Planting day at Okuti River

The Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee is continuing to engage the Bay Harbour area on the importance of mahinga kai and the ongoing actions protecting it for future generations.

Mahinga kai is about more than just survival for Ngāi Tahu, it is about maintaining the things that sustain and nourish us and that bring us wellbeing, and ensuring they are thriving – clean water, air, soil and sufficient shelter.

Access to, and being able to gather, clean and healthy kai as their ancestors did, and doing this in a sustainable way is also important.

It is a priority action of the water zone committee to use mahinga kai as an indicator of the health of waterways around Banks Peninsula.

Which is why the committee needs the community’s help at an upcoming planting day.

Find out more about the planting day

On August 25, a planting day will be centered around the Okuti River, improving the health of both the catchment and the lake.

For more information on the planting days, including what to bring, head to the Canterbury Water Facebook page.