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Friends of Whatipu

Friends of Whatipu (FOW) is a group of about 75 people who have knowledge of and links with the Whatipu area and have resolved to act as guardians of the area, helping to preserve its special character, and where possible assist the Auckland Council.

Whatipu wetlands, beach and dunes is a 'scientific reserve". The landscape is one of the most outstanding natural areas of the Auckland region.

Matarangi Reserve

A project to establish a walking track was commenced on this reserve in 2009 and on completion the focus turned to removing predators in order to protect and nurture the endangered fernbird as well as encourage the re-population of this forest remnant which had been mined, felled and farmed till the 1950s.

With the assistance and support of DOC and WRC trapping lines have become established, thousands of wilding pines have been removed, and by 2016 over 4500 native trees have been planted to kickstart forest cover and provide a food source for returning native birds.

Whangawehi Catchment Management Group

The Whangawehi Community (represented by Tangata Whenua, landowners, District and Regional Council) share a desire to maintain or improve the different cultural, ecological, recreational & economical values of the Whangawehi Catchment. Central to this aim is the need to address water quality issues & the loss of habitat for important freshwater & estuarine species.

Takatu Landcare Group

We are landowners or residents on the Takatu Peninsula. 

The Group's purpose is to preserve and conserve the natural environment in this region. In particular to support and extend the work achieved at the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary. There are several community groups operating under the umbrella Group, including at Baddleys/ Campells Bays, Christian/Waikauri Bays and Buckletons Bay. Our current priorities are stoat and weed control, and restoration of a significant wetland area.


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