Come and help with the 2019 plantings around the Inlet

Battle for the Banded Rail logoBattle for the Banded Rail is a Waimea Inlet Forum project working with local communities. It aims to increase the number of banded rail and other estuarine birds on the Waimea Inlet by restoring habitat and trapping predators.
You can find more information here.

Planting Dates for the Coming Season
Do come and join us for a community planting day on the Waimea Inlet at any or all of the following:

Sunday 26 May 9am-1pm
Bronte Peninsula on Stringer Embayment.
Park on Road at 92 Bronte Road East

Sunday 9 June 9am-1pm
Manuka Island.
Follow sign to Manuka Island from Redwood Road

Sunday 16 June 9am-1pm
Bronte Peninsula North.
Park on Cardno Way, off Bronte Road East

Sunday 30 June 9am-1pm
Hoddy Estuary Park.
Off Coastal Highway near Research Orchard Rd.

Sunday 7 July 9am-1pm
Stringer Creek.
Westdale Road opposite Playhouse Café

Sunday 21 July 9am -1pm
Maisey Embayment/Pukeko Lane.
Parking & access from Pukeko Lane

Sunday 28 July 9am-1pm
Mapua Embayment/Seaton Valley Stream.
Access 126 Aranui Road

Sunday 11 August 9am-1pm
Research Orchard Road



Please bring gloves, spade and drinking water. Wear solid footwear and clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Morning tea will be provided (coffee courtesy of Pomeroy’s).

WelcomeCuppaThis is our 5th season of planting.

Project Manager, Kathryn Brownlie

For more information
Phone Kathryn 544 4537


Draft Richmond Catchment Management Plan

Only rain down my drain

Illustration in the draft Catchment Management Plan

After many years of preparation, Tasman District Council (TDC) has now announced a new holistic approach to managing stormwater in Richmond.

It aims to improve flood resilience as well as protect our waterways and the environment.  Since all of the town’s waterways flow into the Inlet, the quality of the flows directly affect it.

The Council has asked to Waimea Inlet Forum to provide feedback to the proposed plan.  We have responded with a submission.  You can read it here

Full details of the proposed Plan are on the TDC website:

They take the form of a draft Richmond Catchment Management Plan and a draft Urban Stormwater Strategy, along with supporting documentation.  A district-wide urban stormwater discharge consent application will be publicly notified later.

The proposed water contamination risk objectives are:

TDC proposed water contamination risk ojectives

A background report identifying existing stormwater quality and contamination risks was written in 2010.  It gives a lot of detail about the quality of the various streams and drains entering the Inlet and is worth reading.

See the video about the Battle for the Banded Rail

Battle for the Banded Rail logoThe Battle for the Banded Rail is focused on restoring birdlife to Waimea Estuary in Nelson. It’s built on thousands of hours of volunteer work. In 2017 over 250 volunteers contributed more than 1,500 hours of time – checking trap lines, planting, weeding and more…

Tracey Murray and Kathryn Brownlie were recently interviewed about the achievements by Predator Free NZ.

Check out the video and you’ll see how the enthusiasm of volunteers is making a big difference around the shores of the Inlet.

A big thanks to those of you who have been helping us with the Waimea Inlet Action Plan

Members of our Waimea Inlet Coordination Group have been working with the signatories of the Waimea Inlet Charter to plan specific future actions that need to be done to fulfil the hopes and aspirations in the Waimea Inlet Management Strategy.

Draft Action Plan

We have put together a draft Action Plan, and about fifty members of the Forum and interested individuals got together in a workshop to check through it.  We gathered lots of very useful feedback.  We also received a number of written comments.

Your comments

The many useful responses helped us to fine-tune the Plan.  A big thank you to all of you who have contributed.

It is a living document, so it is likely to be tweaked further as time passes, but this version is pretty well there.

Update as at May 2019

The plan has now been finalised, and the final version is here:
Waimea Inlet Action Plan 2018-2021.

We are now seeking formal endorsement from the signatories of the Charter.

Tasman District Council endorsed it in April.  You can read the newspaper report of their meeting here.   Nelson City Council are going to consider it shortly.