Manawatu Estuary Management Plan: 2015-2025


The Manawatu Estuary, at the mouth of the Manawatu River near Foxton, is the largest estuary in the lower North Island of New Zealand, an important site in the lifecycle of many indigenous and migratory bird and fish species, and a significant recreational resource. In recognition of the ecological importance of the site, it was declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in July 2005. This great achievement was possible because of the efforts of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand, supported by the Manawatu Estuary Trust.

In 2006 a Manawatū Estuary Management Team, comprising representatives from the Department of Conservation, Horizons Regional Council, Horowhenua District Council, the Manawatū Estuary Trust, and iwi, was established to coordinate efforts to protect and enhance the site. One of the first tasks for this Team was the preparation of a management plan as recommended by the Ramsar Convention. The first management plan covered a five year period from 2007-2012. A review of the first management plan was commenced in 2012 and a revised plan has been prepared.

The 2015-2025 management plan describes how the project team will work together to build upon the works started under the initial plan, and what new actions will be undertaken. It is hoped this revised plan, with its new direction and objectives, will provide statutory managers and potential funders with the confidence to increase their levels of support and resourcing available for managing the site.

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If you have any questions about the Manawatu Estuary Management Plan please contact Aaron Madden on 0508 800 800 or