Mouri Tūroa

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Mouri Tūroa is a new initiative that not only creates jobs for uri in our Taiao but that seeks to restore traditional cultural practices around our Taiao and waterways.

Mouri Tūroa
He taihono tangata ki tona awa, ki tona whenua, ki tona ora

Che Wilson, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trustee

Mouri Tūroa Programme

Mouri Tūroa is a new initiative designed to create nature-based employment opportunities for uri, and restore and reclaim tikanga associated with the ngahere, traditional Kai, customary fishery and Wai Māori. 

In this respect, we seek to create a strategic approach to the activities that meet ecological needs but also restores traditional practices and builds capability across our tribal estate.

The approach includes a number of interdependent initiatives being progressed in parallel over the period of this project. The strategic objectives include:

  • building knowledge and skills amongst uri.
  • providing exposure to traditional practices in relation to land management, river health and well-being.
  • increasing insight and experience in biodiversity within hapu and across Te Awa Tupua.
  • providing whanau and hapu led solutions.

Regenerating our Awa and Taiao

Erosion is widespread in the catchment and the high sediment loads have an adverse impact on water quality and the freshwater biodiversity.

Mouri Tūroa is designed to mitigate soil erosion, improve water quality, and enhance biodiversity within the Whanganui River catchment.  

To address these impacts, the programme of activity will consist of five broad workstreams:

  • Waterway protection through fencing, native planting, and maintenance
  • Freshwater fish bio-diversity habitat restoration
  • Animal and plant pest control to protect plantings
  • Eco-sourced native tree nurseries
  • Job creation and community engagement

A key aspect of the project is connecting whānau and hapū to Te Awa Tupua and the whenua through employment, utilising a workforce that is found at place in the communities where work is to be undertaken.

Reclaiming our tikanga practices

This framework encompasses all the values of Tupua Te Kawa and it will see the bridging of knowledge and practice across the breadth of Te Awa Tupua to support the restoration, revitalisation and rebuilding of things such as:

  • rongoa Maori, water quality, land management practices;
  • reclamation of heritage food and customary practice in food production and preparation; and
  • protection of nga taonga tuku iho, our knowledge, practices and beliefs and protection of the lands and plantings from predators.
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Current Opportunities

Landowners Expressions of Interest

Ngā Tāngata Tiaki is seeking expressions from landowners, hapū and marae who live alongside the Whanganui River or its tributaries where their lands bordering these waterways require fencing, riparian planting, weed and pest control.  

If your lands require support in these things and you would like to work alongside Ngā Tāngata Tiaki to improve the health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua please fill in the  Online Expression of Interest form here to submit your interest. 


Contractors Expressions of Interest

Ngā Tāngata Tiaki is seeking expressions from contractors who live and work within our Whanganui River catchment. The Contractors need to be committed to creating employment opportunities and building the knowledge and skills of those employed.

Ngā Tāngata Tiaki is calling for expressions of interests from contractors who can support us to complete this ambitious four-year programme that includes;

  • Fencing 290 kilometres of the waterways
  • Riparian planting of over 600,000 plants
  • Pest and weed control; and
  • Developing place-based nurseries that can eventually support the riparian planting and other ambitions of whānau and hapū.

If you are interested in registering your interest, please fill in the Online Expression of Interest form here to submit your interest. 

The Whanganui River Catchment

The Whanganui River is the longest navigable river in Aotearoa at 290 km, covering a catchment of 7,380 km².

The iwi within the catchment include Whanganui Iwi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rereahu, Ngāti Maru, Ngā Rauru Kītahi, Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa and Ngāti Ruanui.

Get in touch with us

Born and raised in rural Raetihi, Gordon Cribb (Ngati Ruru, Ngati Hinekura and Ngati Uenuku) knew the rural manga-iti and manga-nui like the back of his hand growing up.

After working internationally for the past decade, Gordon has returned to Whanganui and taken on the role of Programme Manager for Mouri Tūroa. 

If you have any questions about the programme or if you are interested in being involved, please don't hesitate to contact Gordon on 

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Meet Gordon Cribb

“Mouri Tūroa is a good initiative to get our people engaged on their whenua, and it will require collaboration, leadership, and a collective hapū and iwi approach.”

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