Our unique and special features

The Wai Kōkopu Programme has several unique and special features:

Find out more about our place, our programme and our people

Meet our Wai Kōkopu team

What does Wai Kōkopu Governance Group do?

Wai Kōkopu Incorporated is a community driven governance group that connects, informs and lobbies agencies, organisations, industry and landowners towards achieving the reductions required to meet catchment water quality targets. 

It will also be supported by appropriate hau kāinga representation at governance and operational levels with relevant guidance from the primary sector groups, local authorities and community care groups.

The Governance group consists of:

Rick Rapana
John Burke
John Scrimgeour
Andre Hickson
Esther Kirk
Ross Bawden 
Darryl Jensen
Derryk Shaw
Roana Bennet

Key contacts:

Our draft Vision articulates where we want to be, while our Mission Statement describes our role in realising this proposed vision.

​Our journey to date

The Wai Kōkopu Programme was developed by the Waihi Estuary Catchment Steering Group. 

This group was formed in February 2020 following a meeting which brought together a community of interest from the Waihi Estuary Catchment to drive action on the ground, building on from the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management community consultation process. At the meeting, landowners, hau kāinga and other stakeholders expressed their concern at the state of the Waihi Estuary and initiated a community-led initiative to combat the issues. 

The Waihi Estuary Catchment Steering Group was replaced by the new Governance Group in August 2020.

Developing a Strategy

Our Strategy, which will outline our collective approach to the restoration and care for the Waihi Estuary Catchment (including the contributing rivers, streams and surrounding land), is currently in development. 
Having a Strategy:

  • focuses our collective actions towards a shared vision. helps us to demonstrate kaitiakitanga and environmental leadership.
  • enables greater connectivity and shared learnings. helps us to prepare for upcoming freshwater regulation.
  • provides a platform for effective working partnerships. recognises the interconnectedness between the upper catchment and the estuary. 
  • supports applications for external funding.

Get involved

You can become a member of the Wai Kōkopu Incorporated and join our mailing list to hear of upcoming opportunities to be involved.