Our Partners in the awarua/waituna catchment


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The Waituna Partners’ Group:  A governance group made up of Southland District Council, Environment Southland, Ngāi Tahu and DOC. It has an associated Working Party of catchment stakeholders. A draft strategy for Waituna Lagoon has been prepared by the Partners Group.

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The Waituna Partners’ Group:  A governance group made up of Southland District Council, Environment Southland, Ngāi Tahu and DOC. It has an associated Working Party of catchment stakeholders. A draft strategy for Waituna Lagoon has been prepared by the Partners Group.

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The Waituna Partners’ Group:  A governance group made up of Southland District Council, Environment Southland, Ngāi Tahu and DOC. It has an associated Working Party of catchment stakeholders. A draft strategy for Waituna Lagoon has been prepared by the Partners Group.

The area is culturally significant to Ngāi Tahu and is recognised under the Statutory Acknowledgement within the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998. 

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The Waituna Partners’ Group:  A governance group made up of Southland District Council, Environment Southland, Ngāi Tahu and DOC. It has an associated Working Party of catchment stakeholders. A draft strategy for Waituna Lagoon has been prepared by the Partners Group.


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Fonterra farmers: There are 19 Fonterra farmers within the Waituna catchment and five of the farms are immediately adjacent to the Waituna Lagoon. Farmers are also represented on the Waituna Lagoon Working Group, established to advise the Partner’s Group. Their individual and collective contributions are vital to the success of our programme.

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Dairy NZ: Industry-funded body that aims to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of dairy farming.

Fish and Game: A national body responsible for the management of game animals and fish that is active in wetland habitat restoration.

Waituna Landcare Group: Set up as a result of local concerns about the impacts that intensive land use was having on the catchment and Waituna Lagoon.


Recreational Users: Range of groups and individuals interested in game bird hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing along the river and the lagoon.