Catchment Community Groups

Catchment Community Groups

Catchment Community Groups

Are you part of a rural community and interested in working together to improve your environment for future generations?

Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa (WaiP2K) is able to support rural communities to achieve their goals through the establishment of Catchment Community Groups with funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries.

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What is a Catchment Community Group?

A catchment community group is led by landowners and farmers taking action to achieve a long-term vision for the catchment, based on a healthy environment and a thriving community.

The catchment is an identified geographical area that has a point of common interest such as a river, a stretch of road, a community hall or a school.

Each community catchment group decides how it operates and what actions it takes and is led by local community members.

What support is available?

Assistance for Catchment Community Groups is available from a number of agencies, including Greater Wellington Regional Council, Beef + Lamb NZ and DairyNZ. Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa provides additional support and work together with these agencies and you.

Support includes:


Group establishment and planning for your catchment

  • A group ‘Start up’ fund of up to $500 per group to use on items such as hall hire, speaker fees, koha and other meeting expenses
  • Some financial support for a group coordinator
  • Facilitated workshops to learn more about catchment community groups. Why do you want to form a group? What is your shared vision? These workshops will give you an opportunity to work towards developing an action plan for your catchment.
  • Finding out more about the state of the water quality of the catchment to create a baseline for the catchment
  • Stocktake of animal pests in the catchment to put the right controls in place
  • Access to experts to help you plan actions for your catchment

Ongoing support and networking

  • A regional coordinator as a first point of contact for your group
  • Networking events and workshops to learn from others

How to get started

If you want to know more about the support available for your group, or you want to start a catchment community group in your area, get in touch with our Regional Coordinator:

Te Rangikaiwhiria Reiri:

Steering Group

A Catchment Communities Steering Group made up of representatives from iwi, the farming community and agencies, has developed a work plan in consultation with the Wairarapa Catchment Community Groups. The Steering Group will be responsible for monitoring the implementation of the plan.

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Who is the Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa Alliance?

The Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa (WaiP2K) Alliance is a collaborative network of Wairarapa organisations and communities, working together to support, sustain and grow community-led environmental restoration in the Wairarapa.

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