As part of Ngāti Rangi’s relationship with Genesis Energy, over the coming months the Kairangahau Taiao team are completing a series of cultural assessments to assist with finding the ideal flow levels for the Wahianoa and Makahikatoa awa. As part of this study the condition of the riverbed, water, vegetation and abundance of kai is being monitored at three sites during 11 pre-scheduled visits this coming spring and summer.
In order to complete this project, the Taiao team are looking for 12 locally-based uri to help conduct the Cultural Health Surveys. Once completed, the statistics will be used to determine the ideal cultural flow levels on the Wahianoa and Makahikatoa which will in turn help iwi negotiate the agreed minimum limits required when returning water to the awa.
Holly and Dave are coordinating the 11 scheduled visits (including transport) and all that's required of assessment monitors is time and an understanding of the cultural significance of our awa. Currently the Survey's are planned to be conducted on Wednesdays of the proposed 11-week schedule (see below) however it will be weather dependant.
Monitoring Schedule - 2015: 30 Sept, 7 & 29 Oct, 11, 18 & 25 Nov 2016: 20 Jan, 18 & 25 Feb, 2, 9 & 16 March, 6 April and 4 & 20 May.
To ensure consistency and success of this study, cultural monitors must be able to make all 11 site visits so if you are able to help and can make this commitment to help, please contact the Ngāti Rangi office. For more information call: Holly Molesworth on 06 385 950/ 027 206 8244 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: We understand that unforeseen circumstances do occur and will do our best to work around any such event.