Members of the Manawatū River Leaders’ Forum met in Palmerston North late last week to discuss actions for a revised plan to improve the Manawatū River and catchment.
Over 40 members attended the meeting, representing a range of council, Iwi/hapū, industry, agricultural, environmental and recreational groups.
The Mangapapa Stream near Woodville in the Horizons Region has been recognised as the second most improved waterway for dissolved inorganic nitrogen at this year’s New Zealand River Awards.
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”.
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.