Raising the health, wellbeing and mauri of the river.

Waimā, Waitai, Waiora is a project on Northland’s longest river, the Wairoa River, which flows into the Kaipara Harbour. The project is a collaboration between mana whenua, community organisations, NGOs and government agencies, who all care about the health, wellbeing and mauri of the waterways that flow into the Kaipara Harbour, who then developed the Waimā, Waitai, Waiora Project.

The Project involves the following partners and is underpinned by a Mana Enhancing Agreement which places the principle of mana at the centre of a living relationship:

  • Ngā Kaitiaki o Ngā Wai Māori
  • Te Roroa
  • Te Uri o Hau
  • Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management
  • Living Water Partnership
  • Northland Regional Council
  • Reconnecting Northland
  • Sustainable Business Network

We recognised that our rivers and the harbour are dying and the solutions are much bigger than us. By working with landowners, marae, hapū and iwi and other stakeholders to implement sustainable land management practices informed by mātauranga Māori, we are ensuring that we make a difference to the mauri of those waterways and protect our way of life for the future.

The purpose of the partnership is to enhance the impact, effectiveness and reach of water quality initiatives within the Northern Wairoa and the Kaipara Harbour through sharing perspectives, experiences, knowledge, resources and networks and to ensure our respective work programmes are aligned and synergistic.

Together we were successful in receiving funding from the Ministry for the Environment's Freshwater Improvement Fund.

A key element of this project is Te Kawa Waiora, which is the mātauranga element of the Project. The purpose of Te Kawa Waiora is to enable iwi, hapū and marae of the catchment to conduct research concerning issues of importance to them and as the basis by which their contribution to raising the health, wellbeing and mauri of the river can be achieved.

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Related information

Waimā Waitai Waiora 
Restoring the Northern Wairoa River and its catchment 
Wairua River