Environment Canterbury

2684-21-22 Request for Proposal (RfP) for hydrological investigation and wetland design for Te Repo o Papatahora

What we need
• We (Te Taumutu Rūnanga and Environment Canterbury) are looking for a supplier who can design a constructed wetland, to attenuate nutrients and sediment, and improve biodiversity and mahinga kai, in Te Repo o Papatahora which will be constructed on iwi land adjacent to the Ngāti Moki and Orariki Ruahikihiki pā site by June 2026.
A bit about us
• Te Waikēkēwai has cultural significance for Te Hapū o Ruahikihiki/Te Taumutu Rūnanga.

Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is a living hāpua of national and international significance. No other site is of greater cultural importance to Te Taumutu Rūnanga. Te Waikēkēwai highlights important whakapapa connection as it flows through Te Pa o Moki (the Pa of Moki II) down through Orariki (Ruahikihiki’s Pa) and
Today Ngāti Moki Marae is located at Te Pa o Moki, and on Ruahikihiki’s pa stands the Hono Wetere Church, marking both these traditional sites

It is important to the whānau of Taumutu that this whakapapa connection is recognised and acknowledged.

The area was previously a great mahinga kai, where the whānau could gather resources to sustain themselves as the stream flowed through rich wetlands before reaching Te Waihora.

However, as the landscape was converted to farms during European colonization, the stream was degraded, wetlands disappeared, and the opportunities to gather mahinga kai were all but lost.

Despite the extensive degradation of the stream and landscape, Te Taumutu Rūnanga never gave up on the vision to restore the cultural and ecological values of the area. Seven years ago, we began to turn the tide. Through a partnership with the Whakaora Te Waihora programme, the Whakaora Te Waikēkēwai project was born which has restored the majority of the lower reaches of the stream, including re-creating the Te Repo Orariki wetland.

It is now time to turn our efforts to the middle/upper part of the catchment, because without making a concerted effort to restore this reach, water quality is likely to worsen with continued nutrient and sediment input from land use, and the cultural, mahinga kai, and biodiversity goals will never be realised.
By starting in this next part of the catchment, where restoration of the whole area is possible, we will provide an exemplary ‘whole of catchment’ approach that can be replicated elsewhere in the Selwyn-Waihora Zone and NZ.
We will address three problems:

Department/Business Unit: Field Services

Status Open
Tenderer https://www.gets.govt.nz/CRC
Closing 27 May 2022 4:00 PM NZST
Reference 25726457
Notice Type Request for Proposals (RFP)
Regions Canterbury
Customer Reference 2684-21-22
Contact Details Annabel Butler
annabel.butler@ecan.govt.nz
Published 26 Apr 2022 4:30 PM NZST

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