Radio NZ - Farmers, schools and hapū join forces to save Kaipara Harbour

Radio NZ - Farmers, schools and hapū join forces to save Kaipara Harbour

Hapū, farmers and school children have joined forces in Northland this winter to plant 20,000 native trees beside rivers that flow down to the Kaipara Harbour.

The project is part of a larger campaign to stop silt build-up on the seabed, and reverse the damage caused over the years by deforestation and the failure until recently to fence off cattle from waterways.

The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group, made up of councils, landowners, Crown agencies such as NIWA and iwi, has been working for a decade to protect the harbour, which drains half of Northland.

Its chairman, Willie Wright of Te Uri o Hau, said two million trees had been planted in the massive catchment, stretching from Hokianga to Whangarei down to the Waitakere Ranges.

But the picture is still not a rosy one.

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Farmer: Govt unwilling to show state of NZ water - Newsroom

Farmer: Govt unwilling to show state of NZ water - Newsroom

The creator of an inexpensive floating water monitor suspects the Government is unwilling to fund a device that would show how bad our water is. Lynn Grieveson reports.

Regional councils are eyeing up an experimental floating water monitor that would enable them to "stake out" rivers and pinpoint polluters -  but only if the developers can raise enough through donations for beta testing and commercial release.

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