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 .
Ten community-led projects will receive funding from the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord as part of an annual grants programme to restore pride and mana in the Manawatū River and catchment.
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.