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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 over 100 regional 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.

Wetlands

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.  

Whaitua

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

Planting

In the Winter of 2021 we got our hands dirty with contractors, volunteers and partners to plant 400,000 trees.  Planting helps to conserve soil, improve water quality and remove greenhouse gases.

Dirty hands

Erosion control

This year we’ve safeguarded 913 hectares from soil erosion by planting native plants, poplars and willows.

Erosion control

Latest news

We listen - Poem by Stephen Douglas (PDF 8.4 MB)

Vigilance urged for dog owners and swimmers as more toxic algae found in the Hutt River

Wetland restoration reaches milestone

Heavy sentence for damaging wetlands

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Updated April 4, 2022 at 4:50 PM

Get in touch

Phone:
0800 496 734
Email:
info@gw.govt.nz