Great work Fonterra and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand. Living Water LOVES wetlands...so we are really happy to see you do too! –––––––––– Our teams from the Stirling and Edendale sites, together with shareholders, community members, and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand spent two days constructing a wetland at our Stirling cheese factory. The team planted 1600 native plants! A big thanks to everyone involved.
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Living Water helped out at Fonterra's Open Gates on Sunday and got to showcase these awesome sediment traps that are helping to clean up our Waikato lakes. #LivingWater #LWWaikatoLakes https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/99714406/water-maze-part-of-plan-to-protect-waikato-farms-lake
For our lakes to be healthy we need to rid them of damaging pest fish. Living Water's Waikato team has been working with Ngahinapouri School to do just that! #LivingWater #LWWaikatoLakes http://www2.nzherald.co.nz/hamilton-news/te-awamutu-courier/news/article.cfm?c_id=1504325&objectid=11958026
Fab view of Te Waihora-Lake Ellesmere while flying through to Invercargill for a Waituna Lagoon Partners meeting - a great reminder of why Department of Conservation and Fonterra are working so hard in the Ararira-LII catchment to improve water quality and freshwater ecosystems #LivingWater #LWArarira
Living Water is really excited to be supporting Fonterra and their Open Gate initiative with the wonderful Raewyn and Tony van Gool opening their farm on Sunday 10 December. Raewyn and Tony have protected and enhanced an amazing wetland on their property and Living Water have helped with riparian planting initiatives. Check out www.opengates.co.nz to find a farm new you to visit.
Pukorokoro-Miranda is an internationally protected wetland and coastal area from which thousands of migratory birds travel to and from Siberia and Alaska each year. Living Water has funded the upgrade of the access track to the bird hide viewing area so that it is more accessible for New Zealanders and tourists. Check out www.miranda-shorebird.org.nz to plan a visit to this stunning and fascinating part of New Zealand. #LivingWater #LWPukorokoroMiranda
Living Water has been working with Fine Particle Application NZ to demonstrate the effectiveness of applying fertiliser using a fine particle application (FPA) method compared to conventional application of granular fertiliser. We had dozens of farmers and agricultural consultants come to our recent demo day to see the great results first hand which showed the same or better grass growth using less fertiliser. Less fertiliser is good for the environment and good for the bank balance! Follow the progress of this demo over the next year at www.livingwater.net.nz #LivingWater #LWWaituna
Ngā Kaitiaki o Ngā Wai Māori in Northland is working with Living Water and local Hikurangi farmers to help restore native tuna (eel) habitat in order to rebuild the fishery for local people. Collaborations between mana whenua and farmers is critical for creating opportunities to weave Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) into all our Living Water projects. He ika kai ake i raro, he Rāpaki ake i raro is a whakataukī or proverb that uses the analogy of where a fish begins its meal is the same as where we begin to climb a hill - it illustrates that any journey begins with a first step. www.livingwater.net.nz #LivingWater #LWWairua
According to Catherine Febria from the Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (CAREX) run by the University of Canterbury, we are well on our way to knowing how to transform agricultural drains into healthy waterways. With nine experiment sites throughout Canterbury, the CAREX team have now partnered with Living Water to scale-up their work and apply their results in catchments across New Zealand. Check out www.carex.org.nz and www.livingwater.net.nz for the most up-to-date results. #LivingWater #LWArarira
Recent results from our floating wetlands trial at Lake Areare are looking promising, with data showing a 50% reduction in suspended sediment in water downstream of the floating wetland and 50% phosphorus removal efficiency. The floating wetlands are aquatic plants growing on a buoyant mat that is then positioned in a waterway. The roots of the plants spread into the water, removing nutrients as the plants grow. Maybe there could be floating wetlands on all farms in the future if these trials keep up results like this over the next few years!! www.livingwater.net.nz #LivingWater #LWWaikatoLakes
Our Living Water team recently sponsored a kids fishing day with a difference - the kids from Ngahinapouri School helped catch 37 pest fish in Lake Ngaroto, a step towards improving the health of the lake. Full story: http://bit.ly/2k6IT0k
Thanks Sustainable Coastlines for the great venue for our planning meeting! The national team are refreshed and ready to hit the ground running in 2018 👍. One of our key national projects this year is a “transforming agricultural drains to streams” engagement initiative...we are really looking forward to working with the Department of Conservation’s freshwater team, Fonterra’s sustainable dairying team and University of Canterbury’s CAREX team on this one!