Project Title: Love Omaru Stream

Funding Close Date: 25 Oct 2019



Metres Planted:
707 m

NZD $36764

Location: Te Whanake/Pt England

GPS Coordinates: -36.878201, 174.869947

Project Cost: NZD $36764

Cost per Metre: NZD $52

Metres to be planted: 707m

Field Partner: Auckland Council

Project ID: NI31

Project Description:


Omaru stream in Te Whanake/Pt England feeds into the Tāmaki Estuary and in turn into the Hauraki Gulf. Over many years these waterways have lost some of their mauri due to historic land clearance and residential and industrial development.


Long fin eel or tuna call these waterways home but due to the decline in water quality, their numbers are diminishing. This project aims to bring back native plant habitat to the banks of Omaru stream. Plants and trees help to filtrate sediment and nutrients. Eventually, they will also create shade for the stream creating lower temperatures and higher oxygen levels for it’s inhabitants, including long fin eel. The native vegetation will also provide food and habitat for native birds, lizards and insects.


With support from Foundation North and Auckland Council and help from many local volunteers, Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) has made a start on this project by planting 6000 plants along the stream in 2018. These plants now need lots of care to ensure they flourish and don’t get out-competed by weeds.

In 2019, we want to continue the planting with 3000 trees pledged from Foundation North and an additional 2000 trees through this fundraising programme. To make the planting successful, site preparation will commence during the summer and we will continue to care for the young trees for three years.

Your support will help fund the 2000 plants, the planting itself and maintenance of the wider planting project.


This project is part of a Greenways initiative, providing cycle/walkways via the Glen Innes to Tāmaki shared path.

Restoring this area will contribute to a healthier, more beautiful environment for locals to enjoy.

All of the planting in this project will be completed by volunteers led by CVNZ team leaders. If you’re interested in taking part, we’d love to hear from you! Please email


CVNZ works with local communities, the business sector and government agencies to bring together volunteers to undertake significant conservation projects. CVNZ has offices throughout both the North and South Islands, in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Punakaiki.

CVNZ’s Conservation Work Skills programme is a training programme designed to create employment pathways in the conservation sector for the unemployed. Many of the current programme participants are from Glen Innes. Our project site in Pt England will be one of the training sites in the programme and it is right in their backyard!

COME OUT PLANTING WITH US! We’re holding a Community Planting Day on Saturday June 15th. Check out our Facebook event. We would love to see you there! 


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