Activities

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.

FRESH START FOR FRESHWATER CLEAN-UP FUND

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.

FRESHWATER
IMPROVEMENT FUND

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

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

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 manawaturiver.co.nz 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.

SEE SOMETHING POLLUTING OUR RIVER?

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

GET INVOLVED

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FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Manawatū River is OURS and as a community we have the choice of playing a part in its enhancement and protection. Working together we can help our awa thrive and enjoy it today and for generations to come.

FIND OUT
HOW YOU CAN HELP

Slide Despite efforts to recycle, plastic waste ends up in our awa. Reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic you use to help reduce the amount of plastic waste produced locally.

REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE

REDUCE
PLASTIC WASTE

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PICK UP LITTER

Next time you’re down by the awa take on the challenge of picking up five pieces of litter. Every bit counts and it all adds up to a happier, healthier environment for everyone to enjoy.

PICK UP LITTER

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PLANT A TREE

The benefits of planting trees are many – for our awa they include filtering nutrients from land run off and providing habitat for birds, fish and insects.

PLANT A TREE

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DISPOSE OF TOXIC
CHEMICALS SAFELY

Stop hazardous waste from reaching the river by disposing of it at dedicated facilities. Remember that everything that goes down the drain will eventually end up in our rivers and streams.

DISPOSE OF TOXIC
CHEMICALS SAFELY

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SEE IT, REPORT IT,
CALL 0508 800 800

If you see a chemical spill or contaminants in waterways call Horizons’ Pollution Hotline.

SEE IT, REPORT IT,
CALL 0508 800 800

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WASH YOUR CAR
ON THE GRASS

Grass acts as a natural filter for contaminants, trapping potential pollutants such as oil, dirt and grease. Washing your car on the lawn filters run off through the soil before entering stormwater drains and ultimately the river.

WASH YOUR CAR
ON THE GRASS

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Join the conversation and get involved, there are a lot of things you can do to help and we have the resources to show you how. Join our community on social and find out more at manawaturiver.co.nz

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

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Find out what you can do

The Manawatū River is OURS and as a community we have the choice of playing a part in its enhancement and protection. There is a lot you can do to help our awa thrive, and we are here to help you make a difference.

Find out what you can do

Slide Erosion can have a major impact on sediment and clarity in our waterways. Reduce the amount of sediment entering our awa and keep soil on your land by planting poplar poles in erosion prone areas.

COMBAT HILL COUNTRY EROSION

COMBAT HILL COUNTRY EROSION

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FIX BARRIERS TO FISH PASSAGE

Many of the native fish species need to get back and forth between their fresh water homes and the sea to breed. Barriers to this migration seriously impact our native fish, many of which are at risk. Find out how to make dams, weirs, and overhanging culverts in your streams fish friendly.

FIX BARRIERS TO FISH PASSAGE

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PROTECT STREAMS WITH RIPARIAN PLANTING AND FENCING

Keeping stock out of waterways and protecting streams with a buffer of plants along stream margins has a major impact on water quality and stream habitat. Improve sediment, nutrient, and bacteria levels in our awa and help aquatic life thrive in your streams through effective riparian management.

PROTECT STREAMS WITH RIPARIAN PLANTING AND FENCING

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MANAGE EFFLUENT ON YOUR FARM

Nutrient and bacteria in our waterways has a major impact on water quality in our catchment. Implement sustainable systems for managing effluent on your farm and help keep our awa healthy and safe.

MANAGE EFFLUENT ON YOUR FARM

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PROTECT WETLANDS AND NATIVE BUSH ON YOUR LAND

Today only 18 per cent of the catchment remains under indigenous cover. There are many programmes in the catchment working to protect these precious ecosystems. Find out how to protect bush remnants and wetlands on your land.

PROTECT WETLANDS AND NATIVE BUSH ON YOUR LAND

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LEAD A COMMUNITY PROJECT

Every year there is $100,000 of funding for community projects that aim to enhance and protect the awa. Take advantage of the support available and galvanise your community to protect our waterways.

LEAD A COMMUNITY PROJECT

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Join the conversation and get involved, there are a lot of things you can do to help and we have the resources to show you how. Join our community on social and find out more at manawaturiver.co.nz

JOIN THE CONVERSATION