Pūkorokoro-Miranda

Pūkorokoro-Miranda

About the area

Located on the Firth of Thames/Tīkapa Moana, the Pūkorokoro-Miranda catchment flows into an internationally significant 8,500 hectare coastal wetland that is protected under the Ramsar Convention.

The catchment is home to around 40 different migratory birds, including red knots and bar tailed godwits that fly from Pūkorokoro-Miranda to Siberia or Alaska (respectively) and back every year. These migratory shorebirds rely on the resting and refuelling areas in this catchment, including one of the world’s finest examples of a rare coastal landform – a Chenier plain – consisting of a series of ridges made up of marine shells.

The challenge

The shorebird area and habitat at Pūkorokoro-Miranda has been significantly degraded and reduced in size. Water quality is poor due to increased levels of suspended sediment. Much of this has been caused by various productive land uses in the catchment and the highly modified hydrology and drainage system that has been put in place to reduce inundation and flooding for landowners in the lower catchment.

Living Water’s key focus is protecting and expanding the shorebird habitat, reducing sediment loads and connecting on-farm biodiversity via ‘mountains to sea’ blue corridors.

  • 6,000ha total catchment area
  • 26% of the catchment is dairy farms
  • 8,500ha international Ramsar Wetland
  • 40 different migratory birds
  • 3 main types of farming (dairy, sheep, beef)
Chenier plains

Pūkorokoro-Miranda catchment

Long-term goals

20% expansion of shorebird habitat

50% increase in on-farm freshwater habitat

100% Fonterra farms engaged

50% landowners engaged

Birds flocking

Our team

Dion Patterson

Dion Patterson

DOC Site Lead
Sarah English

Sarah English

Fonterra Sustainable Dairying Advisor
Helen Kettles

Helen Kettles

DOC Freshwater Advisor
 Tim Brandenburg

Tim Brandenburg

Living Water Programme Lead
Avi Hozlapfel

Avi Hozlapfel

DOC Operations Manager
David Speirs

David Speirs

DOC Operations Director
Paul Grave

Paul Grave

Fonterra Regional Head Farm Source

Our farmers

Alan and Conny Bull

Alan and Conny Bull

Gary and Adrienne Dalton

Gary and Adrienne Dalton

Gareth Lever

Gareth Lever

Are you part of Living Water?

Are you part of Living Water?

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Our partners & friends

Keith Woodley

Keith Woodley

Pūkorokoro-Miranda Naturalists’ Trust
Te Whangai Trust

Te Whangai Trust

John Gumley

John Gumley

Consultant
Morehu Wilson

Morehu Wilson

Ngāti Pāoa
Hauraki District Council

Hauraki District Council

Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council

Hamish Kendal

Hamish Kendal

Flightworks

Our projects

Supporting documents