Members of the Manawatu River Leaders’ Forum shared their story of collaboration with other delegates at the 2015 International River Symposium’s Gala Dinner in Brisbane last night.
The River Accord was one of four finalists in the inaugural Morgan Foundation Riverprize Award and, although it did not take the title, it was recognised by judges as a project that “demonstrated the best that New Zealand has to offer in integrated basin management”.
The Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord is one of four finalists under consideration for the inaugural Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize Award.
Other finalists include the Aorere River (Tasman), Lake Taupo (Waikato) and Project Twin Streams (Waitakere) and all four have been described by Gayle Wood, Chair of the New Zealand Riverprize Judging Panel and former winner of the Thiess International Riverprize as “exceptional”.
Around 40 members of the Manawatū River Leaders’ Forum discussed next steps in the river’s clean-up at a meeting in Palmerston North on Friday 12 June.
The discussion was informed by a statement on state, trends and recommendations prepared by a science and matauranga Maori panel in March. This panel comprised representatives from Massey University, Horizons Regional Council, Landcare Research, NIWA, Land Water People, DOC, Cawthron Institute, Fish & Game, Dairy NZ and Rangitaane o Manawatū .
There's been a quiet transformation taking place along the river's edge in Palmerston North. As stop banks have been improved, so too has the walkway, signage and access; opening the door for cyclists, walkers and joggers to enjoy the river's beauty.