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Friends of the Otaki River Inc.

Year Started: 
Contact Person: 
Trevor Wylie
E-mail address: 
Group Members: 
Riverbank Road, Otaki at the river administration centre of Greater Wellington RC.
(The plant nursery is located there)
New Zealand

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.

iwi and elected personnel. There is a current total membership at present of approximately 230 Since the inauguration of the group and the settling in of the Floodplain Programme, there has been a change of emphasis and now restoration and planting occupy the greater portion of the Friends involvement.

There has been a plant nursery established and each year some 5000 - 6000  now more than 30,000 plants

native plants are propagated and planted by the Friends and local community.

Part of the restoration area is located at the river estuary, some 25ha. A preliminary three year restoration programme in association with DOC was concluded in June 2011. This is a huge area in an extremely harsh environment. Results of plantings were moderate with a high proportion of plants lost through the climatic conditions along with some vandalism.

Progress of the species plant will be monitored.

Honda TreeCare Programme, Winstone Aggregates (Wellington) Ltd, and TransPower, Quin Buildings , Fonterra, Otaki Rotary, the Philipp Family Foundation
Wellington Regional Council, Department of Conservation, Kapiti Coast District Council, and Otaki Community Board

Group Data


Plants in the ground


Stoats killed


Ferrets killed

Group Photopoints

2013 Plantings