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Waima to Laingholm Pest Free

Our group is working towards making Waima to Laingholm pest free. Our initial efforts have been focused on possum control, with the intention to use this as a base to expand to control of other pests. The control area encompasses approximately 800 Hectares, with a 50/50 split between Public and Private land owners. With the Manukau Harbour to the south, the boundary (shown in yellow) runs from the edge of Symonds Bay on the west, along Exhibition Drive to the north, then back down Huia Road to Muddy Creek on the east.

Whenuapai Restoration Group

Community group that is undertaking clearing invasive weeds from public reserves and eventually private property. Also involved in pest eradication in our region. We have a rapidly growing residential community and in the future want to involve as many existing and new residents as possible in working towards a pest free New Zealand.

Cashmere Stream Care Group

The Cashmere Stream Care Group was initiated in 2006 as part of Environment Canterbury’s Living Streams Programme. Our Committee has a broad range of experience, knowledge and expertise ranging from aquatic ecology to historical knowledge of the stream and its catchment. We meet regularly, and anyone is welcome to attend our meetings and help with stream restoration and monitoring.

Drayton Reserve Volunteers

The Drayton Reserve Volunteers, a group of about 120 locals, started in April 2016 with the aim of working with the Council to return the Drayton Reserve to its original forest and other vegetative cover, for conservation, passive recreation and educational purposes, especially for the local community. This will include accelerating native plantings, improving the streambed and water quality, reducing soil erosion, increasing the populations of native birds, lizards, fish and insects, controlling litter and animal and plant pests and improving tracks and facilities.

Opawaho Heathcote River Network

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.

Forest and Bird- Waitaki Branch

The Waitaki Branch of Forest and Bird has a number of active programmes including growing native plants, planting native plants at Fenwick Park and Cape Wanbrow, organising beach clean ups, organising field trips to local sites of interest and inviting guest speakers along to talk about the environment and conservation. We have around 80 members.

Willowbank Care Group

This group is for those in the vicinity of Willowbank Scenic Reserve, Tawa, Wellington, who want to help to look after the ecology and heritage of the area, which is 5.5 ha in size. This means doing planting of native vegetation, looking after those plants, picking up litter, caring for the stream and the eels and other life within the stream, combating pests such as blackberry, broome, gorse, convovulus and whatever else is growing there, cherishing and enhancing the heritage and ecological values.

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