Te Awaroa – Voice of the River

Across New Zealand many rivers are unsafe parts of the ecosystem, with serious concerns about declining river health and hundreds of kilometres of streams have been buried alive, with many waterways over-allocated for irrigation. Te Awaroa is envisaged as a national movement of communities taking care of their waterways, with a collective goal of achieving 1000 rivers in a state of ora by 2050. The research presented herein poses the hypothesis that rivers will return to ora when communities develop a collective sense of care, and have a suite of locally relevant practices and tools that they use.