Whakapoukōrero Restoration and Generational Responsibility

Jul 6, 2022 | Climate Change, Media

Whakapoukōrero is a site of significance for Te Arawa and with it comes a generational responsibility to have this wetland restored.

The Maketū wetland is a long-term initiative Te Arawa Lakes Trust takes seriously and Poutiaki Taiao Sarah Wharekura says she is proud to be part of this systematic change.

Wharekura says, “Our Te Arawa Dairy Farm backs onto Whakapoukōrero which drains directly into Maketū estuary and it is crucial that any run-off is filtered to make sure any water entering is as clean as possible.”

Earlier this month Te Arawa Lakes Trust set a day for staff to help contribute to the planting of 20,000 native trees.

“We filter this run-off by planting native wetland species which removes nutrients and trap sediment, making the water running off the farm cleaner and less likely to cause issues like algal blooms.”

Te Arawa Lakes Trust began this project last year with our restoration crew planting an initial 8000 plants.

This year that number is expected to reach more than 20,000.

For please watch Whakapoukōrero Restoration