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Our Living Land

Land Management

From geology and vegetation to land use and the meandering paths of our waterways, Te Hoiere catchment has evolved over time. Today, Te Hoiere Project seeks to understand the relationships that shape these changes, now and into the future, by bringing together science, mātauranga Māori, and local knowledge.

Each of the catchment actions in Te Hoiere Project are led by a project partner, the community or both. The land management objectives of the Project are complex, with the Environmental Science Team at Marlborough District Council leading much of this work alongside the community, external science providers, and other project partners.

The Project’s Integrated Catchment Enhancement Plan, developed in 2020-21 through a process of ‘planning by the community for the community’, identifies a need to better understand the catchment and land management actions relating to sediment and erosion. In turn these actions would lead to improvements in natural ecosystems while lifting economic and community well-being.

In response, work is being carried out to:

  • Assess river geomorphology and dynamics to increase knowledge of the physical landforms and processes to support decision-making (Complete)
  • Map erosion vulnerability within the catchment (Underway)
  • Develop a riverbank erosion plan, collaboratively identifying ‘hotspots (Underway)

This work supports the community aspiration that landscapes are preserved, with pristine and rugged upper catchments as well as rural catchments with a patchwork of protected areas and productive land. The result is a diversity of landscapes, while the community enjoys a flourishing natural environment.

The Project’s land management research and planning actions help with everyone’s understanding of the catchment’s land processes in a way that’s collaborative and practical. The scientists partner with the community, external researchers and experts on these larger research studies, such as Auckland University.

River Geomorphology

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