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Restoring the Waimata River

THE NEXT steps in restoring the Waimata River will be discussed at a meeting next Tuesday (July 13).

It will be in the Rose Room at the Lawson Field Theatre at 5.30pm.

More than 100 people attended the meeting in May to hear about and discuss their issues, concerns and vision for the future of the Waimata River.

“To date, restoration work has focused on the upper catchment and the great work being done by the farming community,” says Shanna Cairns, Waimata Catchment Group deputy chairperson and lower catchment resident.

“It is exciting to see the enthusiasm and desire for change from the wider community.”

The May meeting was hosted by the Voice of the River research team, which includes New Zealander of the Year Dr Siouxsie Wiles.

A large amount of information and ideas were collected.

“This meeting will review the information and identify the next steps for the river restoration and discuss the overall vision for the river,” says project manager and catchment resident Laura Savage.

“There are a lot of people who love and care for the Waimata River and want to see it restored.”

To find out more about the Waimata Catchment Restoration Project check out the group's Facebook page at tinyurl.com/yz8sc2uv

Waimata River