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Actions for the Awa

Kia Mouriora Te Kaiwharawhara Sanctuary to Sea - Small Actions Equal Big Impacts

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How do we restore the mouri of an awa?

This is a complex task, but Kia Mouriora Te Kaiwharawhara Sanctuary to Sea (KMK/S2S) is trying to tackle it. Now five years into its 100-year goal of restoring the mouri of the Kaiwharawhara catchment, the project seeks to put the Kaiwharawhara in its rightful place as an essential piece in the healthy-ecosystem puzzle, and a source of kai, recreation, knowledge, and healing.

Read this article to find out how you can help the health of your local awa. 

Will they stay or will they shag off?

Kāruhiruhi and the lower reservoir restoration

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Written by Chris Gee (volunteer and boat skipper) and Ellen Irwin (Lead Ranger, Conservation)

In 2021, Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne carried out a project to restore the mouri and water quality of the lower reservoir, Roto Kawau. As part of this project, the water level of the reservoir was lowered by six metres, creating an expanse of bare, fractured mud. An important aspect at the beginning of this whole project was implementing a wildlife hazard management plan to identify any specific hazards to Zealandia species presented by the lower reservoir operation, and to consider mitigation approaches where necessary. This article discusses how the kawau/shag species reacted to the lowering water level. 

Restoring Roto Kawau

Operational report

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In 2021, Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne embarked on an ambitious operation to remove around 22,000 exotic perch from Roto Kawau, the lower reservoir. We have outlined this project in an operational report. The purpose of this report is to share our learnings and support other communities with similar ambitions.

Take it all in

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We want to encourage you to explore further into the sanctuary and take notice of things you may not normally see or hear. 

We’ve put together three tracks for you to explore based on your needs. Check them out here!


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