Project Maitai/Mahitahi was a four-year project with funding until mid-2018. The funding was used to improve the environmental health of the Maitai River and all its tributaries including Brook Stream, York Stream, Sharlands Creek, Groom Creek and Saltwater Creek.

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The Maitai / Mahitahi River flows through the lives of Nelsonians – it is entwined with who we are and how we live in this city. Its waters provide a stunning natural habitat for a diverse range of species.

For generations, the Maitai / Mahitahi has been an enviable source of water, food and fun for Nelsonians of all ages and stages – swimmers, walkers, cyclists, runners, picnickers, dog owners, families and visitors. The river is also of immense spiritual, traditional and historical significance to manawhenua iwi.

The overarching aim of Project Maitai was to create a river that is safe to swim in and take kai from, and that everyone can enjoy and feel proud of.

The river has a big job. It not only provides the city’s drinking water, it also acts as a stormwater and flood channel. Inevitably there are trade-offs when a natural asset like a river intersects with an urban environment.

Overall, the river is considered to be in good health but improvements are ongoing. Project Maitai/Mahitahi received $400,000 over  four years, to make improvements across multiple fronts.

Who was involved

Council worked closely with a number of key partners to improve the health of the Maitai/Mahitahi River. See below a list of some of the Iwi, community groups, government agencies and companies involved.

  • Friends of the Maitai
  • Cawthron Institute
  • Department of Conservation
  • Nelmac
  • Fish and Game
  • Fish and Wildlife Services
  • Ngāti Kōata
  • Te ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui
  • Ngāti Rārua
  • Ngāti Tama ki Te Tau Ihu
  • Ngāti Kuia
  • Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō (Wairau)
  • Rangitāne o Wairau
  • Ngati Toa Rangatira
  • Rotary Club of Whakatu - Nelson
  • Victory Primary School
  • York Stream Group
  • Nelson College
  • Nelson College for Girls
  • Kiwi Conservation Club
  • Landcare Research
  • Fulton Hogan