The area covers from Ryal Bush in the south up to Taringatura in the north. To the east the area extends out along state highway 96 to just past Springhills and then to the West a few kilometres east of Drummond. The central area of the Mid Oreti Catchment Group is the Winton Township, and the main surface waters found in this area are the Oreti River and the Winton Stream.
Fiona Smith, Rosie Forbes, Ainsley Adams
The Mid Oreti Catchment Group is a diverse group of people from around rural Central Southland and Winton. It has a strong core group of 8-10 people, with field days attended by up to 60 people and growing!
Wide variety of people in the group from different land uses and backgrounds with one thing in common - everyone has a passion for improvement in our community’s environment with a focus on water quality in the Mid Oreti Space. From deer to beef and sheep and dairy farmers, to rural professionals and community members from the Winton township, everyone is welcome!
The Mid Oreti Catchment Group organise a wide variety of events and projects to support both their farming and Winton township communities. To showcase innovative farming ideas to help look after the environment, they have run some excellent field days. To help their communities learn new skills and techniques, they have run practical grow your own native sessions, stream health workshops and other training session like learning how to take a water sample. They always try and include a social and fun aspect to their events (often involving food!), to bring people together and look after them.
In amongst all of this they created their own meeting space at the Red Shed at ABLime, which could also be a future Catchment Group nursery space. 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. Supported Southland wide Catchment Group initiatives like the Aquavan “Discovering your catchment and coastal connections” education programme and the Thriving Southland Ladies Enviro series. They have set up a colourful and well used Facebook page, and advertise their events in the Winton Outlook and on the Winton Community Pages too.
Here is a snapshot of our favourite events and activities:
This group plans their meeting, training, events and project work for the upcoming year, and pops it onto a one page calendar. They plan three or four meetings a year at The Red Shed around the busy farming periods, and organise field days, family events or workshops/training every 6 to 8 weeks.
Have a look at our great Facebook Page, where we advertise all our events, and pop up fun and interesting information to support our group and what it does - Mid Oreti Catchment Group Facebook Page
About our events:
Thriving Southland Newsletter August 2021
Thriving Southland Newsletter July 2021
Thriving Southland Newsletter June 2021
Thriving Southland Newsletter March 2021
Thriving Southland Newsletter November 2020
Also have a read below of our Mid Oreti Catchment Group Flyer, and our one pagers on our long term Marshalls Creek project and our results so far.
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