Call for Rahui to protect the community

PRESS STATEMENT: Kāpiti Iwi implement a rāhui to protect the community following flash flooding:

Date: 8 December, 2021

Iwi Pou Tiaki from Waikanae ki Uta ki Tai have requested that a rāhui – a traditional iwi practice that places a restorative restriction for access upon an area – be placed upon the entire Waikanae awa system and foreshore area, for at least the next five days, while the Waikanae water system is monitored for potential pollution, sediment and silt damage from the recent flash floods.

The rāhui will include no swimming, recreational fishing or taking water from the wider river system and seashore until the rāhui is lifted. This date is yet to be determined based on technical advice from our WKUKT partners.

Waikanae ki Uta ki Tai is a Tiriti partnership project between local mana whenua, Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, government agencies KCDC, DOC and GWRC, community members and other stakeholders.

For further information please contact:.

Dr. Mahina-a-rangi Baker
Pou Takawaenga Taiao
Environmental Manager
Waea mai: 022 698 1267
Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust

Pictured: Ngā pou o Waikanae ki Uta ki Tai, Les Mullen, Sharlene Maoate-Davis, Bill Carter, Rawhiti Higgott

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