Project Mahitahi Restoration Plan

In a big step forward for Te Tauihu, last week’s launch and media coverage of the Project Mahitahi marked the official beginning of the collaborative effort to restore the Maitai/Mahitahi Valley.

Project Mahitahi is an environmental enhancement project for the Mahitahi/Maitai River, which will create nature based employment over the next five years. Mahitahi not only refers to the name of our river, but also means “working together” and this project will see Iwi, Council, the community and Government working together to improve biodiversity outcomes by planting 125,000 trees, and tackling the weeds and pests that impact on our forests and birdlife.


This project has the following vision:

The Mauri of the Mahitahi is restored ‘ki uta ki tai’ – so that native plants and wildlife can thrive within a functioning and connected eco-system and people and communities are inspired to nurture and value the Mahitahi as a taonga for past, present, and future generations.

For further details go to the Shape Nelson website