Welcome and project overview
Welcome from the project leader
Welcome to the first issue of our project newsletter, which will be produced every six months for the duration of the project. The newsletter will provide regular updates to project partners and interested stakeholders as well as providing insight to our findings along the way.
Please share this information with any other communities that may be interested. We hope that, through collaboration and learning from each other’s experiences, we may improve wastewater management systems at marae and similar communities.
Any feedback on the newsletter is gratefully received, along with any suggestions for improvements or articles. To subscribe or provide comments and feedback, please contact any of the project team referred to in the articles.
NIWA has been fortunate to receive funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to provide research to address the water and wastewater needs of marae and rural communities. This programme will:
provide more comprehensive information about water usage and wastewater generation patterns from different marae around New Zealand
monitor the performance of greywater treatment solutions implemented to reduce wastewater loads on marae infrastructure
develop prototype wetland and soil-based treatment systems that reduce risks to human health and the environment
design a web-based decision support tool that will help communities assess their water and wastewater needs
assist marae communities to implement reliable and enduring water and wastewater solutions.
The project is being led by NIWA and is scheduled for completion in late 2016.
NIWA wish to acknowledge our marae partners for allowing the use of photographs obtained for the purpose of the project in this publication.