Rangitaiki River Wetland Restoration Projects:
The Rangitaiki Wetland Restoration Project is a Freshwater Improvement Fund (FIF) initiative jointly funded by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC). The objective of this 5-year project is to improve water quality, restoring high-value wetlands by pest plant and animal control within the Rangitaiki River catchment in order to improve its ecological and recreational values.
Restoration of the wetlands has a direct impact on:
Improved river water quality through the reduction in runoff, including sediment and nutrients, from adjacent farms and forestry.
Indigenous habitat for native fish, wetland birds and other native flora and fauna.
Provision of mahinga kai and cultural resources (harakeke, rongoa and raupo).
‘Future proofing’ the river from changes in land use (forestry and dairy).