6 March 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.

The Manawatu River has often been used by the media to highlight the decline of water quality in New Zealand. Although some of these reports have been misrepresented, water quality in the river has declined over time in a similar way to other rivers in New Zealand .

In early 2010 Horizons Regional Council invited key leaders with a stake in the river’s future to meet and discuss the state of the river. Leaders from iwi across the catchment, local government, industry and environmental representatives. Over the next six months they debated the issues from contrasting perspectives with a view of reaching an agreed solution.  In August 2010 the Leaders’ Forum signed an Accord pledging to work together to improve the health of the Manawatu River.

The Accord sets out a focus, goals, and vision for the Manawatu River and, most importantly, commits the leaders to a path of action. In June 2011 we launched our Action Plan to the community and the clean-up was underway.

Part of that Action Plan was a commitment to keep the public informed of our progress. This website is part of that and we hope you continue to visit the site.  We’ll be adding stories of the projects undertaken, publishing progress reports and, in time, demonstrating the improvements we’re making in the river’s quality.