The Waimea Inlet Strategy and underlying Action Plan aim to improve the health of the Inlet and people's enjoyment of this special place.
The Waimea Inlet encompasses the area inside a line connecting the Tasman Bay/Te Tai o Aorere shoreline of Mapua, Moturoa/Rabbit Island and Tahunanui Beach.
Map of the Waimea Inlet
The Waimea Inlet Management Strategy was developed in collaboration with the communities of Tasman and Nelson and the many groups who have an interest in, and a commitment to, the Waimea Inlet and its sustainable future.
The Strategy support the vision and community-sourced outcome statements of both councils' long term plans. It also guides the council decision-making across all departments, influencing statutory resource management, provision of infrastructure, services and all areas of council involvement.
Waimea Inlet is a special place, loved by many people, and home to a wide array of living organisms, some rare and threatened, others international migrants. The Waimea Inlet Coordination Group (made up of representatives from a range of organisations and groups) was set up to promote the restoration and protection of this taonga.
The Action Plan acts as a guide to fulfilling the hopes and aspirations in the Waimea Inlet Management Strategy (2010). We applaud the efforts already being made, and are now taking the next step by securing commitment from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make the strategy’s objectives and outcomes become reality.
The Action Plan has been formally endorsed by Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council and the Department of Conservation.
The One Billion Trees Fund is committing more than $1 million to support the restoration of Tasman’s Waimea Inlet. Forestry Minister Shane Jones, alongside Agriculture Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor, made the funding announcement in July 2019, at a tree planting event at the Hoddy Estuary Reserve near Richmond.
The Department of Conservation website includes information about restoration of the Waimea Inlet:
The Waimea Inlet Forum was created as a result of the Waimea Inlet Management Strategy, and joins together the Tasman and Nelson councils, the Department of Conservation, and other statutory and non-statutory groups and organisations, businesses and residents who have an interest in and a commitment to the Waimea Inlet and its sustainable future.
Tasman Environmental Trust was founded in 2000 by four organisations: The Department of Conservation, Federated Farmers, Queen Elizabeth II Trust and the Tasman District Council. The Trust offers expertise in the protection, maintenance and restoration of land, fresh water and estuarine natural environments. They work collaboratively with the whole community, including special interest groups, landowners and businesses in Tasman and distribute funds for viable local environmental projects.
Learn more about the Waimea Inlet.
Council also publishes a range of environmental monitoring reports. Some of these focus on the Waimea Inlet/Estuary: