our partners IN THE WAIKATO PEAT LAKES CATCHMENTS


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Fonterra Farmers: There are 12 Fonterra farmers in these catchments. Their individual and collective contributions are vital to the success of our programme.

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Ngāti Apakura: Holds mana whenua over Ruatuna and Rotomānuka and we havedeveloped a project to create a cultural health assessment and monitoring plan for these lakes.    Further opportunities to incorporate Mātauranga Māori in our work will develop over time.

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Waikato Tainui: Holds mana whenua over Areare and we are exploring ways to include the local Taupiri Marae in the programme. The first project is the re-establishment of cultural plant materials sites around the lake shores for eventual harvest.  

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Local Government: Waipa District Council, Waikato District Council, Waikato Regional Council: These agencies are actively involved in a wide range of shallow lake water quality and biodiversity enhancement activities. We seek to take advantage of their expertise and where appropriate complement and collaborate within and beyond the Living Water programme catchments.


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The National Wetland Trust of New Zealand: Has a long-running restoration project within this catchment.

The Lake Ruatuna Users Group and local schools: The Ruatuna Users Group provides help with upkeep around the lake. At Ruatuna, local schools have built an amenity block to facilitate outdoor education.

NZTA: Managing and treating storm water runoff from state highways offers opportunities to create wetland habitat and we are collaborating with NZTA at Rotomānuka and Areare.   

Waikato River Authority: A statutory agency that manages a substantial fund investing in water quality improvements across the whole of the Waikato River catchment.   


Fish and Game Waikato: A statutory agency that is active and experienced in wetland conservation projects and manages recreational game bird hunting across the Waikato Region.