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THE WAIKATO RIVER

THE MIGHTY WAIKATO

PROTECTING THE RIVER FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

The Waikato 100 is committed to working towards promoting and generating discussion around healthy water ways and raising awareness of initiatives that we can under take to minimise our impact on the Waikato region's rivers.

We are proud and thankful to be working with like-minded organisations who are also committed to our mission. They are doing plenty of good mahi to make sure we protect our taonga for future generations.

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The Vision is Clear: Let’s Improve our Waterways is a movement that shares how Kiwis - rural and urban - value the water and inspires them to join a nationwide movement where every New Zealander is looking at the actions they can take to improve our rivers, streams, lakes and beaches.

 

The Waikato 100 is stoked to be working alongside The Vision is Clear to highlight the measures we can take to minimise our impact on the Waikato river.

 

See stories, videos and information at www.thevisionisclear.co.nz

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Waikato RiverCare is all about empowering communities across the Waikato Region who want to make a difference to ‘their back yard’ by providing the knowledge and advice to give a planting project a go.

Waikato RiverCare helps join the dots between communities, landowners, iwi and stake holders to develop planting projects, find project funders and deliver restoration initiatives that provide long-term benefits for our waterway environments and those that enjoy them.

Find our more information at www.waikatorivercare.co.nz

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Federated Farmers of New Zealand have been part of the heart of farming for nearly 120 years. We have been involved with discussions around water from the onset; as we represent and advocate for our members who engage in a broad range of land use activities in the region. We have submitted on the Healthy Rivers Plan Change 1, and want to ensure that solutions are practicable, sensible, easily implementable and will provide the best solution(s) environmentally, economically and socially for all of our communities.

We work alongside district and regional councils as well as other industry representatives and employ the largest policy team outside of government. Their work includes a focus to lower or justify rates, reduce compliance costs and prevent proposed regulations that will create extra costs and unfair outcomes for agribusiness. We understand how vital water is, as it is the lifeblood of our rural communities and must be valued and taken care of for future generations.

Find our more information at www.fedfarm.org.nz

THE WAIKATO RIVER AND ITS CATCHMENT

The Waikato River and its region has been populated for at least the past 700 to 800 years. The river provided physical and spiritual sustenance for large populations of Maaori living along its catchment. Throughout that time it was a source of food, including eels, fish and plants. It was also an important waka route. A well-known saying about the Waikato River uses taniwha as a metaphor for chiefs: ‘Waikato taniwha rau, he piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha’ (Waikato of a hundred TANIWHA, on every bend a taniwha). This saying attributes the power and prestige of the Waikato tribes to that of the river.

“The River belongs to us just as we belong to the River. The Waikato tribe and the River are inseparable. It is a gift left to us by our ancestors and we believe we have a duty to protect that gift for future generations.”                                    Robert Te Kotahi Mahuta 1975

WORDS ABOVE PROVIDED BY WAIKATO RIVER AUTHORITY

 

The River still remains an important asset in the Waikato region. It is the birthing ground of a range of NZ representative athletes  and is used by the community for sporting and cultural events alike. Running through a number of main centres in the Waikato, Cambridge Hamilton, Ngaruawahia and Huntly, the Waikato River is the life-force coursing through the region. It is up to us to protect and preserve this taonga for our future generations.

OUR RIVER, OUR TAONGA

THE RIVER'S IMPORTANCE TO THE WAIKATO REGION