The Whangawehi Community (represented by Tangata Whenua, landowners, District and Regional Council) share a desire to maintain or improve the different cultural, ecological, recreational & economical values of the Whangawehi Catchment. Central to this aim is the need to address water quality issues & the loss of habitat for important freshwater & estuarine species.
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The Trust was established to be the leading contributor to the protection, enhancement and public enjoyment of Baring Head and its environs, and to assist the Greater Wellington Regional Council in its stewardship of the area.
The objectives of the Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society (MOWS) are to support and encourage the conservation and restoration of the Lower Kaituna River, Maketu Ongatoro and Little Waihi Estuaries and their associated wetlands.
Improve inanga spawning and a wetland ecosystem on Cobden Island by re-instatement of former water channels using a hydaulic excavator, followed by riparian plantings, as well as weed and predator control. Also, a total of 56 bird species have been recorded of which 18 are threatened. A bird hide is under construction, and there are proposals to build interpretation panels and develop the area's recreational potential. The Group is a partnership between local volunteers, the Grey District Council, the West Coast Whitebaiters Association and the Department of Conservation.
Project names; Sandspit Reserve saltmarsh restoration, Banded Rail habitat, Dean's Island restoration. Predator control on that reserve.
Brick Bay Drive stream and associated wetlands restoration and inanga spawning site restoration.
Annual shellfish monitoring of spit's east side shellfish bed. This will be extended to the Rainbow's End shellfish bed in 2013 summer.
Shorebird data collection.
Waicare data collection of 2 local streams, gradually extending to other streams in the catchment.
NZ GIS In Conservation (GiC) is a registered charitable organisation set up to foster and support the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) by volunteer conservation groups throughout New Zealand.
The purposes of GiC are to:
"Bring on the Birds" is a Gore Bay locals initiative to increase the species and numbers of native birds by controlling animal predators with support from volunteer families. In addition we will be working to support fish, lizard and insects in our high value ecological area.
Through its unique approach, Project Twin Streams engages local residents in the project through partnering with local community organisations to deliver the planting program.