Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee looks forward to working with iwi

 Te Awarua o Porirua Whaitua Committee - Photo / supplied

The recently-formed Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee has appointed community conservationist and ecological engineer Stu Farrant as chair.

The purpose of Te Awarua o Porirua Whaitua Committee is to facilitate community and stakeholder engagement in the development of a Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP).  They operate in partnership with tangata whenua and develop recommendations.

When the committee meets, Farrant is hoping to see locals attending the meetings.

Farrant is looking forward to working with the community to develop a set of rules around how we manage land and water in Te Awarua-o-Porirua catchment.

“We welcome people to the meetings.  Right now the committee is in the information gathering stage where we are becoming familiar with the catchment and learning about the dynamics of water management and the issues in the area.  At the meetings, subject matter experts explain the latest scientific, geographic and ecological information relevant to the area.

It’s a great way to learn about your environment.  It’s important to understand these features before we begin asking what we can do to protect and improve our area,” says Farrant.

The next meeting will be on Monday 27 July at Takapuwahia Marae in Porirua.  The committee will be learning more about the cultural use and history of Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua. 

More information can be found on their website here.

PHOTO: Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee - Sharli-Jo Solomon, Jennie Smeaton, Porirua City Councillor Bronwyn Kropp, Stu Farrant (Chair), Diane Strugnell, Richard Cook, Larissa Toelupe, Warrick Lyon, Dr John McKoy, John Gibbs. Regional Councillor Barbara Donaldson and Wellington City Councillor Malcolm Sparrow were not present for the photo.