Accord Activities in the Manawatū Catchment

E kore a Parawhenua e haere ki te kore a Rakahore

Water wouldn’t move if it wasn’t for rock – partnership
in ventures is essential for success

The Accord brings together the community, iwi/hapū, local and central government, Massey University, and advocacy groups for industry, farming, the environment and recreation. Working together our aim is to protect the Manawatū River and nourish the mauri (lifeforce) of the Manawatū Catchment such that it sustains fish species and is suitable for contact recreation, in balance with the social, cultural and economic activities of the catchment community.

Since the Accord was signed in 2010 a huge range of projects and tasks have been undertaken. Activities range from stream fencing, riparian planting and upgrading wastewater treatment plants, to habitat restorations and working with farmers to develop environmental farm plans.

To see some of the things that have been completed in your area visit the see progress page.

Accord activity is supported by different central government funding schemes such as the Fresh Start for Freshwater Clean-Up Fund and the Freshwater Improvement Fund. Along with significant financial contributions from Horowhenua, Manawatū, and Tararua District Councils, Horizons Regional Council, Palmerston North City Council, DairyNZ, landowners, and iwi. In-kind contributions have also been received from community groups and industry partners. Find out more about some the major Accord projects by exploring the pages below.


A central government funding scheme to address areas of poor water quality, accelerate enhancement efforts throughout the catchment and enable community involvement in restoration activities.


A central government funding scheme to continue enhancement efforts throughout the catchment and enable community and iwi involvement in restoration activities. Click the link below to find out more about the projects funded by this scheme and how you can get involved.


Waiora is a hands on journey into our region’s many water sources and their impact on our lives. It provides opportunities for schools to investigate and plan action, based on learning about the environment, for the environment, in the environment.


Tū Te Manawa is a kaupapa, erecting eight whare (educational kiosks) that bring whānau, hapū, iwi and community back to the awa. Tū Te Manawa has been funded by the Ministry for the Environment’s Te Mana o te Wai fund and is part of the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord.

Ngā mea e āhei ai te tangata

What you can do

Improving the health of our awa takes a lot of hard work, resources and time. All Accord members are working through the tasks set in the Action Plan as every contribution, big or small, makes a difference. There are many ways you can play your part too. Below are just a few of the ways that you can get involved:

  • Participate in a community planting day, you can find out about upcoming events right here at and on our social pages. If you have organised a planting day, let us know and we can help spread the word.
  • Remember stormwater drains should only drain rain – wash your car on the lawn and refrain from tipping any harmful chemicals down the drain to prevent them making their way into urban stormwater systems and ultimately the river.
  • Want to do more? Let us know and we can connect you with a catchment care group in your area or give you the information you need to start your own
  • Use phosphate free laundry and dishwashing detergents.
  • If you’re a school or community group, check out our Environmental Education page to find out about programmes in your area and access educational resources. You can also learn more about the science behind the Accord and the research being done on our Science pages.
  • Join the conversation and stay in the loop with what’s going on in the catchment on the Manawatū River Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • If you are a landowner there are grants and other assistance available, find out more be exploring the site or contact us.


Please let us know by calling Horizons’ freephone Pollution Hotline 0508 800 800.