Bringing people and the land together around a vision

Projects delivered

Infrastructure work/civil engineering/ Rapid rebuild post Cyclone Gabrielle : Terra Tangata Consulting is heavily involved in the rebuild of Hawkes Bay who was severely affected by Cyclone Gabrielle in February 2023. Nic took on board several emergency flood protection projects on behalf of the Asset Management team at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council. These projects helped protect local communities and businesses to return to BAU and future proof their livelihood ( Sea wall Westshore- Makara detention dams- Omahu stop bank repairs – IRG Plantings Taradale berm.

Climate change resilience/ Green engineering / Environmental planning : Terra Tangata Consulting works with Forestry owners in NZ to better prepare and strengthen their climate change resilience. When a farm is sold, Terra Tangata offers environmental recommendations around stream protection and offers green or soft engineering solutions to minimise the impact of harvest (sediment and debris catchers). Terra Tangata also advices owners on how to meet their requirements as part of the New Environmental Standards for Forestry imposed by the NZ Government in regards to water, soil conservation and biodiversity.

In 2023,Terrat Tangata offered post cyclone soil conservation recommendations (Gisborne area) to farmers. The advice is aimed at strengthening farm infrastructure and protecting soil integrity by utilising a range of native and exotic trees species.

Creation of a public walkwayEconomic development and capacity building around a public access walkway for the  Whangawehi Catchment Management Group – Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

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Integrated, community led catchment environmental planning (ICM approach) for the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group, a community/ Marae led restoration project in partnership with Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Department of Conservation and Wairoa District Council – Hawkes Bay, New Zealand ( This project attracted national and International recognition with special mention from the NZ Government as a model.

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Wetland enhancement, riparian planting programme : implementation of a large scale fencing and planting programme in partnership with landowners, Whakaki nursery, Whakaki Lake Trust and Hawkes bay Regional Council. The project is part of a large scale Fresh Water Improvement Fund looking at enhancing the wider Whakaki lagoon and wetlands (350ha) ecosystems.

Large scale Maori agri business assistance : Development of a large scale restoration plan, application for funding and delivery (180 ha planted in natives, new fences, water reticulation) across 3 Maori land blocks near Waimarama, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

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Wetland restoration projects : Development of a restoration plan for a 40 ha wetland across several properties. Application for funding and delivery. Work in partnership with Te Tumu Paeroa and Heritage New Zealand.

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Development of a community lead catchment group for the “Guardians of the Ruakituri River, northern Hawkes Bay, New Zealand :

Support community leaders, marae and landowners around the development of a community vision, catchment management plan, Memorandum of Understanding and a website. Application for funding and project management.

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Maori agri busines development for Tawapata South Inc and a number of Maori owned farms in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry for Primary Industries, Te Puni Kokiri, Nga Whenua Rahui, Hawkes Bay and Tairawhiti -New Zealand.

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Development of a sister environmental project in the Pacific around capacity building and skills sharing  in partnership with the International River Foundation, Cook Islands- Pacific region.