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We test water quality, and train community groups to monitor and protect their own waterways.  This video was made with support from the Remutaka Conservation Trust, and features birdsong courtesy of the Department of Conservation.

Protecting wetlands

We work with landowners to help protect our region’s wetlands. Wetlands are crucial for the health of our environment and ecosystems, are of significant cultural importance for Māori, they help mitigate flooding and climate change, and provide important habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.


Working with the community

We establish committees which are led by the local community.  They have the task of recommending how to improve the quality of our fresh water. The community vision for water combines mātauranga Māori, citizen science, community knowledge, and expert information to fulfil the requirements of government regulations.  It’s called ‘Whaitua’, which is the Māori word for space or catchment.  


Safe to swim

Our environmental team tests water quality in your area so you know where it’s safe for you and your pets to swim. 

Safe to swim


In 2023 we planted almost 1 million trees across the region. Planting helps to conserve soil, improve water quality and remove greenhouse gases.

1 million trees

Erosion control

Each year we safeguard hundreds of hectares from soil erosion by planting native plants, poplars and willows.

Erosion control

Latest news

High-risk toxic algae in Waikanae River

Boom of rare native birds in Wairarapa Moana

A million trees in the name of Papatūānuku

Taranaki Whānui and Greater Wellington find co-governance success protecting te taiao in the Parangarahu Lakes Area

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Updated March 19, 2024 at 2:23 PM

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0800 496 734