About the project
The Lower Waituna Creek transformation project is a multi-phase ecological restoration, wetland reconnection and water management project. It is being undertaken in partnership with the Department of Conservation’s Arawai-Kakariki programme and the Whakamana Te Waituna project.
Mostly being carried out on public land, this ‘proof of concept’ project includes completing hydraulic assessments, and designing and implementing riparian in-stream habitat improvement, and nutrient and sediment management interventions e.g. sediment traps, two-stage channels, nutrient filters.
This project will demonstrate the use of different restoration and water management concepts that could potentially be scaled up and implemented throughout the catchment.
- Concept planning completed in 2016
- Hydraulic assessments and detailed planning and design for Phase 1 completed end of 2017
- Phase 1 construction, including installing instream habitat structures, bank re-profiling, and plantings completed March 2018
- Fish and habitat monitoring completed March 2018
- Phase 2 concept planning underway as part of Whakamana te Waituna through 2018
- Kokopu moved downstream in Feb 2018 due to extreme drought - vlog here
Phase 1 Installation
Completed March 2018
Phase 2 Design and Installation
Due to be completed by the end of 2019
- Phase 2 planning and design in 2018