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The 6.8 ha Kaitawa Reserve is situated in the valley of the Wharemauku Stream, east of SH1, at Paraparaumu. Riwai Street divides the scenic/ recreation reserve into two parts, with a mix of open space, forest remnants, and areas of re-vegetation dissected by meandering streams.
Wellington Botanical Society have described it in this way:
Friends of A’Deane’s Bush want to see this area as a wildlife sanctuary where plants and animals flourish, and locals and visitors are encouraged to learn about and engage in ecological restoration.
Mainland Island Restoration Operation (MIRO) is a group of volunteers who work in partnership with Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to restore the forest and lakes ecosystem of the East Harbour Regional Park (EHRP). Central to this is the elimination of animal pests - possums, rats and stoats – within a Mainland Island of 300 hectare within the Northern Forest.
The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust is a registered, charitable Trust established to help restore threatened species of native New Zealand fauna and flora, and to rejuvenate the ngahere mauri (forest lifeforce) in several North Island native forests.
An artificial Lake and Wetlands project on the North Eastern outskirts of Masterton.
Wildlife habitat with easy access and well formed tracks for walkers and cyclists.
Wharemauku Stream rises in hills inland from Paraparaumu. The main stream flows through Paraparaumu Town Centre, then winds its way through Raumati to exit near the Raumati Beach shops. The aim of FOWS is to foster improved water quality and stream environment, in a stream which is a significant feature of an urban environment.
Queen Elizabeth Park (638ha) is a public regional park for which the Friends of QEP have a very clear vision: "Our vision is Queen Elizabeth Park as a sand country landscape with natural, historic and cultural features that all can enjoy".
Whitireia Park Restoration Group is working to restore the naturally occurring flora and is planting species to assist native fauna such as native lizard, bird and fish species. We have a core of 15 people and a large support group who turn up for plantings.
Our vision is “An aquatic pathway from the Trentham Hills to the Hutt River, alive with native fish and birdlife, and providing a living record of the vegetation sequence that once existed. A place that enhances people's living environment and where people learn how natural ecosystems function through working on a project in their backyard.”