What’s different about our catchments?
This part of the Western Bay has catchments that are compact. The terrain drops from hills to harbour over a relatively short distance. Our soils are fertile but erosion prone, especially with many slopes being cleared. The activities we undertake on land are never far from a waterway, easily and quickly impacting the health of our streams, estuaries and ultimately our harbour.
Why these boundaries?
Rain falling on forests, pastures, crops and gardens from the Waiau river in the north to the Aongatete river in the south flows into the northern Tauranga Moana. Each drop that makes its way into the streams, rivers and estuaries becomes part of the tidal flow that moves in and out of the Bowentown harbour entrance.
Project Parore works in 8 catchments: