We run events to bring people together to share knowledge and skills, access expert advice and information, and work on projects that are useful to our catchment and community. All our events and projects involve community and/or individual wellbeing aspect too.
We meet regularly throughout the year when we need to, avoiding having meetings in the busy farm seasons. We have a Facebook page to advertise our events and share information on our projects and their results.
Over the last two years we have worked with Hedgehope School and Hokonui Runanga to have a community hangi and planting session at the school. Meat and veg was kindly donated by the Alliance Group Limited, So Sweet and local Catchment Group members, and lots was learnt by Catchment Group Members and students. We also hosted a pre-lambing and calving community pot luck lunch catch up. It was a great chance to get together before things got super busy on farm, and included very quick updates on our two big projects.
We also took part in a nationwide eDNA (environmental DNA) water quality monitoring programme (along with the other Southland Catchment Groups), to provide valuable information on the plants and animals found in and around New Zealand’s waterways. Our sample was taken from the confluence of the Hedgehope and Makarewa Rivers.
In 2022 we ran a grow your own native trees from seed field day at Sherwood Forest supported by Jesse Bythell from QEII, and have supported Hedgehope School with the stream health aspects of their study on Sherwood Forest. We continue to strongly support Southland wide Catchment Group initiatives like the Catchment Group Forum, Oreti Leaders get togethers, Thriving Southland Ladies Enviro series and Southern Women NZ initiative.