Together with our project team from the Mahurangi East Land Restoration project we hosted roughly 20 passionate members of the community at Te Muri Regional Park and planted 1500 native trees!
The Mahurangi River and surrounding waterways have been a symbolic feature in the lives of Warkworth locals and surrounding areas for generations.
It's no secret that the life of this river has degraded over time and many have worked, and continue to work, hard to help restore the mauri of this precious resource to its former health.
Mahurangi East Land Restoration (MELR) project is a $5 million, 5-year long sediment reduction programme to restore the health of the Mahurangi Harbour. Auckland Council and Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust have partnered to design and deliver the programme, which is funded by the 'Jobs for Nature’ Ministry for the Environment's (MfE) fund.
The programme supports the vision, values and mahi from previous foundational projects, notably the community-led Mahurangi Action Plan; and strives to work with ongoing community initiatives with the hope that locals will tell stories of life in the river for generations to come.
Auckland Council and the Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust are designing and delivering the project in partnership. Our goal is to reduce the amount of sediment reaching waterways in the catchment.
To read more about the project and to keep up-to-date visit: Ngatimanuhiri.iwi.nz/MELR