Highlights from around the country
- Schools and communities from regions throughout the country have increased knowledge and understanding of freshwater environments & catchment restoration/management.
- Canterbury are undertaking their 'Mudfish in Schools' programme and continue their very successful interactive classroom approach to stream investigations!
- Marlborough South have reached a level where they can sustain the WBC programme locally through working collaboratively with DOC and MDC.
- Northland have kept the mauri of WBC alive and wriggling thorugh developing national resources and hosting MTSCT's annual national marine and freshwater wananga in Rawhiti.
- Gisborne have ventured into a range of new and innovative projects that will be documented on the new WBC website with photos. These include mapping the ecology of all the waterways in the Gisborne region - in partnership with schools and community groups - and developing relative restoration plans with students, whanau and the Gisborne DC and Wairoa DC in possibly a more homogenous way than in the past.
- DOC’s profile in the community has increased and our partnership remains strong despite recent DOC budget cuts and restructuring.
- Schools and communities have increased knowledge & understanding of and support for freshwater conservation/preservation and catchment restoration.
- Website and Facebook – maintenance continues and traffic increases - over 5000 visits per month and over 100 'likes' on our Facebook page.
Future Directions and Summary
✔ The MTSCT is committed to supporting the national delivery of the WBC, with Kim Jones as the national coordinator. The trust is actively researching alternative funding sources to help boost the national funding for this programme.
✔ Priority areas include our existing areas; Nth Canterbury, Northland, West Coast, Marlborough South, Wellington and Gisborne. Communications have also begun with Taranaki and Waikato.
✔ The technical manual has been receiving a review and rewrite and will be launched at our 2014 national wananga in Wellington.
✔ MTSCT will continue our partnership with DOC in the national delivery of the WBC programme, based on the success and benefits to both the environment, the community, the WBC programme and the Department of Conservation.
✔ MTSCT aims to continue the spread of the WBC programme throughout New Zealand and are committed to the development of the programme and its resources, including improving website presence, national communication and evaluation, collecting data, facilitating Inanga Spawning site restoration/protection, collaborative partnerships, WBC national Hui, and the provision of a strong community engagement model to other coordinators.