Living Waters has initiated landowner engagement with an open day at Marty Robinson’s property, Kerikeri Organic, on Wairoa Stream. Marty was the first landowner to respond to 30 letters sent to landowners by Living Waters contractor Louise Wilson inviting them to utilise support offered by Living Waters. Situated at the headwaters of the Wairoa Stream, Kerikeri Organic is the perfect place to start a riparian restoration project.

Marty is keen to continue riparian restoration (fencing and planting) on his property and was willing to host an open day to discuss and promote the benefits of riparian restoration to his neighbours. Invitations were sent to 20 Wairoa Stream residents.

Three neighbours attended. They were welcomed by Living Waters chairperson Ruth Marsh. Louise Wilson and Marty introduced the importance of sustainable land management for environmental, social and economic reasons. Bruce Griffin of NRC discussed water quality monitoring, and Garth Richards, representing the oyster farming industry, talked of the impact of degrading water quality on aquaculture.

Discussion was lively and attendees had some great ideas about how to engage more landowners. Living Waters will continue to approach and offer support to landowners within the Kerikeri/Waipapa area. We are grateful to Marty for hosting us so close to the busy festive season. If you have any comments or questions about riparian restoration, water quality, or the work of Living Waters please contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thank you.

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