Waitakere Rivercare is a community group formed in 1997 to revegetate the margins of the Waitakere River which runs from the Cascades/Kauri Park to Te Henga (through Pae o Te Rangi farmpark, private farmland, Waitakere wetlands, then finally sanddunes). From the Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Waitakere Community Nursery Colleen Pilcher, Jenny MacDonald, Derek March and Mark Bellingham involve local volunteers in cultivating eco-sourced plants including manuka, kanuka, flax, cabage trees, toetoe, coprosma, mahoe, matipo, hebe, pate, pigeon wood, putaputaweta, kahikatea, kauri, totara, tanekaha, puriri maire etc.
With funding support from Auckland Council's Environmental Initiative Fund and the support of a hardworking volunteer crew and local landowners, 5.5 hectares of wetland and riparian margin has been planted since 1997, on both park and private lands. That is 60,000 plants.
Do get in touch if you are a local land owner with river or stream margins requiring help with native plant revegetation. We are always happy to help!
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Next Volunteer Day
Rivercare holds regular working bees and planting days. If you wish to join in with a great bunch of folks please get in touch. We just gathered on valentines day to give all our seedlings larger pots.