Waitohu Stream Care Group
Weedbuster Type: Group
Contact Person: Sue McIntosh
The Waitohu Stream and Dune Care Group is a voluntary community group who work together to restore the dunes, wetland and estuary of the Waitohu Stream. The estuary is home to lots of local wildlife including birds and whitebait. It’s also a place for people to enjoy. The stream is one of the most polluted in the Wellington region and the group hope that their efforts to plant the riparian margins will encourage others living upstream to also take an interest in the stream. Nutrients from farms, pollution and rubbish dumping from adjoining land, and sediment from earthworks upstream all contribute to poor stream health.
Waitohu Streamcare started in 1999, and group members range in age from 7 to 86 years. Over the past 11 years the group has won numerous national awards including the Wellington Region Conservation Award and a National Green Ribbon Award in 2004, The NZ Plant Conservation Network award, the Dune Restoration Trust of NZ award and the local and regional Wellington Airport Awards.
The group meets every Monday at the nursery on Moana Street .
See http://www.gw.govt.nz/waitohu-streamcare-inc/ for more information.