ECOLOGIST AND VET
Working with “lighthouse“ (leading) farmers to restore ecosystem health in the eastern Bay of Plenty catchment of Pongakawa, Kaikokupu and Wharere rivers, from the mountains (Mamakus) to the sea Little Waihi Estuary to protect and restore healthy Mahinga Kai, and swimmable waters for future generations.
Why I am interested in Restoring Waterway Health for Future Generations
While I am a vet and a farmer, and love nature. I also love helping farmers fix a problem and restore wellbeing.
I am inspired by leading farmers because they have often thought deeply about the way we have farmed and the ways we can improve.
It’s by working with innovative thinkers, and those motivated for a new way of thinking, that we can bring about change: if you empower the leaders, then others will follow.
I am eternally optimistic that if we can get away from old models of farming, and explore new, diversified systems that are more resilient, profitable and protect and enhance our landscape, then it will create vision for others, and opportunity for whole of catchment healing.
The Little Waihi Estuary is at the base of a 35000 ha catchment of three rivers that have been modified for over 150 years. We know this will take time, but if everyone works together with a common focus of achieving health of land, water, people and protecting mahinga kai for future generations, then collaboratively, health can be restored.
By working with nature, supported by good policies, the goal of achieving a healthy estuary will be achieved, and could lead the way for other NZ catchments to follow, by innovating healing strategies from the Mountains to the Sea.