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Waimata River

The Waimata is one of Gisborne city's three rivers that flow through the inner city area. The catchment size is 226 sq km and land use is mainly typical Gisborne hill country sheep and cattle farming with large areas of exotic forest on the steeper inland areas.

The Waimata River is used for recreational purposes near the city with rowing and waka ama clubs storing craft on the banks. City parks such as Anzac park provide access to the public for water activities. Restoration projects are in progress inland at Longbush.

Longbush reserve and restoration project has provided weta for colonising at Young Nick's Head and this has assisted in allowing Tuatara to be introduced to an enclosed site. Nick's Head is away from the catchment. Water quality in the Waimata is often poor due to high sediment loads caused by the erosion prone nature of soils in the headwaters.

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