River Accord community project applications now open

11 Sep 2017

Applications for the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord community grants programme opened today.

The grants aim to assist non-profit organisations such as community groups, schools, catchment care groups and iwi/hapu with projects that will help increase engagement with Manawatū waterways and improve water quality in the catchment.

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River Accord to receive central government funding for freshwater improvement

8 Aug 2017

The Manawatū River Leaders’ Forum has successfully secured $2.92 million from central government under the Freshwater Improvement Fund.  This will contribute to works totalling $7.24 million over five years.


International and home grown experts in town for wastewater forum

18 Apr 2017

Palmerston North City Council are hosting a free Wastewater Forum on 21 April featuring international and home grown experts, and the public are invited to attend.

River Accord community project applications open

26 Jan 2017

Applications for the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord community grants programme are now open.


Tū Te Manawa to connect iwi with the Manawatū River

21 Oct 2016

Tū Te Manawa, a project to enhance iwi and hapū involvement in the Manawatū River and its catchment, celebrated a $534,000 Te Mana o Te Wai grant  today at Te Manawa Art, Science, and History Museum today. Since the initiation of the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord, iwi leaders from the Manawatū have actively supported the improvement of the Manawatū River.

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Iwi-led project restoring mana to Manawatū River

5 Sep 2017

A "ground-breaking" iwi-led project is bringing life back to the Manawatu River. 

Shannon's Poutu Pa Marae was buzzing with whanau at the weekend as iwi worked to restore native plants back to the banks of the river.



Reflections from the river's edge

30 Jul 2012

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.

Celebrating the positives

11 Apr 2012

Things are certainly looking up for the Manawatu River with the Prime Minister’s recent announcement of $5.2million of government funding to go towards cleaning up the river.


6 Mar 2012

Welcome to our new website! This site was designed to keep the community informed about the Manawatu River and the work that’s being carried out to improve the ecosystem, water quality and ultimately your enjoyment and use of the river itself.