July 20, 2020

This is the first year of a five-year project on the Wai O Te Atua Stream (located south of Huntly) funded by the Waikato River Authority and Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust.

This month, our fencing contractor completed 778 metres of new seven wire batten fencing across four properties adjoining the Wai O Te Atua Stream project. Another land owner, on the opposite bank, provided in-kind project support by supplyi...

July 7, 2020

After delays due to COVID-19, Waikato RiverCare is pleased to report that project fencing has now been completed at the Genesis funded Tikotiko Bay project on Lake Whangape.

We have been super fortunate that after lockdown restrictions eased, ground conditions have stayed dry allowing Barakat Contractors to get out to Lake Whangape and construct new project fencing. They've done a great job working with our project neighbour to...

June 22, 2020

This week is National Volunteer Week and the theme is Te Hua o te Mahi Tahi—The benefit of working together.

RiverCare employs two staff (one full-time and one part-time). The rest of the people involved in its operation are volunteers: from the members on its executive committee (15 foundation members and two advisory members) along with the many volunteers who assist in the planting events in August/September of each year. Th...

June 10, 2019

The Waikato RiverCare team is pleased to announce the successful completion of our largest Waikato River project to date, the 5.63Ha Taupiri Ki Waenganui project.

What started as a 1.1ha riparian project in 2014 progressively expanded with the help and support of landowners, our generous sponsors and members of the Huntly community into an ecosystem restoration initiative which included the establishment of a 0.9ha ephemeral we...

April 8, 2019

The deliberate removal of timber rails from fencing protecting a $80k restoration project on the Te Onetea Stream has left project partners and the adjoining landowner staggered by this thoughtless act.

The pictured railing is part of a $20,000.00 investment by the Waikato District Council to support restoration efforts lead by Waikato RiverCare to exclude stock from the stream and to plant native trees along 1,570m of the Te O...

February 17, 2019

Waikato RiverCare has received calls and emails from concerned members of the public regarding some planting sites struggling to cope with the hot, dry conditions.

Waikato RiverCare is aware that some sites that were planted last year are finding the dry conditions difficult, however the organisation, like many businesses in the rural sector, is dependent on mother nature to provide regular seasonal rain.

It is hoped the plants...

September 24, 2018

This planting season Waikato RiverCare planted 38,675 plants across eleven projects.  This year’s project planting got off to an excellent start with river and ground water levels significantly lower than at the same time last year. Big thanks to this year’s plant suppliers Kauri Park Nurseries and our lead planting contractors Native Awa Limited on a job well done over the last six weeks. Our plant suppliers Kauri Park did a...

February 19, 2018

It is always an exciting time at Waikato RiverCare when new projects get off the ground, and 2018 sees work underway on not one but four new sites! This equates to almost 7km of additional riparian planting in the Waikato River catchment covering 6.87ha, plus a further 4.2ha surrounding an ephemeral wetland.


Last week Waikato RiverCare marked the start of the Gateway Project, located just north of Meremere on the Waikato Expre...

November 2, 2017

The start of spring, usually an ideal time for planting, saw the banks of Waikato waterways completely inundated with high water levels following the wettest winter since records began with a year’s rain falling in nine months.

This was hugely disappointing for our eager volunteers from NZI, Spark, Watercare Services, Ohinewai School, Kimihia Primary School, Huntly College and Place Group, who were geared up for a planting day...

October 13, 2017

Waikato RiverCare is excited to be once again supporting the Kilwell Lower Waikato Trout Fishing Contest this year. The contest, which takes place between Karapiro Dam and the Waikato Heads, began at 5am last Saturday 7th October and contestants have until 1pm Sunday 15th October to weigh in their prize winning trout. We are delighted to see contestants of all ages out enjoying the recreational benefits of our awa.

This fishing...

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