Who we work with
The project is led by Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne, in partnership with mana whenua Taranaki Whānui Te Ūpoko o Te Ika, and has strategic leadership from CentrePort, Wellington City Council, Department of Conservation, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Morphum Environmental Ltd, GHD and Wellington Water. The wider Kaiwharawhara community are key stakeholders and drivers of our collective effort, and researchers support our work. We consider this whole-community approach as the only option for reversing the loss of biodiversity in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Today, Kia Mouriora te Kaiwharawhara Sanctuary to Sea exists thanks to the work of many passionate community members who have been focused on the restoration of the catchment for decades. This project exemplifies where we are heading as an organisation. Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne has a 500-year vision of restoration—sustainability is at our heart. Our theory of change for a better environmental future is to push the boundaries, learn from what we do, share our knowledge, and inspire action.
Read more about some key voices of the Kaiwharawhara below.