Project Title: Restoring the Wairoa River at Clevedon Wharf

Funding Close Date: 17 Aug 2018



Metres Planted:
314 m

NZD $22294

Location: Clevedon Wharf Reserve

GPS Coordinates: -36.988105, 175.043893

Project Cost: NZD $22294

Cost per Metre: NZD $71

Metres to be planted: 314m

Field Partner: Auckland Council

Project ID: NI20

Project Description:

The Wairoa

The Wairoa River is the second largest river in the Auckland region. The headwaters of the Wairoa are tucked away in the Hunua Ranges south east of Auckland and play a vital role as a source of household water for the Auckland region.

Beyond the dams, the river flows out of the forests of the ranges, through farmland and the village of Clevedon to emerge in the Hauraki Gulf.

Like most rivers in such areas, it has been largely denuded of the native plants and trees along its banks to make way for pasture and plantations. The dams, first created in the 1950s, have significantly altered the natural flow of the river. The river valley has also been badly effected by flooding in recent years.

Our project

Friends of Te Wairoa Catchment is the coming together of the Wairoa River Steering Group and the Wairoa River Landcare to re-energise the effort to improve the wellbeing of the Wairoa River, the second biggest river in the Auckland Region, and its surrounding catchment.

The historic Clevedon Wharf Reserve, the jumping off point for many of the early settler families in the region, has been selected as our Million Metres planting site.

With your support, we will plant 2,000 native plants and trees along 314 metres of riverbank. This will include 6 species of grasses and sedges along the river edge, and 15 canopy species including kahikatea, manuka, puriri, five finger, wineberry, karamu and lemonwood. The planting will help stabilise and restore the banks and protect water quality.

This summer and autumn, we will remove weeds from the area and prep the site for planting in winter. The funds we raise will provide for site prep, plants, materials, planting, and maintenance to ensure the trees survive. 15% of the funds raised will go to Million Metres.

We will hold a couple of volunteer days so that the local community can participate in the planting.

Today the Clevedon Wharf Reserve is a popular area for picnics. This project will help improve the area for all to enjoy and help clean up our river.

A historic river road

Before roads existed, the site of the Clevedon Wharf Reserve was a bustling small port, the main entry and exit point for people and goods in and out of the district. Small ships would carry farm equipment and produce, including locally made butter, as well as people visiting coastal communities or off to the shops in Auckland.

The regular service continued until 1928 when the road system took over. Now the river is used by recreational boaters and kayakers, which are set to increase with imminent housing growth in the area.

WE NEED Your Support

Support this project by donating today! You can donate ANY amount.

We want to protect and rejuvenate the Wairoa River catchment in this new era of its history, to ensure it can continue to play its vital role at the heart of this vibrant community.

You can help us restore the Wairoa River at Clevedon Wharf by donating today. 


Thank you to Auckland Council Parks who are providing the first round of site preparation.

Thanks also to Kauri Park Nurseries for providing an awesome price for the native plants and trees. 

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