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Forest and Bird- Waitaki Branch

The Waitaki Branch of Forest and Bird has a number of active programmes including growing native plants, planting native plants at Fenwick Park and Cape Wanbrow, organising beach clean ups, organising field trips to local sites of interest and inviting guest speakers along to talk about the environment and conservation. We have around 80 members.

Starting the Change

New Zealand is crazy beautiful. There aren't many places in the world where you can view a beach and a volcano while on the motorway to work! I don't ever want to take New Zealand for granted, and I definitely don't want the generations below me to miss out on being able to go 10 minutes down the road and finding a magical bush wonderland or a glistening, SAFE, beach.

Kirikiripu Catchment Care

A community group led by locals who care about their harbour, its streams and wetlands, and the plants and animals that make these habitats their home. The group has a vision of connecting their harbour to its streams, wetlands and people, through restoring native biodiversity and creating access for walkers, cyclists and picnicers alike.

McGregor Bay Wetland

To protect, restore and preserve the natural functioning and values of the McGregor Bay estuarine and freshwater wetland at the margin of the Coromandel Harbour. 

Promote the protection, restoration, and ongoing resilience of the McGregor Bay Wetland through a collaborative community-based project, in partnership with local authorities;

Provide for the provision for improved community access and promote the importance and values of coastal wetlands through integrating conservation, education and art in order to encourage public enjoyment and participation.

Collaborating with local iwi patukirikiri to enhance the area.

Okarito Community Nursery & Wetland Restoration

Aim: to grow eco-sourced native seedlings for sale to the public, and for restoration projects around Okarito Lagoon and the West Coast, while sharing knowledge of the Glaciers to Wetland ecosystem. Removal of gorse and other weeds enhance the landscape view, and allow regeneration of native species which provide the best habitat for rare kotuku, bitterns and godwits. Nursery is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays for sales from 10am to 1 pm or by arrangement. Volunteers welcome any day


Official name Waiuku Esturary Restoration Trust, Inc. The Mudlarks are a group of people keen to see Waiuku Estuary and around, which is currently sports abundant mangroves, restored to former state how it was 40 years ago and before, with open areas of water available for Wading and diving birds, fish, and fishing, swimming, kayaking, floundering, paddling, mucking around in boats, and more.


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