Whaitua committees are groups of local people tasked with recommending ways to maintain and improve the quality of our fresh water. Whaitua is the Māori word for space or catchment.
What are whaitua committees?
Whaitua committees are responsible for developing a Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP) together with their communities. A WIP describes community aspirations for water and helps set a platform for collective effort to improve the health of waterways. The WIP is implemented through new regulations and actions on the ground.
Committees are made up of local community members, iwi representatives, local authority representatives, and Greater Wellington Regional Council representatives.
There are five whaitua areas in our region, and each has or will have its own whaitua committee.
The Kāpiti Coast whaitua committee will be established in late 2022 and Wairarapa Coast will follow.
Whaitua Committees achieve a community vision for water by combining mātauranga Māori, citizen science, community knowledge, and expert information to fulfil the requirements of the Essential Freshwater package.
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