Ruamāhanga Mauri Oho
Ruamāhanga Mauri Oho (a working name for now) is a wetland and riparian forest restoration project started in 2021 by Liz, Jane and Lucy Riddiford and Rod Sugden. In the first instance land on Ruamāhanga Farm near Martinborough has been set aside and stock excluded.
With the help of local volunteers we have introduced native plants eco sourced from the Wairarapa. We are developing education activities for local schools and associated health walks for the wider community.
Find Out More...
We hope our contributions will:
• Add to the green corridor for birds flying between the Remutaka and the Aorangi Ranges
• Support the nature / taiao connection as a foundation for growing community
• Encourage other landowners in the vicinity of the southern end of the Ruamāhanga river, and all the way down to the Wairarapa Moana, to adopt practices that restore wetlands.
We are grateful to be involved with the Aorangi Restoration Trust, the South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group and the Tangata Whenua. Their guidance and support is helping us understand what it might mean for us as a family to let parts of the land embrace the wider domain of the river.
Mauri oho volunteers Cushla Murphy and John Mullany
Auction of Michael Moore Paintings
In collaboration with Enviroschools and the Ruamahanga Restoration Trust we are developing a basic infrastructure to enable us to host school and community groups.
- A Green Dunny
- A Gathering Shelter
- A Shade House for the propagation of plants.
Whilst we are enthusiasts of upcycling materials that are ready for another life, we still need funds! To get us on our way, renowned New Zealand Artist Michael Moore generously donated a series of paintings.
The first paintings were successfully auctioned on the 1st of April and the Green Dunny Installed.
Two, three sided ‘sliver’ paintings, “The Three Sisters” and “tī kōuka Grove”
“Ti Kouka Grove”
“The Three Sisters”
Dimensions 1050 mm x 50 mm x 50 mm each and painted on three sides. Acrylic on canvas on cedar.
Michael Moore’s acrylic and oil paintings appear in private and public collections around the world. He has exhibited nationally for almost 30 years, and in 2022 he was invited to exhibit in the Beehive. Through his painting, Michael aims to express his deep connection to the New Zealand landscape. For more about his work, visit his website here.
Latest From Our Blog
We have been seeing how the things we say and the stories we tell, when connected to the rhythms and patterns of nature can have unexpected ripples that travel far and wide. As described in the previous blog we worked with fourteen, year 6, 7 and 8 tamariki from Te...
by Jane Riddiford Several years ago when the vision for Ruamāhanga Mauri Oho was barely an idea, we took my mother Yvonne to Waihinga bush, now set aside as a QE11 covenant by Pete Smith, whose family have farmed there since the 1840’s. This is one of the most notable...
Written by Jane Riddiford Catching the train to Wellington, I remember to look up and catch a last glimpse of the Wairarapa Moana before we head into the tunnel that takes us through the heart of the Remutaka’s. I had just come from our weekly te reo class. We began...
Written by Yvonne Riddiford Celebrating my 98th birthday provided an opportunity to reflect on aspects of time and changing attitudes towards land. Without a doubt the involvement with my daughters over the years has given me a different perspective on our...
For the last few weeks I have been scrubbing mātai floorboards that will go into our new house. The boards are marked with paint splatters and black dots that I imagine come from the stiletto shoes of country women dressed up in swirling skirts alongside men with...
We had a heartening visit a few weeks ago from the trustees of the Ruamahanga Restoration Trust. As we walked down to the river and shared tea in the ti kouka grove It was encouraging to feel so much shared ground as we explored how we can support and compliment each...
It was late at night and my mind was racing. I could hear the sound of Rod on the piano at the other end of the house and heavy rain falling on our tin roof. Yet again the waters of our river would be rising and all became uncertain again. How do we prepare for...
It was back in 2021 that the shared vision that has become Mauri oho began to emerge between my sisters Liz and Lucy, my husband Rod, our mother Yvonne and myself. As I began to research how to begin a wetland restoration project all roads seemed to lead to Rawiri...