We are a growing group of Makara residents who work to improve the water quality, habitat value and visual amenity of Makara Beach, the Makara Estuary and the tributary streams of the Makara and Ohariu valleys. Our activities focus on riparian planting, fencing of waterways, trapping of pests, and holding work parties and community events. We are always keen for more volunteers to please get in touch if you are interested!
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Rivers, streams and lakes
The Ōpāwaho-Heathcote River Network River Network was formed in June 2015 and it became an incorporated society in November 2017. Membership of the group includes a mix of representatives from community groups who are working to protect or rehabilitate specific sites on the Ōpāwaho-Heathcote River, and individuals living within in the Ōpāwaho-Heathcote River catchment with a strong interest in and commitment to, the river.
To bring back bird song into Little Bay and re-connect land people and well being through a predator free future
Activities: Weed control pest control
Parties involved: Land owners, iwi, Good Nature and Predator Free NZ
Preserve protect, maintain and retore the wetland, domain and back dune system.
Activities: Weed control and pest control
Parties involved: Landowners, ratepayers and residents, Department of Conservation
The project is known as Reconnecting the Community and Donalds Creek to Lake Wairarapa. The project is focused on restoring a wetland on Donalds Creek to the north of Featherston (Harrison St Wetland) and native plants along the shoreline of Lake Wairarapa at Lake Domain as a way to enhance the health of Wairarapa Moana, to connect the townspeople to its catchment, to enhance environmental awareness, to build community, and to create worthwhile experiences and opportunities for our youth.
We are a community group of volunteers, working to enhance the ecological and aesthetic values of Kahotea Stream, located in Titahi Bay, Porirua (near Onepoto Park).
Functioning as an umbrella group, BRaid works to protect, enhance and restore braided river ecosystems through co-operation and partnerships with iwi, individuals, schools, community groups, commercial and recreational stakeholders, and with government departments responsible for river management including local and regional councils, the Department of Conservation and Land Information NZ. Our initial focus is on the indigenous bird species that breed on the riverbed.
Million Metres Streams Project (Million Metres) is a project of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN). It is a partnership with the Department of Conservation. Its mission is to assist the planting of one million metres of New Zealand waterway with native plants and trees.
We help landowners and local groups set up and run crowdfunding campaigns for their riparian planting projects. Suitable projects are showcased on the Million Metres crowdfunding website. People learn about these projects and donate to them. We also promote the projects through media and on social media.
Project address: Build a trail which links Pauanui and Tairua and plant either side of trail to provide more habitat for birds.
Activities: Weed control, pest control and planting