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Waiwhakaiho River

The Waiwhakaiho River begins on Mt Taranaki and flows through New Plymouth, the region’s only city. It is highly valued for its aesthetic, ecological and recreational values, and holds special value for Te Atiawa Iwi. It is also particularly important for native fish and trout habitat. 


Ecological health for the Waiwhakaiho catchment is showing improvement in long-term trends. Water quality is expected to improve in coming years as new riparian fencing and planting in the catchment becomes established.  

Long-term trends shows the ecological health of the Waiwhakaiho catchment is improving. Water quality is expected to continue to improve in coming years as new riparian planting in the catchment become established. 

Including Egmont National Park, the Waiwhakaiho catchment has a total of 885 km of stream bank.  The Council’s database shows 74% of the stream banks in the catchment are planted in riparian vegetation with 24% stream banks located within Egmont National Park and 51% of stream banks covered by a Council riparian management plan outside the park boundary.  Further to this, 24% of stream banks are protected by riparian fencing within National Park while a further 67% of stream banks are fenced outside the park.  There are stretches of stream bank that are both fenced and planted.  Overall, 98% of the stream banks outside of Egmont National Park are covered by riparian plans (June 2019).

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Monitored sites in the Waiwhakaiho River catchment

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