Supporting Waterways Protection with Citycare Water

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Citycare Water. Citycare Water and CVNZ have a shared passion for preserving and safeguarding our waterways. This partnership will focus on growing our conservation efforts and make a positive impact on the health of our waterways’ ecosystems for the Papakura Stream Restoration Project and Otākaro Avon River Corridor projects. With Citycare Water support we will undertake increased water quality testing (including e-dna testing) to measure our impact, scale up our native planting efforts and engage more community members in conservation.

“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 of Citycare Water.

We’re excited about the positive changes that this partnership can bring. Together, we’re not just preserving waterways; we’re building a legacy of social and environmental responsibility for generations to come.

Here’s a little more about each of our partner projects:


Papakura Stream Restoration Project

The Papakura Stream, located in South Auckland, is a significant freshwater system that stretches 63km in length. Over the years, it has experienced significant changes due to development, resulting in a substantial reduction in forest cover and water quality. This, in turn, has diminished habitat for native species while increasing the sediment, pollution, and nutrients entering the stream, ultimately affecting the precious Manukau Harbour. Initiated in 2021, The Papakura Stream Restoration Project is a large-scale effort to revive this vital waterway and its broader catchment. Our vision involves a collaborative endeavor to restore and protect nature across the catchment including the planting of riparian margins, hillsides, and retired pasture with native vegetation, serving to filter runoff, enhance habitat, and stabilize banks. Furthermore, it will establish a Green Belt across South Auckland, from Whitford to the Manukau Harbour. Working on both public and private land, we have, to date, planted more than 88,000 native plants, removed 1,500 kg of rubbish, and cleared 4.5 hectares of invasive weeds.


Otākaro Avon River Corridor (OARC)

Christchurch’s red zone is about to become a Green Zone. Formerly residential housing, and vacant space since the February 2011 earthquake, it is now being replanted as 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 across Christchurch city. These former residential areas will be replanted over the coming years with many tens of thousands of plants. To date, CVNZ have planted over 44,000 native plants as part of this project and have plans for many more in future years. These plants will be going in the ground to create native habitat for birds and insects to thrive and there will be plenty of places where people can go and immerse themselves in nature.