29 Aug 2014

Calls for help to clean Kaipara Moana

8:00 pm on 29 August 2014

An environmental group that is working to revitalise Kaipara Moana in Northland wants people to take part in a hui looking at strategies to preserve it.

The Kaipara Harbour estuary

The Kaipara Harbour estuary. Photo: Photo NZ

The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group, which is led by the Kaipara hapu, said scallop beds and seagrass in the harbour are badly depleted.

Group chairperson William Wright said environmental issues would be discussed at Te Oa Marama Maori Cultural Centre in Te Hana on November the 15th and 16th.

Mr Wright said the theme is ''looking back, thinking forward'' with the aim of bringing scientists, government, and the community together to learn about the harbour and its management.

He said parts of the environment have been badly affected from high rates of sedimentation, phosphorus, nitrogen and E.coli bacteria.

William Wright said people want to ensure that the harbour is cleaned up so it is a better place in future and for their mokopuna.