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Awarua / Waituna Lagoon Catchment


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Awarua / Waituna Lagoon Catchment


awarua/waituna catchment

Awarua/Waituna: Waituna Catchment

Protecting and reconnecting wetlands
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Our Team


Our Team in awarua/waituna

Our Team


Our Team in awarua/waituna

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

fonterra lead

Position is currently vacant.


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john mccarroll

I am a DOC Operations Ranger responsible for the Waituna catchment. I have a background in sales and marketing, and most recently as a probation officer, where I honed my strengths in relationship management. I have lived in Southland since I was two, so I’m almost a local. I enjoy spending time with my young family, socialising with my friends and can often be seen running around on the football field.

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Catchment Focus


awarua/waituna Catchment Focus

Catchment Focus


awarua/waituna Catchment Focus

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we are focusing on two key areas in the Waituna catchment:

  • Working with farmers to protect, restore and reconnect fragmented wetlands, improve in-stream habitat and water quality and support the uptake of best farm management practices.
  • Contributing to large-scale wetland restoration at Waituna Lagoon in connection to the DOC-led Arawai Kakariki programme.
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Background


awarua/waituna Background

Background


awarua/waituna Background

Background for the Awarua/Waituna Catchment

The Awarua-Waituna wetlands comprise more than 20,000 hectares of wetlands, including a coastal lagoon, freshwater streams, and the Awarua Bay and New River estuary. The focus area for the Living Water partnership is the Waituna Wetland Scientific Reserve, a 3,500-hectare wetland, which includes the Waituna Lagoon. 

  • Waituna Lagoon and the surrounding wetlands area is one of the first in New Zealand to be officially recognised as a wetland of international importance and listed under the Ramsar Convention. 
  • The wetlands provide habitats for a rich array of native wildlife and are a nationally important site for migrating wading birds. They are also home to a range of threatened species such as the Australasian bittern and are an important area for mahinga kai. 
  • More than 70 per cent of the Waituna catchment has been converted from wetland and native bush to agricultural land over the past 150 years. Approximately three per cent of wetland areas in Waituna remain on private land. 
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Projects


awarua/Waituna Projects

Projects


awarua/Waituna Projects

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

Currently we are supporting the following projects:

  • Working with farmers to protect restore and reconnect wetland fragments – targeting up to 10 private wetlands across Waituna catchment.
  • Restoring in-stream habitat of drain/tributary sites at Carrans and Waituna Creek
  • Contributing towards the restoration of up to 16 kilometres of the lower Waituna Creek
  • Trialling a passive filter that strips the nitrates and phosphorus out of the ground before it reaches the streams that feed into the Waituna Lagoon.
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Our Partners


Our Partners in awarua/waituna

Our Partners


Our Partners in awarua/waituna

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.

 

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Gallery


awarua/waituna Gallery

Gallery


awarua/waituna Gallery