Creating solutions for our water

    Through this community-led process, the Committee will develop recommendations for Greater Wellington Regional Council. The plan will include ways to improve the quality of all water in our area - streams, rivers, the urban waterways and coasts, which influences how our stormwater, wastewater, drinking water and land is used. These recommendations will incorporate the ways people want to manage their water, through a range of integrated tools, policies and strategies. 

    Recommendations will steer council decisions and actions that affect freshwater quality, human and ecological health, the mauri of water bodies, mahinga kai and ensure mana whenua are better supported to practice their customary uses of water. 

    We are all responsible for the health of water

    Unhealthy water affects all of us. Fixing our pipes and restoring the health of our wai won't be cheap, but sitting on our hands just isn’t an option.

    Communities can improve the water in their own backyard and the committee wants to enable individuals and groups to take charge and make change. Even the smallest change can have big impacts. 

    The Committee, the people

    Working with communities on what they hold valuable traditionally, now and for future generations is a key component of the committee’s work. Being able to jump into the harbour or play alongside streams with tamariki without fear of personal health risks are some of the simple goals people share.  

    Ultimately, the committee members are people like you. They are parents, workers, friends, residents. They are people that care about the whaitua area, its land and water and people.  

    "Kei te putake o Whaitua te Whanganui a Tara tona mauri mana motuhake... hei oranga mo te katoa i noho ki konei."

    The mauri of Whaitua te Whanganui a Tara and the communities who live within it are nurtured, strengthened and able to flourish.