Fresh Water Monitoring Skills Developed

Fresh Water Monitoring Skills Developed

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The Raukawa Kaitiaki Rōpū (RKR) held its first wānanga of the new year on Saturday 13 January at Mangakaretu Marae. This was the first in a series of wānanga funded by the Waikato River Authority to support and grow the confidence, knowledge and skill of Raukawa iwi members in their role as freshwater kaitiaki.

 

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The wānanga focused on environmental monitoring using the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Stream Health Monitoring Assessment Kits to establish a baseline that will allow iwi members to undertake ongoing water monitoring for themselves. NIWA staff provided hands-on training with the kits including a practical session at the Pōkaiwhenua Stream.

 

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The wānanga was attended by over 30 iwi members representing 11 of the 16 Raukawa Settlement Trust marae.

 

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The day was a great success with neighbouring marae looking to collaborate with each other to monitor and protect shared streams that run past their marae.

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