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Cobden Aromahana Ecological Restoration Group

Year Started: 
Contact Person: 
Henk Stengs
E-mail address: 
Group Members: 
Land administered by the Grey District Council situated between Greymouth
and Cobden on the true right of the Grey River, downstream of the Cobden Bridge
New Zealand

Improve inanga spawning and a wetland ecosystem on Cobden Island by re-instatement of former water channels using a hydaulic excavator, followed by riparian plantings, as well as weed and predator control. Also, a total of 56 bird species have been recorded of which 18 are threatened. A bird hide is under construction, and there are proposals to build interpretation panels and develop the area's recreational potential. The Group is a partnership between local volunteers, the Grey District Council, the West Coast Whitebaiters Association and the Department of Conservation.

Funding and guidance for the project is provided by DOC, ($60,000 spread over three years). From July 2015 responsibility will be handed to the Grey District Council and the community, although DOC will still provide advice. 

West Coast Whitebaiters Association
Grey District Council, West Coast Regional Council

Group Data


Plants in the ground


Stoats killed


square metres of weeds controlled