About the area

The Kaipara Moana is facing severe environmental degradation. Sediment is the main problem with an estimated 700,000 tonnes deposited into the harbour each year (about seven times the amount before human settlement). 

About the Kaipara Moana

  • It is the largest estuarine water body in the country.
  • It spans Auckland and Northland regions
  • It is of global ecological and biological significance and profound importance to Māori and recreational users. 
  • It is the most important snapper nursery area for the west coast of the North Island.
  • In 2019, Kaipara was announced as the first exemplar catchment for the At-risk catchments project which is part of the Government's freshwater work programme.

Project partners

They include:

  • Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust (together they take the name ‘Kaipara Uri’)
  • Northland Regional Council
  • Auckland Council.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between project Partners and the Crown in October 2020. A joint committee of Kaipara Uri and councils' representatives was also formed to govern the remediation programme.

Documents

Dates for upcoming Kaipara Moana Remediation Joint Committee meetings, and further information on the programme are available on the Kaipara Moana Remediation website.

Funding

The Ministry for the Environment administers the $100 million multi-year Kaipara Moana Remediation funding awarded from the Ministry’s Job for Nature funding in 2020. This funding will contribute to a total project cost of $200 million for the first six years of an anticipated ten-year programme with co-funding provided by councils, landowners, industry and others. In August 2021, Northland Regional Council and Auckland Council confirmed their commitment to co-fund the Programme through a combination of their respective Long-Term Plans and other third party contributions as required in the Deed of funding.

Find out about the Jobs for Nature Programme.

What the remediation programme has achieved in the first year

Significant progress has been made over the last six months on establishing a strong foundation for the KMR Programme and in the delivery of the program key focus areas, which include wetland restoration, fencing and riparian planting for waterways, and stabilising highly erodible land. Some of the achievements are:

  • 156,606 plants planted or contracted to be planted this planting season as against the target number 27,775 plants
  • 26.0 ha of riparian lake or wetlands planting were completed or contracted to be completed this winter season as against the targeted 5 hectares
  • 93.57kms fences were constructed or contracted to be completed this upcoming summer. The target for year 1 was 123 km
  • 63 Sediment Reduction Plans or equivalent were developed in agreement with landowners. The target was to create 61 Farm Environment Plans
  • 11,413 land areas have been covered with plans
  • 36 individuals paid since the project commencement with 24,476 being the estimated number of people-hours worked in each reporting period.

Next steps

The annual work plan for year two is being finalised. This includes year one projects that run after 1 July 2021, as well as new initiatives such as providing remediation grants funding through Sediment Reduction Plans. The year two annual work plan will be publicly available in September 2021 and an annual report for year one in October 2021.