Watercare is helping to ensure the well-being of the Waikato River is in good hands, with a $50,000 annual sponsorship to Waikato RiverCare for their riparian planting.
On Wednesday 22 February, Watercare officials including chief executive Raveen Jaduram, and water supply manager Priyan Perera, met with trust representatives to sign an agreement, which provides $200,000 over four years.
Watercare has been a long term supporter and foundation member of Waikato RiverCare, which has been operating for 17 years and plant and maintain native plants along the riverbanks of the lower Waikato River, from Ngaruawahia to Tuakau.
Watercare chief executive, Raveen Jaduram says that it’s important that Waikato RiverCare receives support for their important environmental work.
“The Waikato River is New Zealand’s longest river and since 2002, it has been part of Auckland’s water supply network. Waikato RiverCare is doing an outstanding job with their riparian planting schemes and we’re delighted to be able to help them pursue this work.”
The Waikato River provides up to 25% of Auckland’s water each day, which is treated at the Waikato Water Treatment Plant near Tuakau. Watercare has applied to take an additional 200,000 cubic metres per day to meet future demand from Auckland’s growing population.
Waikato RiverCare chairman, David Klee says they are delighted to continue to build on the partnership with Watercare.
“Being a charitable trust, we rely solely on the generosity of our supporters to help fund the work we do and this increase in funding will allow our organisation to continue on its current upward trajectory,” he says.
“A big focus of Waikato RiverCare is to retire marginal grazing land adjacent to rivers, lakes and streams in the Waikato River Catchment and create buffers containing self-sustaining native plant communities. By doing so, we can provide both biodiversity and water quality enhancements.”
The 2016 planting season was the biggest season yet for the trust, with volunteers, staff and contractors planting more than 58,000 native trees and grasses at nine different project sites.
The next planting season begins again in autumn.