Te Hoiere/Pelorus Restoration Project (Te Hoiere Project) proposes to address land use derived issues and wider conservation goals in a holistic and collaborative manner under the auspices of the Kotahitanga Mō Te Taiao Alliance. This alliance is formed by all the Councils, five of the eight Iwi in the top of the South Island and the Department of Conservation.
The project focus is on landscape-scale conservation projects that have environmental, social, economic, and cultural benefits.
Te Hoiere Vision – what the future looks like?
The extraordinary natural heritage of Te Hoiere is flourishing, with large areas restored, including where people live. Ngā taonga are managed and protected through partnerships – kotahitanga. People live, care for, and benefit from the environment in ways that bolster terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and coastal ecology and the communities that live within them.
Te Hoiere Mission – how will we get there?
We will work together to create a connected and aligned catchment landscape (ki uta ki tai) that understands, protects, enhances, and future proofs our values, where healthy communities enrich nature, and healthy nature enriches its communities.
Te Hoiere Project will occur in two phases. The first phase, starting in 2020, focuses on the terrestrial and freshwater environments of Te Hoiere and Kaituna River Catchments, including the township of Havelock and the Motuweka/Havelock Estuary (out to Te poho-a-kuia/Cullen Point); with the addition of Cullen Creek (in Linkwater).
The second phase, starting in 2022, encompasses the wider Te Hoiere/ Pelorus Sound from Te poho-a-kuia /Cullen Point to Te Nukuwaiata and Te Kakaho/Chetwode Islands.
We are in the initial stages of scoping this new project, talking with a wide range of potential partners and stakeholders.
We want to hear from you!
Our next step is to talk to all stakeholders about their priorities for the restoration and future management of the catchment.