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Cultural water monitoring

Cultural water monitoring

Updated 8 October 2018 1:00pm

Numerous sites around the Wellington region hold special significance to mana whenua and there is a need to monitor the water health to understand whether water is suitable for use, for example for mahinga kai (food gathering) and Maori customary use (eg blessings). 

Brett Cockeram (Greater Wellington Senior Environmental Monitoring Officer), PJ Devonshire (CEO Kahungunu KI Wairarapa), Mike Grace (Greater Wellington Tangata Whenua Policy Advisor) using a special tube to measure the clarity of the water.

Traditional cultural monitoring methods

Traditional Māori methods of monitoring water quality use the five senses.

Greater Wellington uses additional methods and tools to test water quality in their work alongside mana whenua to monitor the health of our water ways. To find out more about how Greater Wellington monitors our water see our Environmental Science pages.