The Maraetōtara River Restoration Project

The Maraetōtara River restoration project since 2002, is probably the longest-running project of its type in Aotearoa.  And possibly the only whole river project.

Springing from hill country east of Hastings, the 43 kms Maraetōtara River flows into Hawke Bay at Te Awanga.  The river exits to the Pacific Ocean near a surf break at 2,300,000 litres per hour.

The trust partnering successfully with the regional council, landowners, sponsors, donors, and the wider community, planting riverside every year for 19 years; has around half of 86 kms Maraetōtara River both sides permanently fenced and successfully revegetated with over 150,000 native trees and shrubs – all plants and planting is funded by the volunteers’ led charity MTT.

The Maraetōtara River project aims are river environs rejuvenation including a birds’ and other fauna corridor, a connector to Te Mata Peak, the Cape Sanctuary, other rivers, and the urban areas of Te Awanga, Haumoana, Hastings and Napier.

Increased biodiversity and cleaner river water, Maraetōtara Valley landscape and community recreation values are part of the 100-1,000 years vision of Maraetōtara Tree Trust, its partners and volunteer community, its sponsors and donors.  Turley & Co was the project’s original permanent sponsor in 2006.

Maraetōtara Tree Trust was in 2019 the Hastings Landscapes Trust biannual supreme award winner receiving the Jeremy Dwyer trophy.

Maraetōtara River restoration drone video clip 1 min 11 sec.

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