Project Title: Long Bay-Awaruku Stream and Wetland Warriors

Funding Close Date: 1 Dec 2021 (1 month 10 days remaining)



Metres Planted:
789 m

NZD $18926.68

Location: Long Bay, Awaruku

GPS Coordinates: -36.681571, 174.743005

Project Cost: NZD $107016

Cost per Metre: NZD $24

Metres to be planted: 6249m

Field Partner: Auckland Council

Project ID: NI50

Project Description:


We are pleased to announce that through the Sustainable Business Network, Restore Hibiscus & Bays has received a total of $181,254 from the Government’s Jos for Nature fund! This funding is administered by the Department of Conservation and will enable us to support people in the local community with environmental employment.

The costs of these community activators and coordinators were originally included in our Million Metres fundraiser, which means that thanks to the Department of Conservation, we now have less funds to raise to complete our project!  Our new fundraising goal is $107,016. These funds will support the cost of native plants as well as contract labour for weed removal and appropriate disposal. Thanks for your support!


The legends at Speight’s are helping us look after what matters – New Zealand’s precious waterways! Every new donation to this project will now be matched by Speight’s up to $10,000. Make your donation today.

The project

The Long Bay-Awaruku Stream and Wetland Warriors project is part of the wider Restore Hibiscus & Bays Stream Restoration Programme, which aims to restore waterways throughout the 34 catchments within the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board area, connecting native biodiversity across our significant ecological areas (SEAs) and other fragmented native ecosystems and contributing to the protection of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park – Tīkapa Moana/Te Moana-nui-ā-Toi. 

Long Bay and Awaruku catchments border each other within the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board area . They lie immediately to the south of the Okura catchments, which surround the Okura estuary and the Okura Scenic Bush Reserve managed by the Department of Conservation. 

The waterways 

The total length of the two main streams (Awaruku stream and Vaughan’s stream) and their tributaries is 18,521 metres, 15,622 metres of which is above ground. Both streams feed into the Long Bay Regional Park and the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, which protects a variety of coastal habitats including sandy beaches, rocky reefs, estuarine mudflats and extensive areas of mangroves.

The Long Bay and Awaruku catchments contain remnants of rare forest types within Auckland, as well as wetlands and other valuable habitat, and large areas of land have been identified as Significant Ecological Areas (See catchment map here). The catchments are roughly five kilometres from the top to the bottom, with the upper parts of the catchments starting at the top of Torbay Heights Reserve and passing through mixed and fragmented remnants of kahikatea, pukatea forest (WF8), as well as taraire, tawa forest (WF9).

Who we are

Friends of Long Bay is a community volunteer group that works in close collaboration with Auckland Council to plan and undertake active monitoring, trapping and baiting around Awaruku Wetland and Awaruaika wetland in the new residential development. The predator control targets rats, possums and mustelids. These lines are managed by volunteers and recorded onto the Trap.NZ app. 

Friends of Long Bay are supporting the Long Bay Regional Park to introduce animal pest and bird monitoring, rat baiting and increase possum and mustelid trapping within the 100 acre block of regenerating forest to the north of Vaughans Stream in the two gullies above Granny’s Bay. The Regional Park also runs a volunteer programme active in weed removal, planting, and maintaining an on-site nursery. Further up the catchment, Awaruku Bush Society has bait stations and possum traps in place in Awaruku Reserve. Some neighbours around Torbay Heights Reserve are undertaking possum control. 

Whitebait Connection – funded by the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and Auckland Council Healthy Waters – is also working with local schools and groups to help protect inanga spawning sites within the catchments, providing educational workshops and water quality testing.

Our project

The Long Bay-Awaruku Stream and Wetland Warriors project will link up this existing restoration activity within a comprehensive catchment-wide stream restoration strategy. This will help to increase the impact of our work and connect habitat for our native wildlife to migrate between significant ecological areas and other fragmented native ecosystems within Long Bay and Awaruku catchments and across the entire Hibiscus & Bays Local Board area. Ultimately, the Long Bay-Awaruku Stream and Wetland Warriors project will connect with other catchment-wide stream restoration projects, including Taiaotea-Rothesay Bay and Campbells Bay, as well as other large restoration and pest control projects along the Whangaparaoa peninsula (Forest and Bird Pest Free Hibiscus Coast) and around Okura Bush (Friends of Okura Bush and Pest Free Okura).

The Long Bay-Awaruku Stream and Wetland Warriors project will involve:

  • Education for landowners, residents and visitors on the negative effects for our waterways of pollutants and waste
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Native planting 
  • Pest plant control and maintenance

We anticipate the entire Long Bay-Awaruku Stream and Wetland Warriors project will be completed across 5 years, with the aim to restore the entire streams and tributaries throughout the Long Bay and Awaruku catchments.

We need your support

We are currently seeking funding to initiate Year 1 of the Project. In Year 1, we will carry out pest plant control work, including weed removal and appropriate disposal, from July to April 2020-21, preparing the Year 1 sites ready for planting. We will plant the Year 1 areas in May to July 2021 and continue with post planting maintenance from July 2021 to 2024. 15% of the funds raised will go to the Million Metres Streams Project. The team at Million Metres keep the website running, connect projects with funding, resources and people, and share the overall impact of the programme.


Speight’s partnership with Million Metres is part of a long history of Speight’s taking care of what matters. For 10 years, Speight’s supported environmental projects in the Otago region via the Speight’s Fund. In 2019, Speight’s and Million Metres partnered to transform this programme to deliver support to waterway restoration projects in Otago, and nationally. Speight’s supported planting days in 2019 and 2020, with 2021 shaping up to be another great year! Million Metres and Speight’s will keep developing the partnership over time to grow its impact.  

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