This group has existed several times over the past 60 or so years, when there have been issues surrounding the river – eg Council decision to plant forest on reserve land in the ‘70s and again in the lead up to the building of the dam in the ‘80s.
The latest incarnation of FOM came after a meeting Ami Kennedy had with Lynne Hall, from NCC, who gave some valuable ideas for re-vegetation of the riverbank and introduced her to Mel McColgan from Wai Maori Stream care. Mel, Lynne and Ami held a community river-monitoring workshop in November last year.
After the river monitoring workshop two meetings were held, where ideas and information were shared, interest groups formed and a calendar of actions established.
FOM is made up of several different interest groups that autonomously plan, organise and take part in a variety of activities that meet the interests and/or skills of those involved.
The interest groups include:
- Riverbank Planting and Care
- River Monitoring
FOM promotes a collaborative responsibility for the health of our waterways and gives community members a gathering place to learn about the issues that face our river and work together to take positive action.
Interest groups are encouraged to send two representatives to come to the HUB meeting once a month, to provide feedback, discuss and make decisions on matters that effect whole group.
We welcome you to join any groups that match your interests or skills and we look forward to sharing ideas, actions, creativity, fun and friendship.
Submissions to the Council
The Friends of the Maitai make submissions to the Council. Below are submissions that have been made:
Submission: Nelson Long Term Plan 2015 – 2025
An Open letter to the Works and Infrastructure Committee: Maitai Walkway Submission 5 May
Submission: FoM submission on National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry other submissions of interest
By Joe Hay Joe Hay NES-PF submission points
By Forest and Bird Forest and Bird Submission on proposed NES PF
History of the Friends of the Maitai
In 1977 a group formed called the Freinds of the Maitai FOMT, the group wished to provide pressure to influence the Council to stop the planting of forestry on Maitai Recreational Reserve Lands. The plans to operate commercial forests in this recreational land had not been well known. The FOMT questioned the legality of this usage. The NCC took a Bill to parliament resulting in the Nelson City Forestry Empowering Act, a compromise that satisfied no one. In November 1978 the council voted to continue the plantings. Source: The Community Archive.