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Hikurangi Catchment


Hikurangi CATCHMENt in the kaipara harbour

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Hikurangi Catchment


Hikurangi CATCHMENt in the kaipara harbour

Kaipara Harbour: Hikurangi Catchment

Enhancing wetlands and floodplain management
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Our Team


Our Team in Hikurangi

Our Team


Our Team in Hikurangi

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.


BEN HERBERT

I am a DOC Biodiversity Ranger for the Kaipara catchment with a current focus on the Hikurangi sub-catchment. My role in Living Water involves identifying and managing projects that can support and ultimately benefit Northland’s biodiversity and water quality. I feel this can be achieved through sound science, stakeholder engagement and a hands-on approach. The collaborative direction taken by Fonterra and DOC is showing we can achieve more in conservation when we work together. I am very lucky and grateful to have the chance to work in New Zealand’s unique and treasured environments, and I look forward to continuing to work hard to conserve our land, water and species.

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Catchment Focus


HIKURANGI Catchment Focus

Catchment Focus


HIKURANGI Catchment Focus

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we are focusing on the following key areas in the hikurangi catchment

  • Securing and protecting remnant wetlands and riparian forest. These include the two largest remnant wetland areas in public ownership (Wairua and Otakairangi Government Purpose Wildlife Management Reserves) and on-farm remnants. 
  • Building connectivity and enhancing ecosystem health and resilience within and beyond the flood plain. This will include building the resilience of the Otakairangi GPWMR peat bog through weed control and investigating water level manipulation as well as opportunities for wetland construction on-farm.
  • Contributing new knowledge through;
    • Identifying options to improve ecosystem services that benefit farmers and the catchment (flood, sediment and nutrient mitigation);
    • Demonstrating the value created for agricultural systems of securing and expanding wetland remnants.
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Background


HIKURANGI CATCHMENT Background

Background


HIKURANGI CATCHMENT Background

hikurangi catchment background

Located at the top of the Kaipara Harbour catchment, the 32,000-hectare Hikurangi catchment includes the Hikurangi floodplain.  

Once a giant wetland, the floodplain has been largely drained and developed for agriculture, forestry, horticulture, and lifestyle blocks. It is a biodiversity hotspot characterised by small, isolated and fragmented wetland and riparian forest remnants and several nationally threatened and at risk species.

The Hikurangi catchment was selected to be part of the Living Water partnership because of its location within the Kaipara Harbour, the concentration of dairy farms, high biodiversity values and the ease of access for the wider community to see the work being done in the catchment. 

There are also opportunities to contribute to activities to restore biodiversity carried out by iwi/hapū and other organisations and agencies, across the wider Kaipara catchment.

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Projects


our Projects IN HIKURANGI

Projects


our Projects IN HIKURANGI

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

Currently Living Water is supporting the following projects:

  • Mangahahuru and Mangawhero stream restoration – rehabilitation of stream banks and riparian planting.
  • Floodplain oxbow restoration – working with Whangarei District Council, Northland Fish and Game and hapῡ Ngati Hau to restore two oxbows contiguous with the Wairua River GPWMR.
  • On-farm work to reconnect isolated remnants of wetlands and protect threatened and rare ecosystems and species.  
  • Supporting the NKONWM-led healthy tuna (eel) project and funding Whitebait Connections freshwater education programme in local schools.
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Our Partners


Our Partners IN HIKURANGI

Our Partners


Our Partners IN HIKURANGI

our partners in hikurangi


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Northland Regional Council: Responsibilities include land and water management, and environment planning and monitoring. We rely on their expert advice on catchment management and the management of freshwater resources and improving freshwater quality.  

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Whangarei District Council: Responsibilities include land use planning and the management of the Hikurangi Swamp Scheme. We collaborate on projects that seek to improve biodiversity values within the flood plain 

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Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Wai Māori (NKONWM): A collective of five regional hapū with mana whenua over the Hikurangi catchment, and a valued member of our farmer engagement group. Established leaders of conservation projects such as restoring tuna (eel) habitat and their populations across the catchment.

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Fonterra farmers: There are 31 Fonterra farmers within the Hikurangi floodplain and 139 within the wider catchment.  

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


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Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group (IKHMG): Iwi-led multi agency co-operative that promotes integrated management, co-operation and kaitiakitanga across the whole of the Kaipara Harbour, and including the flagship farm and industrial sites located within Hikurangi catchment.

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Northland Fish and Game: National and local advocate and promoter of wetland creation and conservation. Jointly manages the Wairua River Government Purpose Wildlife Management Reserve with DOC and Ngati Hau.

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DairyNZ: Represented on our farmer engagement group. Dairy-industry funded body that aims to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of dairy farming.     

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NZ Landcare Trust: Community-based catchment restoration advice, support and action. Has led oxbow restoration projects.


Reconnecting Northland: A region-wide trust with strong links to tangata whenua promoting collaboration to create large-scale ecological restoration in Northland focusing on the well-being of our people and our land.

 

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Gallery


hikurangi catchment Gallery

Gallery


hikurangi catchment Gallery