How healthy is our Awa?

Feb. 11, 2022, 7:42 p.m.

When looking for signs of awa health, you may search for obvious indicators such as pollution, erosion or litter, yet a closer look could see our tiny indigenous insects (Macro Invertebrates) are wearing the effects. 

DOC runs the national Ngā Awa Restoration Programme focusing on a range of 14 priority awa across Aotearoa - 3 in Doubtless Bay and is an extension of DOC’s existing work to halt the decline of our river biodiversity. 

Ngā Awa’s wide range of awa cleaning tactics have been implemented yet the most common has proven to be the ‘NIWA SHMAK Kit’. The NIWA Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment Kit, known as SHMAK, is a tool that enables community groups, schools, iwi and anyone interested to monitor the condition of their local stream or river.

Maddy Jopling and Tayla Bamber (River Restoration Rangers - DOC) have been involved in the mahi for less than a year now and are hoping to extend to the wider community and whanau to do their own experiments at home.

For more information on Doc’s River Restoration project see: ​​https://www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/freshwater-restoration/nga-awa/ 

And for your very own SHMAK KIT:  https://bit.ly/SHMAKkit 

Tags: Environmental Community Department of Conservation Awa Restoration

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