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Pῡkorokoro/ Miranda Catchment


PŪkorokoro/miranda catchment IN FIRTH OF THAMES

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Pῡkorokoro/ Miranda Catchment


PŪkorokoro/miranda catchment IN FIRTH OF THAMES

Firth of Thames/Tīkapa Moana
Pūkorokoro/Miranda Catchment

Shorebird habitat, flyways and farming on the coast
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Our Team


Our Team IN PŪKOROKORO/MIRANDA

Our Team


Our Team IN PŪKOROKORO/MIRANDA

representatives from fonterra and doc are driving the delivery of this programme:

TIM BRANDENBURG

As the North Island Fonterra Project Manager I am responsible for the three North Island catchments – Hikurangi, Pῡkorokoro/Miranda and the Waikato Peat Lakes. Prior to joining the Living Water team at Fonterra I spent 27 years with the Department of Conservation in a wide variety of roles from Field Ranger to Area Manager. My experience includes biodiversity restoration, pest control, infrastructure project management, and working with rural communities. I’m excited about the work we’re doing with Living Water, to demonstrate how dairying and caring for the environment can go hand in hand.


Dion patterson

I am the DOC Operations Ranger responsible for the Pukorokoro-Miranda Living Water project.  I have a broad of range of conservation experience built over 25 years with the department.  I see the DOC/Fonterra partnership as a great opportunity to achieve positive catchment and biodiversity restoration outcomes for landowners, community and in particular, global conservation benefits to migratory shorebirds that rely on the Pukorokoro-Miranda (Firth of Thames) habitat.  My spare time usually sees me pottering around a small lifestyle block, hunting, fishing and introducing my young family to the outdoors.

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Catchment Focus


Catchment Focus PŪKOROKORO/MIRANDA

Catchment Focus


Catchment Focus PŪKOROKORO/MIRANDA

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we are focusing on the following key areas in the Pūkorokoro/Miranda catchment:

  • Protecting, and expanding shorebird habitat, including high tide roosting habitat and salt marsh, and managing weeds and predators.
  • Supporting advocacy to protect international flyway sites.
  • Showcasing examples of sustainable dairy farming practices.
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Background


PŪKOROKORO/mIRANDA CATCHMENt BACKGROUND

Background


PŪKOROKORO/mIRANDA CATCHMENt BACKGROUND

Located on the Firth of Thames/Tīkapa Moana, the PŪkorokoro/Miranda catchment flows into an internationally significant 8,500 hectares coastal wetland that is protected under the Ramsar Convention. This catchment is also one of New Zealand’s most important coastal ecosystems – giving the Living Water partnership many opportunities to help improve biodiversity. 

  • It 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.
  • It features 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 coastal strip, east of the main road, from the Pūkorokoro Miranda Stream mouth to Kaiaua settlement, has the highest potential for biodiversity enhancement in the catchment.
  • Migratory shorebirds rely on the resting and refuelling areas in this catchment and further along their migratory routes (flyways) to their Arctic breeding grounds. 
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Projects


Projects in the pŪkorokoro/miranda catchment

Projects


Projects in the pŪkorokoro/miranda catchment

Projects in the pŪkorokoro/miranda catchment

LIVING WATER IS WORKING WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS TO HELP RESTORE THE BIODIVERSITY IN THIS CATCHMENT.

Currently we are supporting the following projects:

  • International advocacy work led by the Pῡkorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust to support the protection of shorebird habitats with a focus on North Eastern China sites along the East Asian Australasian Flyway Network.
  • On-farm work to develop farm biodiversity plans and support restoration activities around stream beds and riparian margins.
  • Restoration and enhancement of shorebird habitat with a focus on the east coast shoreline including fencing, pest and weed management and habitat creation.
  • The acquisition of additional land to create extra habitat at the Pūkorokoro/Miranda Stream mouth. 
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Our Partners


Our Partners in pŪkorokoro/miranda

Our Partners


Our Partners in pŪkorokoro/miranda

our partners in the pŪkorokoro/miranda catchment


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Fonterra farmers: There are 10 Fonterra farmers in the catchment, and six of these farms are adjacent to the shorebird habitat area.

Their individual and collective contributions are vital to the success of our programme.

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Ngāti Pāoa: Has mana whenua over this area and we are developing projects with them to ensure Mātauranga Māori is incorporated into our work.

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Pūkorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust: Have been carrying out local shorebird conservation projects for many years. They are leading partners in the East Asian Australasian Flyway Network project, which seeks to encourage countries to actively protect wetlands and estuaries critical to the survival of migratory birds including Pūkorokoro/Miranda.   

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Hauraki District Council: Responsible for land use management and currently leading the development of the Hauraki Rail Trail that will pass through the area, bringing many visitors, economic development, environmental impact challenges, as well as positive opportunities. 


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Waikato Regional Council: Is responsible for water quality and land use. We rely on their expert advice on catchment management and will collaborate on water quality monitoring design and implementation.

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EcoQuest: Locally based NGO that brings international university students to the area. They have carried out many environmental projects and studies already and can provide volunteer and field studies resources to our projects. 

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Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari:  An initiative created for the development of a marine spatial plan for the Firth of Thames/Tīikapa Moana involving a wide range of NGOs, iwi, community groups and local and central government agencies.

 

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Gallery


PŪKOROKORO/MIRANDA CATCHMENT Gallery

Gallery


PŪKOROKORO/MIRANDA CATCHMENT Gallery


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