Nga Kaiawhina Our Partners

Tāngata whenua, farmers, community organisations, NGOs, local government, and government agencies share a stewardship and kaitiaki responsibility to restore the unique nature of the Kaipara Moana catchment from the upper Wairua to the Kaipara Moana.

The project is a collaborative effort that draws on the experience and knowledge of the project partners involved, including Ngā Kaitiaki o Ngā Wai Māori, Te Roroa, Kaipara Uri, Ngā Maunga Whakahii O Kaipara Development Trust, Te Uri o Hau, Reconnecting Northland, DOC and Fonterra Living Water Partnership, Northland Regional Council, and the Sustainable Business Network’s 'Million Metres Streams Project'.

Our Mission

The health of our water is rapidly decreasing. If we don’t act now, future generations will wonder why we didn’t do something sooner.

We want our whānau and future generations to be proud of the decisions we are making now. Nobody wants our rivers, streams, or harbour to be polluted. We all care about the same things. Together, we can make the changes needed to restore the mauri of our waters and ensure a healthy future for the next generation.

We’re here to help.

Our focus is on ensuring everyone has access to the tools needed to ensure our land and waterways are sustainable. We are guided by mātauranga Māori and Western science. Our work is informed by experience and our relationships with the water, the land, and the local people, including hapū and iwi.

Our Values


Tātou katoa

We all have something to contribute. Our kaupapa is about working together, ensuring nobody is left out.


Whakaaro ā mua

This initiative is about ensuring the wellbeing of the future generations that will depend on the Kaipara Moana and its catchments. It’s about taking action today so there’s a healthy tomorrow for all of us.

Being real

Kia pono

We nurture honest conversations about the important things. We understand being transparent is a key requirement for building trust. We strive to always be real about our kaupapa and the work we do. Our collective is based on a Mana Enhancing Agreement that underpins our relationships and the way we work with each other, as Māori and non-Māori.

Māori perspectives

Mātauranga me tikanga Māori

We acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of this land. We embrace mātauranga Māori and are guided by tikanga Māori in all we do.