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To promote the sustainable development of the Lake Wairewa and Southern Bays catchments, plan, fund, develop and establish facilities which contribute to the social, cultural, environmental or economic wellbeing of residents or visitors to that area'.

Okuti River Project


Ki uta ki tai (source to the sea)

TOP Launch planting 6Set up by a group of local residents the Okuti River project is a Community lead initiative.  This five year project aims to foster guardianship of the Okuti River using three actions.

  • Education and monitoring to sustain he life within the river.
  • Fencing and riparian planting to prevent pollution and restore vegetation that supports the health of the river.
  • Recognising the river as a living entity by developing a form of legal satus for the river that protects the recreational, aesthetic, intrinsic, cultural and biodiversity values for future generations of landowners.TOP Launch planting 3

A well attended Community Planting day was held on Sunday 26 August 2018.  With lunch from 12noon to 1pm and Planting from 1pm to 3pm.   The day was promoted as a “Plant for the Future” Community event with information  on the project from Alison Evans and an introduction from Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner and Ecan councillor Steve Lowndes and Pam Richardson, Banks Peninsula Community Board Chairman

TOP Launch planting 5The area planted in appropriate trees ad shrubs is on Lewthwaites Road with council land opposite the Okuti Valley Hall being planted next season.  The planting of the banks will help land stabilisation and beautify the area for benefit to all.  Contact Alison Evans phone 3251 336 if you would like to be involved in any way with this ongoing Five Year Plan.

Check out the presentation Alison and Marcus made to Ecan The Okuti River Project (2019)

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