Te Mana o Te Wai Tairāwhiti 2017

Te Mana o Te Wai Tairāwhiti – The Freshwater Conference 2017 was a two day symposium held 3-4 May in Uawa (Tolaga Bay) exploring how can we ensure that our freshwater remains the source of life for all things – our waiora – for generations to come. The event brought together 20 leading national and local freshwater researchers with members of the community from across Tairāwhiti.

The event was proudly supported by Te Aitanga a Hauiti Centre of Excellence, Massey University, Hikurangi Enterprises, Eastland Community Trust, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Day 1 (3rd May) involved a series of field trips around the Uawa rohe visiting sites of ecological and cultural significance to discuss historic events and contemporary issues. The day concluded with a keynote address by Professor Dame Anne Salmond and local artist Mark Kōpua.

Day 2 (4th May) featured a series of presentations on the latest research by leading freshwater scientists and researchers from Tairāwhiti and research institutions around the country. Below are videos of their presentations and we will be adding the slide presentations.

Gisborne Freshwater Plan – the planning process, decisions and ongoing implementation Lois Easton, GDC Video Slides
Land use trends and futures in Tairāwhiti: the good, the bad and the ugly Mike Marden, Landcare Research Video Slides
Understanding sediment pathways from slope to channel in steep terrain Dr. Ian Fuller Massey Video Slides
A sediment budget framework to support river management in Tairāwhiti Prof Jon Tunnicliffe, University of Auckland Video Slides
The water of life that flows nourishes whānau aspirations and resilience Sue Anne Albert-Hovell & Hauiti Kohatu, Tolaga Bay Area School Video Slides
The national picture and local implications Prof Nigel French, Massey University Video Slides
Water microbiology Dr Elaine Moriarty, ESR Video Slides
Bioremediation through riparian Planting with Mānuka & Kānuka Dr Maria Gutierres-Gines, ERS Video Slides
Towards Cultural Habitat Assessment Dr Jo Clapcott, Cawthron Institute Video Slides
Utauta mō te tiaki i te ora awa – Tools for protecting river life Dr Russel Death, Massey University Video Slides
Management of logging slash – ecology and risks Dr Brenda Baillie, Scion Slides
Forestry slash implications (PhD project) Gabriel Spreitzer, University of Auckland Video Slides
Citizen Science: Mata, Motu and Taruheru Rivers Murray Palmer Video Slides
Te Awaroa – Voice of the Rivers Dr Daniel Hikuroa Video Slides