The Manukau Harbour Forum Symposium, held on Friday 10 June 2016, was organised by the Manukau Harbour Forum, a committee of the nine local boards that surround New Zealand's second largest harbour.
Operations Manager at the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust, Lincoln Jefferson spoke on a topic he is passionate about: Improving the mauri of the Manukau one project at a time. He discussed the urban dumping ground featuring nappies, tyres, and eels playing with plastic bags and the effect on the community one of their projects: The Largest Single Environmental Clean Up In NZ has had. This event attracted 1900 volunteers to help clean up 10 kilometres of Manukau’s Puhinui Stream. The results were astounding.
The Symposium's aim was to identify key issues and outcomes that may impact and restore the mauri, or life-force, of the Manukau. The event, which included 18 speakers, focused on the harbour’s future, and on real actions that can contribute to the restoration of its wellbeing. It considered proposed and current projects, innovative approaches and smart ways of acting to create a new reality. The event acknowledged the Manukau Harbour’s significance, and presented traditional knowledge, acquired over generations, alongside scientific knowledge.
To find out more about the Manukau Harbour Forum please visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/manukauharbourforum