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Community-led waterway clean up coming to Wellington and Hutt Valley

A community-led project to clean up rivers and waterways will start in the Wellington and the Hutt Valley early next year.

Greater Wellington Regional Council chairman Chris Laidlaw said the project, which is already running in Porirua and Ruamahanga, is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Whaituas are based around the five catchment areas of the Wairarapa, Rumahanga, Kapiti Coast, Te Awarua o Porirua, and the Wellington Harbour and Hutt Valley.  A whaitua means designated space in te reo and the five catchment committees will blend Maori principles with scientific technologies to manage water resources of the region.

The Wellington-Hutt whaitua does not have an exact start date, but will be formed in early 2017.

Island Bay and Owhiro Bay received D grades in the report which meant people had a greater than 10 per cent chance of becoming ill from swimming there.  The region's other D-graded swimming spots were in Porirua, Plimmerton Beach and Titahi Bay, and lower reaches of the Hutt River and Wainuiomata River.

The next meeting of the Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua will be held Thursday, October 6, Tawa Community Centre, 5pm to 9pm. All welcome.

Source - Stuff

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