Manawatu River Leaders' Accord

In August 2010 the members of the Manawatu River Leaders' Forum signed an Accord to take action to improve the state of the Manawatu River. The Accord set out focus, vision, and goals for the River.

The Vision

Kei te ora te wai, kei te ora te whenua, kei te ora te tangata.
If the water is healthy, the land and the people are nourished.

The Goals

Our goal is to improve the Manawatu River, the mauri (life force) of the Manawatu River Catchment, such that it sustains fish species, and is suitable for contact recreation, in balance with the social, cultural and economic activities of the catchment community. 

This goal represents a community opportunity to develop leadership in catchment improvement and capture the social and economic benefits of such leadership.

Specific goals set out in the Accord are:

  • The Manawatu River becomes a source of regional pride and mana.
  • Waterways in the Manawatu Catchment are safe, accessible, swimmable, and provide good recreation and food resources. 
  • The Manawatu Catchment and waterways are returned to a healthy condition.
  • Sustainable use of the land and water resources of the Manawatu Catchment continues to underpin the economic prosperity of the Region.

The Action Plan

In June 2011 the Manawatu River Leaders' Forum launched their action plan which details the steps that will be taken to clean up the river. 

The plan has been developed by forum members following the signing of an accord to clean-up the river in August 2010 and identifies six key areas that need to be addressed for the river to improve.

Sediment; nutrients and bacteria from point source discharges; nutrients and pathogens from agricultural run-off; physical changes from flood control work; protection of native fish and birds; and management of water allocation are the river’s main problems.

The six key priorities are backed up by over 130 specific actions to be taken by various members of the forum and will be added to over time.

Read more about the Manawatu River Leaders' Accord Action Plan here.