About Mahurangi Action IncorporatedEstablished in 1974 as Friends of the Mahurangi
In 2009, after years of failing to attract a willing treasurer, the group lost its status as an incorporated society. To address this deficiency, Mahurangi Action was incorporated on 7 December 2011, with Michael Gordon as the inaugural treasurer.
Styled ‘Mahurangi Action, established 1974 as Friends of the Mahurangi’ to signal the imperative for action, the new name is also aimed to both be more inclusive and to be better aligned with the Mahurangi Action Plan. The issue providing urgency to form Friends of the Mahurangi in 1974 was the plans by the then Warkworth Town Council for a wastewater treatment plant. Like the severely overloaded septic tank it was to replace, the system would discharge into the Mahurangi River, just below the town.
Many, and particularly founding member Wilfred AllanWilfred ‘Wilf’ John Davy Allan, considered the council’s plans inadequate to restore the water quality at Warkworth and protect, long-term, the oyster farms downstream. Meanwhile, founding chairman John Male had been discussing formation of a ‘watch dog group’ to protect harbour’s landscape and to back a moratorium on further marine farms, which he had sought while serving as a Rodney County councillor. Not wishing to be seen as just another protest group, Friends of the Mahurangi revived the Mahurangi Regatta, in 1977—it had lapsed during World War Two.
Today the organisation works closely with the harbour’s marine farmers to help resolve the issue of derelict oyster leases and towards improving the harbour’s water quality.
In 2001 Friends of the Mahurangi published Jade River : A History of the Mahurangi, which was written by member Ronald Locker as ‘a kind of payback for all the pleasure the river has given me.’
The organisation is energetically involved in the regional council –initiated Mahurangi Action Plan, the principal aim of which is to address the harbour’s elevated sediment accumulation rate.
Mahurangi Action milestones mark some significant achievements
- Founded, as Friends of the Mahurangi
- Tribunal recommends Warkworth wastewater be excluded from the Mahurangi River
- Revived the Mahurangi Regatta
- Supported Mahurangi West-led campaign that saw off plans to build a road to Te Muri and park up to 4000 cars behind its beach
- Conducted poll on aspirations for Mahurangi in 25 years
- Publication of Dr Ronald Locker’s 416-page Jade River : A History of the Mahurangi
- Successful High Court defence of the public’s entitlement to access Jamieson Bay
- Scotts Landing – Scott Homestead boardwalk
- Mahurangi Regatta Ball, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Warkworth’s founding
- Revival of the Mahurangi Regatta Prize-Giving Dance
- Leading role in supporting Auckland Regional Council’s Mahurangi Action Plan
- Mahurangi Magazine goes online
- Establishment of first scientifically designed trials demonstrating that forestry-style nursery methods could slash the cost of raising indigenous plants
- Leading role in developing Mahurangi Action Plan: A strategic plan for the catchment 2010–2030
- With property holder, establishment of the Mahurangi Farm-Forestry Trail
- Warkworth Sediment Improvements Pilot Phase I
- Preservation of car-free Te Muri, forever
- Culmination of 42-year bid to see council commitment to exclude Warkworth wastewater from the Mahurangi river and harbour
- First Mahurangi Regatta held with new, long-term principal sponsor, Teak Construction
- Submitted only proposal—for two local boards to replace the current Rodney Local Board—deemed a reasonably practicable option to Auckland’s governance arrangements
- Inaugurated, with One Warkworth and supported by Mahurangi Matters, the Warkworth Town Hall Talks
- Initiated, with philanthropist member, Mahurangi-based green-lipped mussel reef restoration research project
- Initiated, with the Mahurangi River Restoration Trust, ‘Up the Mahu!’
- Provided snug harbour for chart—Coastal Heritage Art—competition for schools
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Membership fees: $10 for individual; $20 for family; and, bless them, many also make a donation.