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Why propose a river parkway?
The Clutha Mata-Au is a world-class river and a major regional and national asset. Unfortunately, it is being quickly degraded by subdivision developments, reduced recreational access, loss of farmland and open spaces, habitat damage, invasive species, ever-increasing water extraction, and so on. Degradation will continue unless we act soon to better protect this environment for the benefit of all.

The many issues facing the Clutha Mata-Au River corridor need to be addressed collectively and consistently from Lake Wanaka to the Pacific Ocean. At present, this is not possible because there is no integrated management of the river corridor. There is no single river corridor designation or zone, and there is no integrated management body.

Our vision is:
To protect and improve the natural, recreational, and cultural values of the Clutha Mata-Au River environment within the experiential corridor, from Lake Wanaka to the Pacific Ocean, by establishing a Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway, with an integrated management Parkway 'Body' to safeguard the public interest with a long-term vision.

Discussion document
The following project vision document "Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway - A Vision For New Zealand's Largest River", is available for download in six parts.  

Click on each part to download. They are in PDF format.

1. Project Introduction

2. Parkway Body

3. Project Management

4. Community Benefits

5. Statutory Provisions

6. Statements of Support