He taihono tangata ki tona awa, ki tona whenua, ki tona ora
Che Wilson, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trustee
Mouri Tūroa is a new initiative designed to improve the health and wellbeing of the Whanganui River and to create nature-based employment opportunities for uri.
Erosion is widespread in the catchment and the high sediment loads have an adverse impact on water quality and freshwater biodiversity.
Mouri Tūroa is funded by the government's Jobs for Nature fund and is a four-year programme of works which aims 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:
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.
The strategic objectives include:
Our unique approach not only creates nature-based employment opportunities for uri, but it also seeks to restore and reclaim tikanga associated with our Taiao, ngāhere and waterways.
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 revitalisation of things such as:
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.
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:
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;
If you want to register your interest, please fill in the Online Expression of Interest form:
Our dedicated project team includes:
If you have any questions about the programme or if you are interested in being involved, please don't hesitate to contact the Mouri Tūroa team here MouriTuroa@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz or on 0800 AWA TUPUA
Mouri Tūroa is available for landowners along the river, including multiply-owned Māori land, Trusts and Incorporations and private lands. For more questions about whether this kaupapa is for you, check out the following FAQ's.
Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of the Whanganui River by protecting the waterways and reducing sediment loads in the Awa.
Landowners and marae who have lands that adjoin the Whanganui River or its tributaries could be eligible for the following support from Mouri Tūroa:
In order to streamline the process, we require all landowners and interested contractors to complete an Expression of Interest form and provide as much detail as possible. You can find it here.
The Mouri Tūroa team will contact you to discuss your application and whether it fits within our scope. This may be followed by a site visit to build the work plan together.
Mouri Tūroa has identified contractors to then carry out the work.
If you have new plans to fence or riparian plant on your whenua along the waterways, we want to hear from you!
This is an opportunity for landowners along the river, including multiply-owned Māori land, Trusts and Incorporations and private lands.
Unfortunately, Mouri Tūroa may not be able to support you to develop projects where works have already begun. Complete the landowner Expression of Interest form to find out if you are eligible.
Mouri Tūroa is legally required to ensure strict health and safety processes are met at all times.
Therefore, only our verified contractors can carry out works under Mouri Tūroa.
This ensures the safety of everyone involved and reduces liability for Mouri Tūroa.
Mouri Tūroa is focused on supporting further development of already established nurseries along the Whanganui River.
It is not within our scope to establish new nurseries on whenua along the Awa.
A key goal for Mouri Tūroa is to build capacity amongst uri and create nature-based employment for those who live up the river.
It is expected that more than 60 jobs will be created over the next four years by this work programme. There will also be opportunities to train and upskill.
We are identifying contractors who will take on employed apprenticeships with rangatahi to build their skills and also gain relevant qualifications such as;
We are focused on supporting reconnection with the Awa through meaningful employment and will prioritise workers who live at place where the work is needed.