from the many people, groups and agencies with interests and responsibilities in the river. Various community projects have already made a positive difference. Find out how to be involved.
The 2018 HRES Action Plan has a number of sections that can be downloaded individually below:
Alternatively you can view a hard copy of the document at your local library or council office; or request one by contacting the Flood Protection Environmental Planner by emailing email@example.com.