Care for the domain of
Tāne Mahuta and Rongomatāne
and the land will sustain you

Toitū te marae ā Tane
Toitū te marae ā Rongo
Toitū te whenua

Our Vision

That Pongakawa - the Waihi Estuary Catchment is alive with innovation, enlightened thinking and leadership form the stewards of the land, and be a beacon for One Health from the Mountains to the Sea: enhancing the health wellbeing of the community, the whenua, biodiversity and mahinga kai for generations to come.

Our Purpose

This approach brings together into a story the great things that leading farmers are already doing, and then igniting further innovation: by exploring possibilities of stretch thinking based on current and future practices that will replenish the land and the water while protecting the asset for future generations.

We have three inter-connected Goals outlining what we want to achieve in delivering our projects:


To restore the life-giving properties of the Waihi Estuary through connected and collective action


Working together over the next 20 years to restore and replenish the Waihi  Estuary; Pongakawa, Kaikōkopu, and Wharere Rivers and surrounding lands, contributing waters and associated biodiversity

Strategic goals

Whenua ora

Thriving soils, waterways, biodiversity and micro-climates

Tangata ora

Healthy and resilient whenua-accountable communities

Hau kāinga

Connected, accountable and informed tangata + whenua stewardship

We will be guided by the following principles:

(guardianship / stewardship)

Manaakitanga (Services)


In practice we will:

  • be outcome, not issue, focused. 
  • work collectively and support each other. 
  • lead by example. 
  • encourage other landowners and land managers to demonstrate environmental excellence. 

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.