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Punehu Stream

The Punehu Stream is a ringplain stream that is representative of a south-western Taranaki catchment subjected primarily to intensive agricultural land use with water quality potentially affected by diffuse source run-off and point-source discharges from dairy shed treatment pond systems. There are no industrial discharges in the catchment. The Punehu Stream holds special value for Taranaki and Ngāruahine Iwi. 

The catchment has 70% agricultural land use with the rest native forest in the headwaters (within the National Park). Trends in ecological health showed significant improvement at both the upper and lower sites. Water quality is expected to improve in coming years as new riparian fencing and planting in the catchment becomes established. 

Including Egmont National Park, the Punehu catchment has a total of 226 km of stream bank.

The Council’s database shows 57% of the stream banks in the catchment are planted in riparian vegetation with 16% stream banks located within Egmont National Park and 41% of stream banks covered by a Council riparian management plan outside the park boundary.  Further to this, 16% of stream banks are protected by riparian fencing within National Park while a further 85% of stream banks are fenced outside the park.  There are stretches of stream bank that are both fenced and planted.  Overall, 100% of the stream banks outside of Egmont National Park are covered by riparian plans (June 2019).

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Monitored sites in the Punehu Stream catchment

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