The Wairarapa Moana environment


Aerial view of Lake Wairarapa

Lake Wairarapa landscape

Our inherited problem

Lakes Wairarapa and Onoke and the rivers that flow into them are an integral part of the surrounding, predominantly rural, environment of today.  

Much water has been drained, separated or diverted from the lakes and wetlands to increase the availability of productive land, and to protect the farmed land from flooding. These modifications have come at a cost to the integrity of the lakes and the inherent wellbeing of the ecosystems and communities of Wairarapa Moana.

There are lots of activities occurring in the everyday life of Wairarapa Moana. As well as involvement in the Wetlands Project, the partner organisations have their own specific roles in managing the environmental, cultural, recreational and municipal aspects of the area. Further information is provided in the Project Partners section of this website.


Looking after our environment

There is a lot of activity being carried out to manage and protect the environment around Wairarapa Moana. Work is also in progress to enhance the availability of recreational facilities for the community to experience the Wairarapa Moana environment. Find out more information in the sections below.

Environmental monitoring

Monitoring of interest to this area are lake water quality and ecology, river and stream health, the Lake Wairarapa Water Balance Project and terrestrial biodiversity.

You can check out the Greater Wellington Regional Council Environmental Science webpages for more specific information.

Ecological surveys

Surveys to find out about the abundance and distribution of some native species around Wairarapa Moana have been carried out. This helps with providing information on which to plan management strategies to look after our biodiversity. You will find links to surveys in related sections on this site.

Restoration work

The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Project partners are supporting a variety of restoration projects. Information on these can be found on other pages of this website:

Content on this page was last updated: 15/02/2017 3:02pm