What are we?

What are we?

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What are we?

The Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa Alliance is a community-led network. It brings many different groups together to increase the health of Wairarapa ecosystems, biodiversity, water and the resilience of its communities and to respond to climate change.

It includes conservation and environmental groups farmers and mana whenua as well as representatives from DOC, the Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wairarapa District Councils.

Our name recognises and includes the whole landscape, whaitua (water systems/catchments) and communities across the whole district. Pūkaha (Mt. Bruce) marks the northern boundary of Wairarapa and Kawakawa (Palliser) the southern.

Our landscape stretches from west to east: ki uta ki tai – from the Tararua Range east to the coast – and is scored by the rivers as they flow to the sea.

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Our Funders

The Alliance is particularly grateful to the Minister of Conservation, Hon Eugenie Sage, and to the Department of Conservation who have provided $200,000 for a year in the first instance to fund this initiative and support its programmes.

Both the Masterton District Council and the South Wairarapa District Council have made project funding available to the Alliance. Greater Wellington Regional Council has indicated that it is prepared to make project funding available as well.

WaiP2K is also grateful for seed-funding from the Department of Conservation and the Greater Wellington Regional Council and Beef + Lamb NZ during its set up phase.