Mahurangi East Land Restoration (MELR)*
Mahurangi East Land Restoration (MELR) is an initiative aimed at reducing sediment to the Mahurangi River catchment over the next five years. The project is being jointly designed and delivered by Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust and Auckland Council. The partnership has $5 million to deliver a programme comprising 206.6 km of rivers and streams that discharge into the Hauraki Gulf. There is funding and support available for community groups and landowners for fencing of waterways, riparian plantings and wetland conservation and development. The programme also supports forestry block owners and small construction sites to reduce sediment and has a pilot to improve the runoff and erosion of unsealed roads. MELR’s focus is on both the Mahurangi and Mahurangi West catchments.