Restoring the Wainuiomata River
Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
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Join us for a day of tree planting on the banks of the stunning Wainuiomata River.  We have partnered with the Friends of Baring Head and Greater Wellington Regional Council to protect and restore this area for future generations.  Orua-pouanui/Baring Head is an iconic landscape, with wonderful views over Cook Strait. It is rugged, yet spectacular land, and is visible from Wellington. The river is of significant ecological importance as the catchment has an area of 133 square kilometers and a river length of about 22 kilometers. Each winter volunteers do riparian planting along the river banks which will help to filter excess nutrients from the river before it empties into the ocean and provides essential habitat for freshwater fish such as inanga and eels. 

We provide: an experienced team leader, tools, gloves, health and safety management and training. Free transport from Wellington city and Wainui available - get in touch to book a seat as places are limited.

What to bring/wear: sturdy boots, long sleeves and pants, and a waterproof jacket are essential. Layering and wearing a hat or beanie is a good way to stay warm. This site can be very exposed, so it is a good idea to bring a spare change of clothes. Also bring a water bottle, lunch, and snacks.

ko au te awa, ko awa ko au - I am the river and the river is me.

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