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Waterways Dream Team: CVNZ and Citycare Water

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand - Volunteers planting on the Papakura Stream Restoration Project in Auckland

Teaming up to protect our waterways

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Citycare Water who share our passion for protecting waterways.

“Our partnership with Conservation Volunteers NZ represents our commitment to social engagement and the protection and restoration of waterways as a taonga across Aotearoa. Supporting CVNZ initiatives is a further commitment from Citycare Water to deliver safe water for life”, says Tim Gibson, CEO Citycare Water.

Together, we will undertake water quality testing (including e-dna testing) to measure our impact, scale up our native planting efforts and engage the community in conservation.

It’s not just about preserving waterways – this partnership is about kaitiakitanga.

We will be working on two projects:

Papakura Stream Restoration Project

The Papakura Stream meanders its way through South Auckland for an impressive 63 km.

In the past, the stream’s banks would have been lined with forest and humming with native species. With much of the forest cover gone through developments on the land, the water quality in the stream has declined. Without the protection of the forest, sediment, pollution and nutrients have entered the stream. And the poor water quality also impacts the health of the Manakau Harbour.

CVNZ launched the Papakura Stream Restoration Project in 2021 to revive this precious waterway and its broader catchment. We are working with landowners and partners to plant riparian margins, hillsides and retired pasture with native vegetation on private and public land. The plants will filter runoff, improve habitat and stabilise the soil and they will help create a Green Belt across South Auckland.

We have planted more than 88,000 native plants, removed 1,500 kg of rubbish, and cleared 4.5 hectares of invasive weeds so far.

Ōtakaro Avon River Corridor (OARC)

Christchurch’s Red Zone is turning into a Green Zone. What was once residential housing before the February 2011 earthquake, is now transforming into a native forest.

Since 2021, CVNZ has been working with Christchurch City Council (CCC) and the local community to establish an urban forest in multiple area of the Red Zone. These areas will be replanted over the coming years with tens of thousands of native plants.

To date, CVNZ have planted over 44,000 native plants with many more to come. In the future, the area will be a thriving native ecosystem for birds, lizards and insects. It will also be a popular spot for locals and visitors to immerse themselves in nature in the heart of Te Waipounamu’s biggest city.


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