Healthy waterways are essential, and working together to get and keep them healthy benefits us all.  Over time our rivers and streams have degraded.  

A Committee of local people from Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington was established in 2018.  Their goal was to help implement government regulations for improving water quality. 

The 17-person Committee was co-chaired by Mana Whenua and a community member.  They first adopted a set of kawa/principles to help drive their work, and then set about developing a programme to restore wai ora (healthy water) in the next 100 years.

A Mana Whenua committee, Te Kāhui Taiao, was also created - comprising of representatives from Taranaki Whānui and Ngāti Toa Rangatira.  

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Why is it needed? 

Our waterways have been degrading, and will continue to do so without big changes.  The desire for change is clear – not only from government regulation, but it’s also what our Mana Whenua partners and community expect.  The simple concept is to put water first – te Mana o te Wai

Ka ora te wai – If the water is cared for 
Ka ora te whenua – The land will be nourished 
Ka ora te whenua – If the land is nourished 
Ka ora te tangata – The people will prosper

Whaitua Implementation Programmes 

Two documents were produced, which must be read, implemented and woven together to ensure the objectives and recommendations in both reports are met.

  • Te Kāhui Taiao produced Te Mahere Wai, a Mana Whenua Whaitua Implementation Programme.  It establishes Mana Whenua values, water quality objectives, and a Mātauranga Māori assessment framework (te Oranga Wai). 

  • The full committee produced Te Whanganui-a-Tara Whaitua Implementation Programme.  

The documents feature recommendations, information on issues in each sub-catchment, and pathways to wai ora.  

You can watch the addresses from the launch event, including the Committee co-chairs, mana whenua leaders and Greater Wellington chair Daran Ponter.

Read the latest progress update

Interactive catchment map and information

What guided us

Updated June 15, 2023 at 2:30 PM

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