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The principal aim of the group is to give students ownership of a conservation project, through which they can learn about conservation and applied research. The group works closely with the Department of Conservation to achieve these aims.
Friends of Mawaihakona Stream was formed in 2002 by Bart Hogan, Kerry & Brian Brickell in order to covert the Mawaihakona stream from a willow infested mess to lowland podocarp forest as it would have once been. In recent years, the Friends have gained permission to restore a large section of the stream as it passes through land owned by St Patrick's college Silverstream.
Kiwi Protection and Predator Control of approx 1346+ hectares and a 800+ hectare buffer zone.