Waima Waitai Waiora Project

We are proud to be one of the partners working in collaboration on the Waimā, Waitai, Waiora project. This project aims to improve water quality and restore the mauri of the Northern Wairoa River, its tributaries and ultimately the Kaipara Moana.

Project Goals

The main goal of the project is to reduce sediment and bacteria levels in the Northern Wairoa catchment. The Wairoa River is Northland's longest river and is situated in the headwaters of the Kaipara catchment. As the Wairoa and it’s tributaries are a significant source of sediment within the Kaipara Moana, it is important we control this sediment at its source.  The Wairoa River is the biggest contributor of sediment to the Kaipara Harbour.



Collaboration is core to the success of the project, and we are working alongside various partners to utilise our different experiences and knowledge. Our collaboration is underpinned by our unique Mana Enhancing Agreement (MEA) which places the principle of mana at the centre of our relationship. Our partners include:


Together we were successful in receiving funding from the Ministry for the Environment’s Freshwater Improvement Fund to support our project. Through implementation of the project we are working alongside landowners and mana whenua to adopt sustainable land management practices informed by mātauranga Māori and Western science.

Wairoa river
Northern Wairoa River
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