Local projects and priorities

We've agreed on several areas of priority for the Ōrāri Temuka Ōpihi Pareora water zone. Read about some of our current projects on this page.

Key projects

Washdyke Waitarakao Lagoon

We are one of several organisations involved in planning for the future of Washdyke Waitarakao Lagoon. We are working with others to understand, research and plan what improvements are needed to support Washdyke Waitarakao Lagoon environment for the betterment of the community.

Find out more about the Washdyke Waitarakao Lagoon.


Otipua-Saltwater Creek catchment

Otipua-Saltwater Creek is a popular waterway and a great spot for a walk or bike ride, home to the local rowing club, as well as native plants and wildlife. But issues with weed, water quality and flow levels mean that we need to carefully manage this water resource in the future.

Find out more about the Otipua-Saltwater Creek catchment project.


Catchment groups

Catchment groups are made up of volunteers from the community who live around a particular river and its tributaries and share an interest in protecting the quality of the water and natural environment.

There are eight catchment groups in the Ōrāri Temuka Ōpihi Pareora water zone, established as part of the Landcare Trust Working for Opihi Water Project.

They meet five or six times a year to learn about local waterways from the perspectives of both science and culture and to share information among participants.

More information on the Landcare Trust Working for Opihi Water Project: a map of catchment group boundaries and details on upcoming meetings.


Support for farmers and community

Support is available to farmers - to help meet Good Management Practice and mahinga kai outcomes. We also have support available for community groups and landowners looking to undertake an environmental project. Read on to find out more about these topics.

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Farming in the zone

Find more information on consents, tools, rules and responsibilities that might apply to your farm.

Visit the Farmers' hub to find zone-specific farming information.


Community support

We provide support to community organisations for projects and initiatives that align with our priorities.

See types of support available and how to apply.

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Mahinga kai

Mahinga kai/mahika kai is about the value of natural resources that sustain life, including the life of people.

Read more about mahinga kai and why it's important we protect it.