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Silverstream Reserve

An Advisory Group comprising local community and Council members, responsible for developing a recently gazetted 52 ha public recreational reserve with a comprehensive management plan focused on restoration and recreational amenities. Two restoration projects, comprising some 9,000 native plants, have been/are almost completed on riparian margins under willow canopy. High success rate, but ongoing weed maintenance and finding volunteers is a major problem.

Talbot Forest Working Group

Talbot Forest Working Group was formed out of concern over the health of Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve
The objectives of TFWG are:
The provision of information that will contribute to the well being of the forest and environs.
The protection and enhancement of existing native vegetation remnants.
Working towards establishing appropriate linkages to Talbot Forest, to provide wildlife corridors.


Whau River Catchment Trust

The Whau River Catchment Trust (WRCT) is the principal community based ecological restoration organisation for the Whau River catchment.

Our mission is raising community awareness and mobilising community energy to improve the ecological health of the Whau River catchment.

Core WRCT activities include:

·         On-going riparian restoration projects in public parks and reserves such as Kurt Brehmer Reserve, Sister Rene Shadbolt Park, Archibald Park, Wingate Reserve etc

Waikanae Estuary Care Group Inc

Our project commenced in 2004 through the efforts of a group of locals in 2004, who noticed that the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve had become an exotic weed wasteland, and they wanted to restore it as much as possible to its natural state.

The estuary consists an area of approximately 75 hectares – 65 ha on the south side of the Waikanae River which is managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and 10 ha on the northern side, managed by Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC). The group works very closely with DOC, KCDC, and Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Zealandia (Karori Sanctuary Trust)

Our ultimate restoration goal is to create a self-sustaining ecosystem representative of the pre-human state that existed in New Zealand approximately 1000 years ago.
We use the term ‘representative’ because there are limitations to full restoration, such as species that have since become extinct and exotic species that cannot be controlled or excluded. The context in which we are working has also irreversibly changed. What was once part of a vast unbroken ecosystem is now essentially a 225ha island surrounded by suburbs and scrubland.

Wildland Consultants Wellington office

Friendly ecological consultants with knowledge and experience of terrestrial and aquatic restoration and weed and pest management in a range of habitats. Extensive ecological knowledge within the wider Wellington, Wairarapa,, and Bay of Plenty area. Competative rates for "Friends of" and restoration groups and opportunites for Pro Bono work (e.g. free advice).


Friends of the Otaki River Inc.

Otaki River Corridor Restoration Programme

River Estuary Restoration Programme

River Walkway Development

Te Horo School Plant Propagation Programme

The organisation was formed primarily as a local group to be the community liason in association with Wellington Regional Council in formalising and implementing a Floodplain Protection Plan for the Otaki River. The constitution of the group allows for an executive committee of 18 being made up of appointed members from various interested groups, local authorities.

Friends of Central Park

We have a working bee from 10.00-12.00 on the last Sunday of every month except December. 

We usually meet at The Jetty which is 250m upstream from the park entrance at bottom of Brooklyn Road.  Just come along - all very welcome.

The group was initially started to remove and control weeds in Central Park but has now evolved into a group of people interested in a range of activities:


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