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Waimata River community meetings

29 Oct 2018

Waimata River community meetings

The past, present and future of the Waimata River will be explored at two community meetings this weekend.

During the meetings, four speakers will give short talks on the life of the Waimata, its geology, ecology and history, from first settlement to the present.

Global expert on river restoration, Professor Garry Brierly will speak along with geologist Dr Dan Hikuroa, historian Sheridan Gundry and ecologist Abigail Salmond from the Te Awaroa Project.

This will be followed by a community discussion about the river’s future, chaired by Dame Anne Salmond.

Whether you live near the river, are a recreational user of it or simply appreciate looking at it, the meetings are an ideal opportunity to have your say on how it is cared for.

Council is working with the Te Awaroa Project to achieve community goals on the health of the Waimata River.

The Te Awaroa Project aims to create a national movement of Kiwis taking action to care for waterways, by understanding this issue from the perspective of the river – asking what would the river say / what is it saying?

A meeting for the upper catchment will be held at the Waimata Valley community hall at 10am to 12pm on Sunday 4 November, followed by a city meeting at the Waikanae Surf Club from 3pm to 5pm.

Photo by Malcolm Rutherford