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Hero activity – Taranaki Agritech Conference and Expo

As part of Techweek, TCC partnered with Venture Taranaki to host the Taranaki Agritech Conference and Expo. This event was held at the Stratford War Memorial Centre on Wednesday 18 May and was supported by Callaghan Innovation and Baker Tilly Staples Rodway.More than 100 people attended the event throughout the day which was a mix of presentations from local experts and exhibits from agritech producing firms. The presentations covered high level topics, such as Why Agritech?, how to make the fin...

January 12, 2023

Hero activity – Patea River Pest Control/Trapping Workshop

The Patea River Catchment group held a pest control and trapping workshop at the Ōhuarai Pā i te kohu in Alton.  The group intend to bring kiwi back to the Patea River area, but first need to establish a predator free corridor to ensure their survival. This was a collaborative workshop - Kiwi Trust presented on the importance of this project, the Taranaki Regional Council presented on what they are doing to assist, and the main speaker, Rawiri Walsh, presented on types of predators, traps...

January 12, 2023

Hero activity – Mangamingi/Makuri/Waitotara Dung Beetle Workshop

Livestock in New Zealand produce an estimated 100 million tonnes of manure a year.  Most sits from weeks to months unrendered on pastures or washes into our waterways resulting in poor water quality.  Dung beetles represent a low cost, significant, self-sustainable tool deployed across pastoral land to improve water quality by 80% in addition to improving soil health, soil conservation, carbon sequestration and pastoral productivity.Mangamingi, Makuri and Waitotara groups engaged Dr. S...

January 12, 2023

Hero activity – Awatuna/Auroa Palmerston North visit

The Awatuna/Auroa Farming for the Future catchment group went down to Palmerston North during this milestone. They were supported by  Taranaki DairyNZ who helped organise this with us and for going down with and had a representative who travelled with the groups. They visited the Fonterra Research & Development centre where a major theme was how what we do on farm affects the markets Fonterra can access = grass fed milk! They visited AgResearch who are working on methane and how we migh...

January 12, 2023

Hero activity – Waingongoro Freshwater Monitor Training

The Waingongoro Catchment group held a freshwater testing day hosted by Alastair Cole.  One of the benchmark activities carried out by this group is to create a baseline of the stream quality along 15 sites in the Waingongoro Catchment area.  This will be done in conjunction with the Massey University lead project to establish edge of field technologies that will reduce the impact of farm managed activities on the freshwater system....

January 12, 2023

Hero Activity - Aotearoa Marae hui with Ōkahu-Inuāwai

Engagement of the community is one of the strategic focus areas of this project and it is important to maintain this level of community support.  Massey University are about to engage with an ‘edge of field’ research project in the Waingongoro catchment. TCC engaged with the local hapū as the first steps in engagement.  This event created a series of actions and project ideas and detailed the role TCC should have to support progress towards farmer lead initiatives.In addition to t...

January 12, 2023

Progress report - Milestone 4

In May 2021, Taranaki Catchment Communities was created as an Incorporated Society looking to lead, engage and mobilise Taranaki’s rural sector in the face of mounting legislative changes.In the one and a half years since TCC was formed, TCC has established 13 community catchment groups all around Mt. Taranaki. It’s had more than 1000 farmers attend community events and committed almost 5,000 volunteer hours to support a range of initiatives. List of key activities since the contra...

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