Monitoring background and interpretation
Auckland Council’s State of the Environment (SoE) monitoring programme has been building a record of Auckland’s environment for more than 25 years. This information is critical to the effective management of Auckland’s natural environment, after all, you
can’t manage what you don’t monitor.
The monitoring programme shows there is a strong relationship between the health of rivers and the type of land cover in the surrounding catchment. Rivers that drain through forested catchments (particularly native forests) typically have excellent water quality and ecology, while rivers that drain from urban catchments typically have poor water quality and ecology.
The health of Maungakiekie-Tāmaki’s rivers is considered to be impaired. Urban development has led to a high level of impervious surface in the area, which prevents rainfall from soaking into the ground. This has follow-on effects for rivers in the area leading to high water temperatures, changes to the natural flow patterns and increased pollution from contaminated stormwater.
Wai Care Maungakiekie-Tamaki
Wai Care is a water quality education, monitoring and action programme managed by Auckland Council, for schools and community groups in the Auckland region.
The programme aims to educate people about freshwater issues and encourage and facilitate action in the local community, from water quality monitoring to streamside planting and litter clean-ups.
The following table shows achievements of the Wai Care Programme in Maungakiekie-Tāmaki during the 2013/2014 financial year.
Wai Care Central team was involved in the Ko Au Te Awa, I am the River (KATA) initiative at Omaru River in Glen Innes during 2013/2014. The project focuses on raising awareness of the degraded state of the River, as well as creating a spiritual connection and sense of belonging, and building respect for the awa (river). By restoring the river we will restore our relationships with each other and our environment.
The key partners in the project are Auckland Council, Mad Ave Studios, Maungakiekie –Tāmaki Local Board and Youth Panel, ROOTS, and Enviro Schools.
After running four successful community events in July 2013 to raise the profile of the project, the Wai Care team submitted an entry into the Auckland Council Consultation and Engagement Awards 2013 and received an award under the “Empower” category.
For more information on Wai Care, or to view site data for your area, go to www.waicare.org.nz or call 09 301 0101 and ask for Wai Care.