Manaaki Whenua –
Landcare Research formalised a research partnership with the Ngāti Hauā Mahi Trust (NHMT), a Charitable Trust that leads environmental and restoration projects within the Ngāti Hauā rohe. A research plan was designed to co-develop a Wetland Mauri Framework to support wetland restoration within the Mangaonua and Mangaone Stream Catchment.
Wetlands are a key habitat and taonga for many iwi and hapū throughout the country, and of critical importance when exploring solutions for freshwater management. It was important for Ngāti Hauā Mahi Trust to ensure the values and priorities of both the whānau of Waimakariri (Cambridge) and Te Iti o Hauā Marae (Tauwhare) guide the restoration process.
The project was funded and supported by the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, SSIF Resilient Wetlands Programme, and the Waikato River Authority.