Te Hiku Water Study

May 27, 2022, 2:50 p.m.

Te Hiku iwi and government departments are collaborating to understand their water better. Research into water quality, sustainability, capabilities and the terrain below the surface that travels along the aquifer is underway.

$3.3 million has been invested into the Te Hiku Water Study which is a collectively managed project by Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri, Ngāi Takoto, Te Aupōuri and Ngāti Kahu. The project is largely funded by Aqua Intel Aotearoa, in partnership with Provincial Growth Fund (Kānoa), Department of Conservations, GNS Science and FNDC.

An aquifer is a natural water resource that is made up of layers of both permeable and porous rock, sea shells, gravel, sediment that allows water to naturally seep through and hold for long periods of time. The water then resurfaces through springs and wells. The aquifer that runs from Ahipara to Ngātaki runs through three different iwi rohe, Te Rarawa, Ngāi Takoto and Te Aupōuri where the main stakeholders are iwi and private land owners. There are businesses and iwi interests operating along the aquifer who are current in a court hearing to discuss water intake capabilities as a result of a resource consent appeal by Department of Conservation.

Jason Donagy (Natural Resource Monitoring Centre of Northland Regional Council) uses data that dates back to 1974 from 17 water quality and monitoring bores across the peninsula.

"There are 850 bore logs that we use with data that dates back to 1974. These help us learn more about this resource" said Donagy.

The data gathered within this project will help guide aspects like environmental protection, sustainable economic growth, water supply availability and resource consent consideration.


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